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Global Climate Change and You


How can global climate change affect you personally?

That depends on where you live in the world, as the impact of climate change will vary from place to place.

Coastal Areas: Over the past 100 years, the global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm, and scientists predict a global mean sea level rise of 13 to 94 cm over the next 100 years. That means that seaside communities will experience greater beach and land erosion , flooding during storms, and permanent loss of low-lying land as oceans creep inland.

Agricultural Areas: As temperatures increase, so do the prospects for periods of drought and water shortages. On the other hand, climate disturbances such as instense rainfall and flooding can be just as devastating to crops.

Urban and Industrial Areas: Heat plus poor air quality spells trouble for public health; especially for vulnerable populations such as children, poor, the elderly, and those with respiratory illness. Ground-level Ozone, an air pollutant that is harmful to breathe and damaging to crops, trees and other vegetation forms when certain pollutants combine with heat and sunlight.

Everywhere: A rise in temperature alone can cause a rise in mortality rates. During the summer of 2003, an estimated 20,000 people died due to extremely hot temperatures in Europe. Heat is not the only climate change impact to worry about. In many temperate countries, death rates during the winter season are 10-25% higher than those in the summer.

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