by Wolfgang Flüs
It's hard to believe, but it's true: climate change is currently our greatest threat. Even if this threat cannot always be seen with the naked eye, it still poses major challenges. The effects of global warming on nature and humans are becoming more serious every day. More and more natural disasters are caused by climate change and destroy large living spaces.
Above all, our forests are also suffering from climate change. It is the trees that are so vital to us. They clean our air and donate oxygen. But what happens if one day they no longer succeed and the terrible natural disasters take over?
What does climate change mean?
By climate change, we mean a long-term cooling or warming of our climate. We have been affected by global warming for many years. This means that our average temperature rises sustainably. As a result, our oceans and the atmosphere are warming, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising and climate zones are being shifted. Droughts, heat waves, forest fires, storms and floods are increasing and, above all, have a negative impact on trees.
The groundwater level continues to sink, the trees are no longer supplied with water and suffer from great drought stress. They shed their leaves early and eventually die of thirst. This causes great forest death.
What is causing climate change? What serious consequences does it have and what exactly can you do to support our precious trees? You can find the answers in the detailed article "Climate change - the topic of our time".
Current and past reports on climate change
Climate change is reported around the world on a daily basis. Here you will regularly find the most important news on the topic.
Heaviest rain in 60 years - storms will rage in Italy and France in 2020
Due to climate change, it rains less, but also more heavily. Northern Italy and southern France have been hit by the worst storms in decades. Masses of water tear entire houses with them, destroy bridges and cut off entire villages from the outside world. Many people not only lose their home, but also their lives due to the great storm.
Fire disaster 2019 in Australia - the most devastating fires in the country
Due to long dry periods, climate change is increasingly leading to large forest fires. Fire ravaged more than 12 million hectares of land in Australia. That is about three times as much area as Switzerland. More than a fifth of the forest ecosystems were destroyed and an estimated billion animals were killed in this natural disaster.
The hot summer of 2018 - great forest dieback
The summer of 2018 was not only extremely warm, but also very dry. According to the German Weather Service, since records began in 1881, there has never been such a large precipitation deficit in Germany between April and July. The effects of the heat are devastating: forest deaths, human deaths, animal deaths and agricultural failures.