At the moment, summer is one of our favorite seasons as it is synonymous with vacations, excursions and beaches. At least it was before the Covid-19 pandemic and we hope it will be again when this global pandemic is over. However, if we have been looking forward to summer until recently, we may change our minds drastically within the next century.
Climate change can no longer be presented. While we are all aware of its danger, scientists continue to sound the alarm about the dramatic consequences that will occur if no efforts are made to reduce the rise in temperature. This time, the researchers focused on the effects of climate change on the four seasons. And the least we can say is “hot up front!” “”
Six Month Summer 2100?
A recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters effectively warns us against changing the length of the four seasons. In particular, the researchers behind the study found that while maintaining the status quo in 2100, the summers will be six months, the winters less than two months per year, while the spring and summer last fall will also be shorter.
To arrive at this conclusion, the scientists examined the daily historical temperature data from 1952 to 2011 in the northern hemisphere. Their research showed that the length of the seasons was already changing, as summer fell from 78 to 95 days, winter from 76 to 73 days, spring from 124 to 115 days and autumn from 87 to 82 days. However, this isn’t the only change that scientists have noticed. You have also noticed that summer and winter are getting hotter and hotter.
The consequences for humans, plants and animals would be catastrophic. Image Credit: Shutterstock / Cherries
The consequences for human health and biodiversity would be catastrophic
Scientists say that if no efforts are made to prevent a rise in temperature, we will have spring and summer starting a month earlier in 2100 and autumn and winter starting half a month later. But that’s not all, the northern hemisphere will also be longer than 6 months in summer and the temperatures will also be high.
However, this change in the seasons affects not only temperatures, but also biodiversity. According to scientists, this will disrupt agriculture and animal behavior, increasing the frequency of heat waves, storms and forest fires. Additionally, “tropical mosquitoes carrying the virus are likely to spread northward and cause explosive epidemics in longer, hotter summers.” There is only one solution to avoid this dramatic scenario: lowering temperatures, starting with the reduction in CO2 emissions.