For the past decade, one of the most concerning issues in the world has been climate change. While it used to be considered a theory that was not widely accepted, more and more people and governments are now beginning to believe that climate change is a huge problem that needs to be fixed. While the most concerning issue about climate change has been rising sea levels and more arid temperatures, there are other factors that could be impacted by climate change as well. One serious problem that could occur is a change to water quality (https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/27/16035776/climate-change-rain-nitrogen-algae-blooms-water-quality).
According to a recent study, if climate change continues to grow, certain areas of Florida are likely to receive more rain than ever before. While this could impact flooding, the more concerning impact is how it will affect water supply. It is believed that the new amount of rainwater will end up washing out nutrients and other healthy minerals in the water supply. These minerals not only make the water healthier to drink, but also help to prevent the growth of algae and other toxins. This could end up making the water less safe to drink and could require a more detailed filtration process before it can be released to the public.
This could end up having an impact in a lot of different ways. Beyond hurting the water supply, another way that the increased algae could impact the world is by hurting marine life. Fish and other marine life have adapted over time to the current water conditions. If more nutrients and minerals are stripped from the water, this could lead to a big reduction in certain fish populations. In some areas of the world, this could be devastating to the local economy and food supply and could require some major population shifts.