Global warming, also referred to as climate change, is a rise in the earth’s atmospheric and oceanic temperatures. This is due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting from pollution and the burning of fossil fuels. This boost in temperatures can then lead to severe effects such as the melting of glaciers and arctic ice, rising sea levels, longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall… the list goes on and on. Here’s a series of before-and-after photos to show the effects that climate change is having on our earth and what will continue to happen if we refuse to do anything about it. I bet you would never guess what’s going on in Siberia!
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: Then
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has forever been one of Earth’s, and more specifically the ocean’s, greatest wonders. It is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, stretching over 1,400 miles. It is so enormous that it can even be seen from space and is known to bring visitors to tears. The reef is the world’s biggest structure and was made by living organisms known as coral polyps. It is also home to an astounding diversity of life and has even been named one of the seven wonders of the world.