STAYING HEALTHY: Reducing the Heat
Can The Third World Countries escape the effects of climate change as current contribution to green house gas release of the third world countries is small?
Unluckily, what effects planet earth is going to affect us as well?
What will be the effects of even a small increase in the earth’s temperature?
The faster temperature rise, the greater the threat of damage to the planet’s ecosystems on which all life depends.
Rising temperature is already changing the water cycle and the consequences will be a decline in the quantity and quality of freshwater in all major regions.
Health risks will increase as the distribution of infectious disease-carrying vectors (such as material mosquitoes) and allergy causing pollen alter.
Biodiversity, already under threat, will be affected with 1/3 of all species facing an increased risk of extinction and some species not surviving.
Rising sea levels will exacerbate coastal erosion and flooding, while higher ocean temperature is already impacting marine life.
The poorest communities will be the most exposed as they have fewest resources to invest in averting or alleviating the impacts of climate change.
The developing countries are more vulnerable to the impacts associated with a changing climate. These impacts already are, or will, affect the sectors essential for human livelihood including water resources, food security and health.
Large Population size, poor social development in health and education, rapid urbanization, a deteriorating urban infrastructure, poor agricultural and industrial practices, insufficient energy use together with a variety of environmental stresses from water pollution, soil erosion and deforestation are all factors likely to increase the country’s vulnerability.
Scenarios of climate change in these countries by 2020 & 2050 superimposed on the current situation suggest that the resolving socioeconomic and environmental issues may be the most important means of addressing climate impacts and facilitating the adaptation to long-term climate changes.