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The Future of Climate Change

by: Susannah Gilmore

The Future of Climate Change EVSC 1450

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what will happen when the sea level rises? what will happen to animal populations?
An Inconvenient Truce: Climate, You and CO2
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climate change, environmental science, sea level rise
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Date Created: 04/11/16
The Future Managed ecosystems will change! These include:  Agriculture o Crop yields will decline with rice, wheat o Crops in the tropics will decline even more o Weeds will flourish and compete with crops  Livestock o Heat and water stress o Quality of plants (forage) will decline, animals wont get nutrients they need o More risk of disease from stress and lack of nutrients o All this will cause low growth rates and low milk production  Forestry o Extreme weather, fire, droughts, and more pests and diseases means that forests may decline.  Fisheries o Temperature, acidity and other stress factors o Wild catch fishing will be affected What can we do?  Move species  Conservation with zoos and animal shelters  Protected areas with wide climate ranges  Management strategies for change  More efficient trade and distribution networks for food Impacts on Human Health and Infrastructure Direct o Heat stress: more hot days, hot spells, heat waves, extreme heat, artic warming o Heat correlates to mortality o Work capacity will decrease as temperatures increase o Cities will be hotter-"heat-island effect" o Artic societies, trade routs may improve, infrastructure is built on permafrost, when ice melts, roads will buckle etc. o More flooding, extreme rainfall, more droughts , intense storms o Storm water management can overflow, sewer overflow, potential for disease and economic shutdown o Not enough water for the cities, tension over water supply o Sea level rise will hurt roads and coastal cities and cause erosion Ecosystem-Mediated o Air quality: smog, ozone causes ozone and death, especially in combination with heat stress, the risk is higher in cities, higher risk for allergies and asthma o Infectious diseases: vector borne illnesses increase with humidity and rainfall. Food and water borne diseases increase o Malnutrition from crop productivity declining, this increases risk for other health problems


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