When it comes to climate change directly caused by humans, the Central American country of Guatemala is a prime example. With a population of over 16 million, spread over the course of only 42,000 square miles -- mostly in and around the capital of Guatemala City -- there is plenty being done directly and indirectly to negatively affect climate. But it’s not just civilian’s actions that leave it susceptible to climate change, as location and deforestation also conspire to make the country’s inhabitants more vulnerable to dire conditions, with indigenous communities and farmers among the most affected.
"It is urgent and the time frame is critical and it has to be right now," said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law. "We can 't lose another four years, much less eight years" (Neuhauser).
There are various consequences that may arise if significant global warming begins to take effect. Some scientists believe that over the next 50 years, global temperatures could rise by as much as 1.5-4.5 degrees Celsius worldwide (Climate Change, 1997). Many speculate that this increase in temperatures could produce profound, if not devastating effects to our environment and ourselves. Already, many scientists are attributing some of the severe weather around the world such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts to global warming (Bernard, 1993). The high-latitude regions are likely to have the largest temperature change, while regions such as the North American Great Plains are predicted to feel a large decrease in precipitation (Climate Change, 1997). In regions with a lowered precipitation rate, agriculture would suffer, potentially causing severe economic and food shortage problems. Numerous species of plants and animals could also suffer, causing permanent damage to ecosystems and biodiversity. It is also thought that because of
For example, Mendelsohn et al, sensitivity to climate change in the United States and India. The results were that India’s Ricardian function was much more likely to suffer negative effects from global warming than that of the United States. They found that the level of development has a significant effect on sensitivity to climate change. Under the same analytical frameworks, Mendelsohn et al, (2007) used data from Brazil and the United States and found evidence that when faced with an increase in temperature, Brazil will feel the most severe
There is only a certain limit to which the world may forgive the atrocities of man that cover the sky in darkness and infection. Climate change is the result of the increasing temperature of the earth that can breed very harmful effects to wildlife habitats, weather patterns, and weather intensity. The increasing frequency of ice cap depletion is creating the factors that lead to greater, more frequent storms and flood damage. The melting of the ice caps also increases the severity of wildfires that threatens homes, habitats, and lives. The main cause of climate change is the burning of resources such as coal, oil, and gas that emits harmful pollutants into the air. However, some companies are hesitant to pursue any change to their process which slows any effort to lower pollution emission. Ultimately, companies should make an agreement with government officials to integrate green technology, such as biodegradable materials, hydroelectric power, wind power and solar power, into the energy sector, changing the conventional energy sources harmful to the environment.
Earth is one of the most intriguing planets in our galaxy and especially in our universe. This planet is able to bear and sustain life on its surface and also has one of the most important compounds in the universe H2O. Earth has an abundant amount of water on its surface; making it the primary reason why life can survive. However, we humans that live on this planet are destroying it bit by bit. As human population continue to rise, the demand for fossil fuels also increases. The continuous use of fossil fuels has resulted in global warming and also pollution. Hydrocarbons when burned release CO2 into the atmosphere; in turn too much CO2 in the atmosphere heats up the planet. Global warming is slowly changing the earth’s climate at an alarming rate. Earth’s global temperature has risen 0.6 degrees Celsius since the 1900’s (Ahrens, 388). This steady increase in temperature has drastic effects on the hydrological, ecological, political, and economical systems all around the world. The issue of climate change and global warming isn’t centered on one nation or group; it is centered on all the nations around the world. So it is important to every citizen living on this planet. The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential effects of climate change will have on the ocean, agriculture, eco-systems, increasing global population, and geopolitical systems.
