Human Response To Climate Change

1317 Words6 Pages
Climate change means a change in climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. Climate change is important for number of reasons. Ecosystems, human health and economy are all sensitive to changes in climate including both the magnitude and rate of climate change. It is particularly important to remember that as a problem climate change does not exist in isolation (UNFCCC, 1992).
The debate on climate change has begun to take into account issues related to human response or adaptation (Smithers and Smit 1997) and the present agenda for research on climate change is still not devoting much attention to the question of adaptation (Wilbanks and Kates 1999). The word “adaptation” figures prominently in the titles of many publications in this area but not in their contents. There is thus a grave mismatch between the knowledge that is needed to act locally and what is currently being done globally to generate knowledge about climate change, its impact and responses to concerns (Wilbanks and Kates 1999).
Climate or environmental change has already seriously affected 325 million people a year with 315000 dying from hunger, illness and weather disasters induced by climate change. The annual death toll could well rise to half a million by 2030, with 10 percent of world’s population seriously affected (Grain, 2009).
Open Document