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"Climate Change: How has it affected the Pacific Islanders"
Transcript of "Climate Change: How has it affected the Pacific Islanders"
Jone B. Tikoicolo
UU100 Flexi-School 2014
Climate change is a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet's weather patterns or average temperatures.
Effects on Pacific Island Nations:
Rise in sea level
Effects on portable water
Effects on arabale land
Extreme weather events
Political and social upheaval
Risks to infrastructure of low lying islands and nations
Statistics have shown that climate change have not only affected the lives of Pacific Islanders but it will create a major shift in their lively hoods. Take for instance Kiribati has purchased about 400 acres of land in Vanua Levu for emergency purposes. Should their islands sink, they should migrate and settle in their new home land.
Data - sea level rise
Data shown illustrates the rise in sea level for the Pacific Island Countries. Maximum height reached was Solomon Islands followed by Tahiti with Fiji coming 5th
Loss of identity
Loss of traditions and culture
Ways to minimize effects of climate change
Climate change are mainly caused by human activities. And we can reduce this by reducing the use of fossil fuels, use of aerosols, carbon dioxide released from cement. Plant more tress, use bio-fuel to power machines use bio-gas for cooking and many more.
From the information gathered it can be concluded that man are the root cause of climate change. Industrial nations such the US, China, Russia to name a few are major contributors to climate change. The Pacific low lying atolls will greatly suffer the repercussions of these global polluters. Evidence are shown by countries such as Kiribati, Tuvalu, Cook Islands and many more that are tabled in slide 7. Rise in sea levels to their door steps and in worse case scenarios they will have to abandon a pace they once called home.
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