Climate change is already happening. Prevention is a mute point. One can – and should – however prepare for the effects of climate change, such as: severe weather, droughts, wildfires, rising sea waters, global health issues and changes in the ecosystems.
Later today (Tuesday, 25 June), President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Georgetown University on climate change. He is expected to speak on the steps he believes the country needs to take to prepare for the effects of climate change. The talk is scheduled for at 1:35 p.m. at Georgetown. The speech will be webcast live on http://www.georgetown.edu.
Climate change is not a new concern. As the world’s population increases, the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases build up. Hurricane seasons have grown in intensity, and are expected to continue to do so. The increase in heavy storms lead to more frequent flooding.
Global warming is another popular phrase when speaking of climate control. As temperatures rise, the sea waters are rising. This is because warmer water takes up more space than colder water. Sounds improbable but consider the two cups of water you bring to a boil for your mashed potatoes. When you first put the two cups in the pot, it barely fills the bottom of the pot. As it boils though, it appears as though the water rises. In addition, as the Earth’s temperatures rise so do the sea temperatures. The glaciers and ice melt and add to the rising sea water levels.
Ironically, the same higher temperatures that are causing the water levels to rise, are also the culprit behind worldwide droughts and massive deadly wildfires. Essentially the weather patterns – including the rainfall patterns – are changing globally.
While the exact text of President Obama’s speech later today has not yet been released, he would be remiss if he did not mention and therefore warn the American people of the potential health risks associated with the changes in our climate. The increased heat leads to heat exhaustion cases and heat strokes. Asthma attacks will increase as warmer weather and pollution continues to increase the amount of smog. The warmer temperatures also give mosquitoes and other bugs the opportunity to spread their diseases – like West Nile Virus – for a longer period of time.
Governments – not just the US but across the globe – need to plan out ways to slow down or reduce the greenhouse gases and the negative impact we have on the Earth. Back in 2009, Obama created the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. The Task Force has, at the very least, raised awareness on the issue of climate changes and its effects.
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