Dangerous effects of climate change

Climate change is all set to hurt us in a lot of dangerous ways in the coming years. Close the heels of last week’s prediction that the seas could rise another six feet by the end of the century, the White House has releases a new report looking at the health impact of global warming.

The IMPACT

> With heat waves expected to rise more than 27,000 per year by 2100, from 1990 baseline, the study warns that extreme heat can cause more forest fires and increase pollen counts. It will result in poor air quality thereby threatening epople with asthma and other lung conditions.

>> Poor air quality is likely to lead hundreds of thousand of premature deaths, hospital visits, and acture respiratory illness by 2030.

>> Climate change also threatens mental health, the study found. Post traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety can result in places that suffer extreme weather linked to climate change, such as hurricanes and floods.

>> Cases of mosquito and tick-borne diseases can also rise.

> Researchers even found that there is a likelihood that our food will become less nutritious as CO2 levels rise. Wheat, rice, and potatoes can all see diminishing protein content as CO2 concentration increases, which has negative implications for human nutrition .

EL NINO Can Have Huge Impact on Marine Food Chain

  • El Nino- the climate cycle that develops along the tropical west coast of South America every three to seven years- can have a huge impact on the marine food chain with a rippling effect on fishery and the livelihood of fishermen.
  • El Nino’s mass of warm water puts a lid on the normal current of cold, deep water that typically rise to the surface along the Equator and off the coast of Chile and Peru.
  • In a process called upwelling, those cold waters normally bring up the nutrients that feed the tiny organisms which form the base of food chain.
  • These tiny plants, called phytolankton are fish food-without them fish population drop, and the fishing industry that many coastal regions depon on call collapse.
  • El Nino is an irregular climatic change affecting the equatorial Pacific region. It is characterized by the appreance of unusually warm water off northern Peru. climate change

THREATEN $ 2.5 TRILLION IN ASSETS

  • Trillions of dollars worth of financial assets may be under threat from global warming by 2100.
  • If warming reaches 2.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial revolution levely by 2100, investments worth some $ 2.5trillion may be in danger
  • Climate change can destroy assets directly through sea level rise for example, by depreciating their value, or by disrupting economic activities lower down the chain through drought or freak storms.

 

 

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