By Laura Newcomer
There have been a lot of high-profile examples of the effects of global warming on the planet. The fires in Australia are just one — drought and high temperatures have led to out-of-control burning on this ecologically diverse continent. But there’s one thing that we should also pay attention to, and that’s the water supply. This affects every ecosystem on the planet, and global warming affects it in some really devastating ways.
For example, patterns that we’ve come to depend on with rainfall may be completely disrupted by global warming. Instead, we’re likely to have to focus on whiplash — drought and deluge. In addition, a more intense cycle of temperature highs and lows is going to result in water quality that isn’t what we’ve come to rely on, as oxygen and algae levels increase. How else will water quality be affected? This graphic helps explain what’s going to happen with water quality.
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Laura Newcomer is a writer, editor, and educator with multiple years of experience working in the environmental and personal wellness space. Formerly Senior Editor at the health site Greatist, Laura now lives and works in Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published on Washington Post, TIME Healthland, Greatist, DailyBurn, Lifehacker, and Business Insider, among others. She has taught environmental education to students of all ages in both Pennsylvania and Maine, and prioritizes living an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. She’s a big proponent of creating self-sustaining communities and accessible healthy food systems that care for both people and the earth. An avid outdoorswoman, she can often be found hiking, kayaking, backpacking, and tending to her garden.