|Asunto:||[LEA-Venezuela] The Inequities of Climate Change (Worldwatch Institute )|
|Fecha:||Jueves, 12 de Junio, 2003 22:09:26 (-0400)|
|Autor:||Jorge Hinestroza <vitae3 @..........ve>
Inequities of Climate Change|
||Friday, June 13, 2003. 2:00
PM - 3:00 PM EDT (1800 - 1900 GMT) |
With global average temperatures
climbing to 14.52 degrees Celsius, 2002 was the second hottest year since record
keeping began in the late 1800s. The nine warmest years on record have occurred
since 1990, and scientists expect that the temperature record set in 1998 will
be broken with a new high in 2003.
Scientists predict that higher global
temperatures will translate into a greater number of extreme weather events. The
number of big weather catastrophes worldwide has quadrupled since the 1960s, a
trend that many attribute to rising global temperatures.
Poor nations and
communities are disproportionately vulnerable to the reverberations of climate
change. While wealthy nations, mostly through fossil fuel burning, contribute
disproportionately to carbon emission levels, developing nations suffer far
higher relative economic and human losses from weather related disasters
associated with climate change. Rising global temperatures have made citizens of
poor nations more vulnerable to infectious diseases like malaria, while climate
change-induced sea level rise threatens the very existence of some small island
Join Vital Signs 2003 authors Janet Sawin, Molly O’Meara
Sheehan, and David Taylor to discuss the responsibilities and burdens of climate
Questions for this chat may be submitted starting on
Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 2 PM EDT (1800 GMT). For more information about this
webchat or other online discussions, visit us on the web at www.worldwatch.org/live/.
Worldwatch Institute: The Worldwatch Institute is
an independent research organization that works for an environmentally
sustainable and socially just society, in which the needs of all people are met
without threatening the health of the natural environment or the well-being of
future generations. For more information, visit us on the web at www.worldwatch.org/.