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Published on February 16, 2014

Author: AnnabelHomer



This is a brief presentation about climate change, and how its devastating effects may be closer than you think!

Things are hotting up and only we can change it...

What’s changing.... • Over the next 20 years, we can expect global warming of approximately 0.2°C per decade. • Depending on the emissions scenario, a rise in temperatures between 1.1°C (low rise in emissions) up to 6.4°C (high rise in emissions) is expected by the end of the 21st century. • Extreme climatic events (heat waves, ice cap melt, and extreme precipitation) will continue to increase in frequency and intensity throughout the 21st century. • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the 'dominant cause' of global warming. (Santer et al 1995; Stott et al. 2000). • Climate change could have a serious impacts on global economic growth and development, and bring huge threats to biodiversity, endangered species and vulnerable populations. …… but the effects of climate change can also be felt closer to home…

Climate Change affects the most vulnerable..... • Globally, millions of people struggle with uncertain rainfall, especially farmers. Too much, too early, or too little too late; the seeds they plant don't grow, or they get washed away. If the rain comes too late, the seedlings often die, and farmers don't have a way to adjust to that kind of stress. • What people try to do if they can't grow enough food is try to eat less. But, of course, there is only so much less that people can eat before they start feeling hungry or the impacts of malnutrition. • The consequences of the earth’s warming just by 2°C to 2.5°C by the 2050s would mean 23% in Sub-Saharan Africa and 62% in South Asia would suffer severe stunting.

But it’s also causing havoc closer to home...

The result of rampant deforestation is that the earth’s natural capacity for Co2 recycling is reduced...

Humans are partly to blame....but we can also act to slow global warming.... • • • If global CO2 emissions (including emissions related to deforestation) continue at current levels, they will reach 41 billion metric tons of CO2 per year in 2020. This would result in ocean surface level warming and a potentially hazardous drop in plant biodiversity. In an interview with a local member of my community, we discussed numerous ways in which we could all, individually, reduce our carbon and other dangerous emissions, and work towards a cooler, greener world, e.g. regular recycling, reduced air travel, buying locally produced goods, using electricity efficient bulbs, saving water, promoting green transport, pushing governments to meet and build on Kyoto protocols and international drives to reduce omissions.

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