A lot of people enjoy nature. And one of the most popular escapes in California — the California coast — may not be the same in 100 years due to climate change.
Experts report that ocean temperatures in the West Coast are rising, causing changes in ecosystems and potentially threatening endangered species.
For example, sea level is rising in California and the Pacific islands, which means more water is entering the Pacific Ocean. The ocean now has a higher temperature, which is causing it to naturally freeze at the poles and warm toward the equator. This means polar bears and other animals like seals will spend more time in areas where they will no longer get a safe haven, leaving them exposed to greater dangers from their predators.
The California Sea Grant Consortium recently presented its forecast of how the ocean’s temperature will impact the coast during the next 100 years in the West. “The CalSea 100 forecast reports the vast majority of species will not move north, although many will move south,” the group wrote. “Around 38 percent will move north, 22 percent south, and the rest will be immobile. These species on the California coast include seals, whales, sea lions, harbor seals, sea lions, fur seals, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, and California sea lions. Some species in these populations may be able to adapt in their new environments, particularly if temperatures continue to increase as the forecast predicts. Other species may not be able to adapt at all.”
A group of coastal communities and landowners are fighting climate change by dedicating vast sums of money to their communities. They are also trying to adapt to rising temperatures.
One can’t help but be inspired by these communities who have opted to help others in need instead of trying to stop the tide of future climate change. Some of the most powerful examples of a people fighting to adapt to the change can be found on Facebook, and though their identities are protected, we’ve decided to include them to give you a glimpse into the real world of climate change on Earth.
As for the future of California’s climate, one expert predicts that we will see a dramatic increase in ocean temperatures over the next two decades.
If you think that climate change is all just a bunch of people waiting for someone to save them from it, you aren’t alone, as this video proves.
We had to include the video on the list, because it is incredibly effective: