Nations at Risk!

The severe impacts of climate change are affecting nations all over the globe.

Afghanistan, Iraq and central and western Africa may be more vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change then we have let on.  Conflicts of decreased water supplies, food shortages and energy infrastructure continue to set problems and concerns for the residents of such countries.  A shortage of these assets during climate change will boost the chances of scrambles for limited resources, mass migration and even civil conflict between nations.  In last year’s Department of Defense blueprint, DOD pointed out that climate change may directly affect its missions, since it will have to prepare to adapt to rising sea levels and be called upon for more humanitarian disaster assistance.  This report urges policymakers to make water and food infrastructure the central focus of climate change response plans.

Andrew Holland, the program manager of the IISS’s Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change, states that “with a global population that is expected to blossom in the coming years, and risks to food yields from climate change, it will be essential to shore up food infrastructure and keep global food markets open in food-exporting nations.”

It is up to us to help improve these nations.  What is lacking is a comprehensive strategy on how to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.

We must:

  1. Provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy in any country, as it is crucial to its overall development because energy is the engine of economic growth and improved lifestyles.
  2. Manage all natural, human, financial and physical assets to achieve long term well-being.  This implies the control over the utilization of resources to ensure sustainable development.
  3. Reduce emissions.
  4. Set national goals and commitments towards the solution of this global problem.

The threat of global climate change is growing and due to the nature of the problem, national actions through regional and international mechanisms are required. However, these actions must be carried within a reasonable and equitable development framework to ensure a sustainable development.

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