Calentamiento global

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“Global warming” is a term that we all hear in a constant daily basis, through the media, through professors, and among the people that surrounds us. In fact, we all have a general knowledge about this phenomenon, mainly because our understanding is generally limited to the fact that “the earth is heating up” and that if we are not to do anything about it, it is more likely that in the future,the earth will collapse and millions of people will die. Though, we are aware of the damage we have caused and the cost of it; we have long distance upcoming appreciation of these unavoidable consequences. We belief that our grandchild, even more likely our great grandchild are the only ones who are going to have a vivid experience of the catastrophes that global warming will cause. What is more,we are in denial of what it is already happening; we are minds closed to the fact that there are islands such as Fiji, Tuvalu and the Maldives who are currently fearless of the possibility of just fading away and disappearing from the phase of the earth. We are also blind to the fact that the increase in certain types of diseases, or even more the causes of the increase rates of death all aroundthe world might be caused by the raise of the heat of the earth.
Pacific islands are the ones who are suffering the most. Nations gathered within this area are some of the most fearless states of all, who are presently experiencing the damage of global warming primarily through the rise in sea levels. These countries, are right now trying to cope with environmental concerns, and trying to findsolutions to what’s already happening.
“Global warming could spell the end for a number of tiny island nations in the Pacific” Shi Yingying reported. Some of the main concerns of these islands are: pollution, conflicted tourism, local culture, ecology, and as mentioned before rising sea levels. Tuvalu is a nation considered the fourth smallest country in the world, with ten thousand citizens, inwhich its highest point is only five meters above sea level. This nation´s authority are fearless of what will happen if they had to evacuate to higher ground due to an earthquake, or a tsunami. This is a country that depends on food imported from Fiji, an island who is also in danger of extinction. “The beaches are disappearing. When there's a high tide, you can see seawater moving across roads.”A very alarmed worker of the Pacific Pavilionz said. It is estimated that in another fifty years, more than sixty percent of Tuvalu's land will disappear into the ocean, according to figures provided by the nation's meteorological department. For each of these reasons, Tuvalu´s residents are considering relocation, and some of them have already moved to nearby islands, such as Fiji.
Moreover, inthe article “Small Island Nations to Disappear Within Years”, many nations in danger of sinking are mentioned. Kiribati’s population of 90,000 may need to emigrate elsewhere, in order to survive within a sixty year time frame, and what it’s more its long-term solution is for the population to move elsewhere in about twenty to thirty years. Other countries which are at risk are: Tonga, FrenchPolynesia, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, and even parts of the Hawaiian Islands. Places in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands are also facing deplorable situations. “Some of the solutions may be the concentration of island populations to higher ground, desalination of local water supplies, the building of dykes around vulnerable areas or, as a last resort, emigration.” (Luf, 2010)
In theother hand, health issues such as premature death and heat-induced cardiovascular problems are also addresses to global warming. Feigin, a well recognized scientist examined the relationship between stroke occurrence and weather parameters in Novosibirsk, Russia. As it is said in the article, this city has the highest incidence rates of stroke in the entire world. After the analysis of 2208...
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