Climate Change Will Not Affect Everyone Equally

The latest news on climate change issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrates how the effects of climate change can seriously widen the strata already in existence between Americans. This new government report points to the fact that climate change will effect different segments of the society in different ways depending upon such factors as if you are rich or poor, young, middle aged, or senior, and the biggest brunt of climate change will affect the needy, the young and the old.

According to the EPA, there will be no where to run to avoid the affects of global warming, from the deep south to the cold Alaskan weather, rising sea levels and temperature rising well affect all Americans. New England will experience major heat waves and Arizona and the west are singled out as major contenders for extreme high temperature elevations due to their activity as heat producing growing cities, with greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution. These cosmopolitan areas will continue to experience energy shortages, water shortages, wildfire and serious climate change. Right now these areas are seriously approaching the point of no return if nothing is done to remedy the situation.

The effects of global warming has already showed its telltale signs and climate change and global warming disasters will get worse during the next half century. The EPA report also ratifies several parts of previous documentation submitted by an international sponsored climate study spelling out the dire consequences of climate change released to the public in 2007.

Jonathan Overpeck, the director of The Institute of Planet Earth, Arizona State University, released a statement, stating that the United States Government has legitimized warnings of this 2007 International climate study. “The message is coming out loud and clear that climate change is very real.”

The report had several interesting findings specific to the United States. Among them were:

Extreme heat waves resulting in food shortages, droughts, longer summer seasons, floods, and intense storms.

Airborne and water related diseases will cause a rise in lung diseases, asthmas, and more.

Reports of heat induced deaths, will rise among the poor, young and elderly, hitting population in areas without air conditioning or a means to cope with the extreme temperatures.

Tourism, and cold water fisheries will suffer, and a there will be a strain on the governments to meet the crises in various areas as they arise. Millions of people will be affected by water shortages.

Greg Garfin, one of the study’s writers, states that the ecosystem of the Northern and Central Rockies may seriously change due to these predicted future climate changes.

However the study does not offer any solutions on how to stop climate change and President Bush has not agreed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. He has only now admitted that greenhouse gas emissions play a part in global warming.

The report findings urgently caution that government leaders from the three governmental levels, municipal, state and federal, begin talks and find resolution for “long term sustainability” very quickly before it becomes too late.

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