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What are the Consequences of Climate Change?

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What are the Consequences of Climate Change?

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The impact of human-induced global climate change is expected to surpass all previous natural climate changes documented over the last 10,000 years. Indeed, the first dramatic signs have already appeared, such as the devastating power of hurricane Katrina, the recent episode of deadly heat waves across the United States and Europe, and the unexpectedly rapid melting of the polar ice cap. The consequences if we fail to act are expected to include hurricanes of increased frequency and intensity, tornadoes, costal and inland flooding, the increased spread of disease, and massive global economic disruption, among others. While the regional impacts, magnitude, and rate of change are subject to discussion, it is generally accepted that climate change will: • Increase the earth’s overall temperature, which could alter precipitation patterns, trigger extreme weather conditions, disrupt the ocean conveyor belt, cause a rise in sea levels, and threaten fresh water supplies; • Change delicate eco

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It is important to understand that scientists don’t know for sure what climate change will bring. However it will result in social, environmental and economic changes on an international, national and local level.

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The impact of global climate change is expected to be more drastic than all other natural climate changes that have been documented over the last 10,000 years. Consequences are expected to include more hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding rivers, drowning of low lying islands, increased disease, misery and massive global economic disruption.

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The likely effects of climate change include a greater frequency of extreme weather conditions: droughts; heat waves; and floods caused by rising sea levels. The dramatic increase in population and rapid development of industry brings a higher demand for new energy sources as well as increasing the levels of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. Scientists have found that CO2 levels have risen from an estimated 280 parts per million (ppm) before the industrial revolution to 360 ppm today.

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What’s so bad about warm days and balmy nights? Why try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Unfortunately, increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will not create a worldwide tropical paradise. The Earth’s atmosphere supports a balanced variety of climates on which diverse ecosystems depend. Human activities that thicken the gaseous “greenhouse” around the planet threaten to disrupt that balance. In the last 100 years, scientists have detected an increase of 1F in the Earth’s average surface temperature. There is international scientific consensus that human activity is responsible for some of this increase. A rise of only a few degrees in the Earth’s average temperature could result in: • Wider fluctuations in temperatures • More frequent and intense storms • Flooding of beach, marsh, and other low-lying coastal areas • More precipitation in some areas and not enough in others • Wider distribution of certain diseases Such significant changes could damage communi

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