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Climate Change and Environmental Damage

Climate Change and Environmental Damage

By now, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that climate change is already here. Its effects are being felt all around the world, and they will continue to worsen. Vulnerable populations in low-income countries will bear the brunt of the impact of extreme weather events, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and shifting rainfall patterns. As bad as the impact of climate change on these populations is, it is only a part of the entire problem.

In much of the developing world, the combination of broad poverty, rapid economic growth in some population segments, rampant and unregulated urban expansion, and the lack of political will coupled with the absence of appropriate, enforced policies, has led to significant damage to the environment and people: toxic indoor and ambient air, polluted water systems, landfills overflowing with non-biodegradable waste, deforestation, and far-reaching health consequences that threaten economic productivity in the long-term.

While major policy reforms, enforcement and behavior change are required to fundamentally address these problems, targeted technology advances will help societies track, mitigate and adapt to the damage.

Climate Change and Environmental Damage

By now, there is ample evidence to demonstrate that climate change is already here. Its effects are being felt all around the world, and they will continue to worsen. Vulnerable populations in low-income countries will bear the brunt of the impact of extreme weather events, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and shifting rainfall patterns. As bad as the impact of climate change on these populations is, it is only a part of the entire problem.

In much of the developing world, the combination of broad poverty, rapid economic growth in some population segments, rampant and unregulated urban expansion, and the lack of political will coupled with the absence of appropriate, enforced policies, has led to significant damage to the environment and people: toxic indoor and ambient air, polluted water systems, landfills overflowing with non-biodegradable waste, deforestation, and far-reaching health consequences that threaten economic productivity in the long-term.

While major policy reforms, enforcement and behavior change are required to fundamentally address these problems, targeted technology advances will help societies track, mitigate and adapt to the damage.