The world’s water crisis
Over 4 billion years ago the Earth was formed with pure H2O molecules. Today these same molecules in the oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. Over the past 100 years we have seen a rise in our sea levels. According to NASA satellite research from 1900- 2016 there has been a sea level rise by 21 cm. A few of the many causes of rising levels are air pollution and rising temperatures. According to research by PBS, it is projected that by 2050 water levels could rise to 19 inches. Sea levels rising could impact wildlife in the polar ice caps and coastal marine life. An article in Jacksonville.com explains that the recent hurricanes have seen increasing damage from sea levels to rise in the Atlantic Ocean and into the St Johns River. Jacksonville University professor Jeremy Stalker says that in the next five years areas like Mayport Naval Station, TIAA Bank Field, and San Marco are at high risk to flooding because of recent storms bringing higher water levels. In Venice, Italy the water levels in the canals are at an all-time high with more than 80 centimeters above the mean sea level.
Rising water levels is not only affecting oceans and rivers but the Great Lakes as well. “The Chicago Tribune” highlights how homeowners living near the Great Lakes are facing issues with runoff going onto their property. Runoff is produced by high levels of rain and is happening in other coastal fronts across the world. Many climate change activists including Greta Thunberg have spoken out against this water crisis happening across the world.