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Increasing of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) can cause an increase in the greenhouse effect, which increases the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere.
Increasing the Earth's temperature can have a number of effects:
- Increased drought
- Melting of the polar ice caps
- Rising of sea levels -- this affects low lying coastal regions and deltas. Especially important for small island countries.
- Melting of glaciers. Glaciers in some areas account for much of the fresh water.
- Shifting of crop zones
- In addition, increasing carbon dioxide can cause ocean acidification (not due to temperature, but the direct effect of the gas)