SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS

Those who contribute the least are hurt the most

HOTTEST NOVEMBER IN AUSTRALIA

November 25, 2020

Australia recorded it's hottest temperature ever, reaching 41.9C (107.4F). Meteorologists attribute these high temperatures directly to climate change. These record-breaking temperatures are a cause for alarm as Australia braces for it's next wildfire season.

“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”

-Rajendra K. Pachauri, IPCC chairman (2002-2015)

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Cost

Implementing global warming adaptations now will cost ~$1.8 trillion. 

The world currently spends ~3x that amount subsidizing fossil fuels. 

An investment now would return $7 trillion net gain to the global economy.

 

If we don't take immediate action, fixing global warming will cost over $20 trillion by 2030.

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Health Effects

Climate change has been linked to a number of health impacts including:

... and many more.

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Migration

Flooding and drought decimate crops and farmland, sometimes for many years. People who depend on local agriculture are faced with famine.

Additionally,  severe weather events caused by global warming, such as prolonged drought, extreme heat, and flooding is rapidly making tropical areas uninhabitable. 

 

Prolonged hardship due to food shortages, related health issues, and financial ruin can cause civil unrest within communities and push populations to migrate away from their homelands. 

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Ecosystem Collapse

Wildfires, droughts, severe weather storms, and warming oceans all impact the habitats of local wildlife.

 

As vertebrate, plant, and insect species struggle to adapt to the warming environment, endangered animals are pushed closer to the brink of extinction

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Feedback Loops

Global warming is accelerated by feedback loops:

  • Permafrost thaw: releases tons of sequestered carbon and carbon-emitting microbes

  • Melting ice caps: smaller ice caps reflect fewer sun rays and the dark surrounding ocean absorbs heat

  • Warming oceans: cold water acts as a carbon "sink", whereas warm water absorbs less carbon

  • De-forestation: Wildfires and drought kill trees which not only releases carbon but shrinks forests, which normally act as a natural carbon sink.

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