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Climate and Global Warming. Extreme weather events Humidity ,floods, storms Crops prices and wild fires. Green house gases form a blanket around earth trapping energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect). Climate change The facts.

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Climate and global warming

Climate and Global Warming

Extreme weather events

Humidity ,floods, storms

Crops prices and wild fires


Green house gases form a blanket around earth trapping energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)


Climate change the facts
Climate change energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)The facts

  • Sea levels are rising due to water expanding as temperatures rise

  • Rising temperatures accelerate melting adding extra water to the seas

  • Rising sea level lead to higher tides and storm surges

  • Climate can be natural but what’s happening now can’t be explained by natural forces only


Human causes of climate change
Human Causes of Climate Change energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)


Who is to blame
Who is to Blame? energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)

  • Humans largely responsible for recent climate change

  • Human activities releasing large amounts of CO2 and other green house gases into the atmosphere

  • Majority of green house gases com from burning fossil fuels to produce energy, deforestation industrial processes – some agricultural practices also emit gas into the atmosphere


Effects of climate change
Effects of Climate Change energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)

  • Increasing presence of pests and diseases

  • Sea level rises loss of beaches

  • Coastal communities – Hurricanes intensified

  • High temperatures affect growth and production of crops, and trees

  • Northeast – More frequent heat waves higher threat to human health, farms, aquatic life, damaging livelihoods and regional economy


Effects on health
Effects on health energy in the atmosphere causing it to warm (known as the greenhouse effect)

  • Longer Heat waves = heat related illnesses and deaths

  • Heat stroke and dehydration, most common cause of heat related deaths

  • Skin Cancer

  • Unhealthy air and pollutants

  • Spreading diseases –ticks and mosquitoes



  • Availability – food and water , contamination and water borne diseases

  • Interruption of communication and health care services

  • More stomach and intestinal illnesses

  • Mental health impacts depression and post traumatic stress disorder

  • As quality of air drops ( Lung/Cardiovascular)

  • Premature Death, asthma

  • Humidity – warm stagnant air ozone

  • Inhaling particles exacerbate respiratory diseases


  • Enhances the spread of diseases causing agents pathogens-ticks , mosquitoes

  • Salmonella and Bacteria related to food poisoning bacteria grow rapidly in warm environments

  • GI distress severe death

  • Food borne illnesses

  • Flooding overflow from sewage treatment plants into fresh water sources contaminate crops with pathogen containing feces


Advocacy
advocacy pathogens-ticks , mosquitoes

  • The choices we make today will affect the amount of green house gases we put in the atmosphere in decades to come

  • Climate change affects everyone, Our lives are connected to climate change

    interventions

  • support energy efficiency

  • Be an advocate of climate change

    IPCC, Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2007).


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