In the words of Barack Obama, “climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.” (J. S. World Economic Forum, 2015) This global phenomenon is causing many problems around the world and is affecting both developed countries like Canada and other countries in the process of developing. This report investigates how climate change can pose significant impacts on all countries despite economic stability. Places like Canada are affected by the severe storms and drastic changes in weather and these changes can hurt the environment and the economy. They can also pose threats to crop production and public health. Climate change can also hurt the developmental progression of low-income countries
“Flooding between 2006 and 2008 affected over 1 million people in a region where 32% of people live in poverty and are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards”(Climate) as well as endangering many rare species of animals and plants that are at risk of extinction. The increase in temperature has also led to health implications, such as mosquitos evolving to in heights of up to 2600 meters, leading to a higher risk of contracting diseases (Climate). Food insecurity of the main long-term issue for the Republic of Bolivia. The changing temperatures and overall unrealiability of the climate has had significant effects on the crop harvest of Bolivia, effecting “small producers and subsistence farmers” (Climate) the most, as the climate varies from region to region. In 2010, “sudden drops in temperature and drought resulted in the death of livestock and reduction of crops which affected 21,000 families in the Amazon departments” (Climate) and in 2011, climate instability caused the Quinoa harvest of Bolivia to drop by 50% compared to the previous year (Climate). Food instability is also attributed to the pollution and contamination of its main water sources by unregulated industrialization in the 1980s that has accumulated there throughout the year and poisons the water sources used by the people to drink, water their crops, and water their animals (Lake). In the midst of all this adversity, the people of Bolivia have learned to cope my migrating as “a way of sourcing
Climate change looms large over our rapidly growing and continually changing world. No longer are the adverse effects of this menacing global issue a mere ominous projections, they are starting to become a very concrete reality. Countries are today experiencing rising sea levels, which compromises coastal infrastructure, prolonged drought, squeezing food supply and agricultural productivity, as well as extreme storms. Rising temperatures have already led to vast reductions in the size of the Arctic. There is now no doubt amongst scientists that anthropogenic activity has been the primary catalyst to the
The concept of climate change has been around for quite a while. The earliest mention of climate change dates back to the 19th century. Swedish scientist, Svante Archenius was the first scientist to study the effect of CO2 on climate. (Rodhe et al 1997)
When you hear the words “climate change” what comes to mind? Probably weather and the changes. Many of us watch the news or use an app on our cellphones/electronic devices to keep an eye on the weather for the day, week, or even the month. But, there is actually a difference between weather and climate. Weather is actually “the changes we see and feel outside from day to day. It might rain one day and be sunny the next. Weather also changes from place to place” (Dunbar, 2014). Whereas “climate is the usual weather of a place. Climate can be different for different seasons. Different places can have different climates” (Dunbar, 2014). This paper will focus on the ins and outs of climate change, specifically focusing on what climate change
Global warming is a major issue in Cuba. Global warming affects Cuba’s climate in many ways. Sea level rise, lack of food, and loss of biodiversity are the three main issues Cuba faces. If we continue to let the environment deteriorate,
In this article it talked about the climate changes in latin america. Some of this changes include, the sea level rise, the rainfall pattern, melting glaciers, agricultural regions, and the development of diseases. All of these changes are happening in Latin America. It also talk about what latin america has.
Brazil is one of the largest Latin American nations in South America and include the largest human census in the region and its well-known that it has a strong economy and it is a mine of natural resources and relies heavily on agriculture and cattle breeding, and that the problem of climate change is no doubt that they negatively affect the development of Brazil and make them in stature do not agree on the negative ways to solve the problem cannot be undone. And that this is a big problem effects on agriculture in southern Brazil this problem and lead to high temperatures and low agricultural productivity and this requires a major effort from the government and farmers. Brazil's position on the problem of climate change is clear and is certainly open to new agreements
The environment around us carries the scar caused by global warming. Precipitation has increased across the globe, which has consequently caused more frequent floods, an increase in sea levels, and a higher frequency of strong storms. Lakes are drying up, islands are virtually dropping into the ocean, and the polar ice caps are disappearing. The planet is truly in peril. This paper will focus on three regions of the Earth in particular: Antarctica, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef. More specifically, it will examine the extent of the impact that global warming has had on each region..