GEOG 1000 - Lecture 12 - Oct. 26, 2011

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 12 - Oct. 26, 2011 - Global Warming and...

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Global Warming and Climate Refugees: Island States What is global warming? - An increase in the temp. of the earths atmosphere - Dramatic increase in greenhouse gases - CO 2 - Without greenhouse gases there would be no life - Problem with global warming is the increase - Tied to burning fossil fuels and hence industrialization, econ. Development etc. - Temp. will rise an estimated 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit by 2030 (double that by 2100) unless a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions Overview: Probable Impacts of Global Warming - Rise in sea levels - Melting polar ice caps and glaciers - Projected that ocean will rise one meter by 2050 - More extreme weather - Decrease in fresh water - Agriculture: decrease in grains - Drought - Extreme temperatures - Increase in wild fires - Climate refugees - Millions of people will be displaced because of climate change - A person who will be forced to leave their home rather than country - Exception is island states - The Maldives - Series of over 1000 islands in the Indian Ocean
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course GEOG 1000 taught by Professor Steveneflusty during the Spring '08 term at York University.

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GEOG 1000 - Lecture 12 - Oct. 26, 2011 - Global Warming and...

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