Climate change means global crisis
Published: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Updated: Sunday, November 20, 2011 18:11
The world is getting warmer, according to a new United Nations study, and it is an issue that must be addressed.
According to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this warmth is leading to dangerous heat waves as well as more floods. This is an issue that must be looked at carefully, as floods and heatwaves have serious ramifications upon our planet.
The report from the IPCC uses cautious language when assigning blame, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The report states that there is evidence to show that it is due to human activities, but that it is unclear how much blame we bear.
Regardless of how much we may or may not be to blame, we must come together globally and agree that this is a problem. No one country will be able to solve the issue of climate change by itself.
Rather than focus on causes, the IPCC report focuses on the effects of climate change. According to the 29-page report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation," it is almost a certainty that increases in the frequency and magnitude of "warm daily temperature extremes" will happen during this century. According to the report, this could increase the frequency of heavy precipitation, particularly in areas such as the high latitudes or in the tropics.
This could potentially have serious environmental consequences for different parts of the earth. The report provides a few examples of what could happen as a result of climate change.
In East Africa, there is a greater likelihood of heavy rains that could lead to flash floods. Europe will take on more heat waves, and a lack of air conditioning and an aging population are the risks, according to the report. It recommends stronger buildings and improved drainage systems as well as a reduction in poverty to address these issues, according to the Chronicle.
Hurricanes in the Caribbean and the United States are likely to increase in maximum wind speeds and the amount of rain that falls. This creates the potential for serious environmental damage for these two parts of the world. To manage these dangers, the report recommends better building codes and weather forecasting.
The 220 scientists and policymakers who wrote this report expressed little confidence in drought projections for the region of West Africa. They still, however, recommended drought-resistant crops and improved water management for the region.
The issues surrounding climate change are serious and complex. Although the causes of this problem still need to be examined, we can take immediate steps to prepare for its effects, as mentioned in this report. This will require global cooperation and planning in order to be properly executed. No one country will be able to address global warming by itself, as this is a global problem that requires a global solution.
Countries will have to work together to find agreement on how to move forward on this issue. It must be addressed to avoid environmental consequences.