Over the next couple of weeks, I will be showcasing how Climate Change will impact different areas of our lives (through photos) including health, the environment, our transportation and urban infrastructure, our food security, and our water resources. The term "Global Warming" is not an accurate and comprehensive depiction of the impacts of Climate Change. That misguided term has fueled the skepticism, denial and outright manipulation of sound scientific data. It's important we use accurate and concise terminology!
Water is our lifeblood, we cannot live without it. In this country, we often take it for granted. But in many others, water (especially clean water) is not a given. 1.6 billion people worldwide live in places with "absolute water scarcity," a number expected to increase to 2.8 billion by 2025 (World Bank). Climate Change is impacting (and will continue to) many countries' and states' water resources through increased intensity, less predictable, and longer duration droughts. At times, Climate Change will impact our water through higher intensity, unpredictable and more devastating floods, resulting in billions of dollars worth of damage, loss of life and disrupted livelihoods. For many cultures, water is central to the spiritual, environmental and health of their people.
Drought will impact #agriculture through access of water to crops and livestock. Due to the devastating US droughts of 2012, @usdagov declared a "natural disaster" in 2,245 counties (nearly 71% of the US). Drought impacts #wildfire that have continued to rage across the US. This includes the Fort McMurray Fire (2015), the costliest fire in #canada history; the Anderson Creek Fire (2016), the largest wildfire in #kansas history; and the Carlton Complex Fire (2014), the single largest fire in #washington history. Drought impacts the environment, its wetlands, fisheries and forests and inevitably the many species that inhabit these places.
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