Global Warming Effects on Populations
Global Warming Effects on Populations
Climatic changes caused by global warming have already started affecting populations across the world in different ways that nobody ever thought would. The increase in temperature has both positive and negative effects across different regions, where increase in temperatures could be an advantage in some areas while it poses a threat in other areas. Consequently, solutions to solve the effects have brought along other disasters such as diseases. Additionally, the impact has diverted goals of most countries from concentrating on developing, to seeking solutions to unending problems. In most cases, the poor or most of the populations with scarce resources suffer the greatest effects for which they are not the contributors. Climate change has changed many social issues across the whole globe bringing with it conflicts, although, in an effort to provide solutions, nations have come together in solidarity.
Climatic changes especially ones caused by global warming are causing several conflicts mostly in the developing nations where migration is changing. People within developing nations do not have the means and resources of adapting to the changing global climate. Most have to migrate to other areas where there is less impact from climatic changes (Reuveny, 2005). Conflict theory suggests that people’s behavior within social contexts is bound to result from conflicts between groups competing for the same resources. In developing areas, conflicts are likely to arise out of conflicts over scarce resources including food and means of adapting to climate change. This has seen many social changes within such countries where people have to seek out all possible means of solving their problems.
On the other hand, global warming is affecting the whole world, causing desperate measures across different regions. Major effects are on agriculture where productivity is reducing at a high rate with an increase in temperatures. Some of the heat resistant crops are now seen growing on high altitude areas and continuing to do worse in hotter areas (DeWeerdt, 2007). The temperatures as stated in the article are changing the rainfall pattern, making it unreliable. In an effort to adapt to the changing climates, many national goals are changing with some being displaced. In earlier times when goals focused on development across many areas for prosperity such as in agriculture, current goals are focusing on reducing the impact of the changes on agriculture. For instance, Ethiopia had to create small dams in order to improve the fields. This was not a forecasted goal before the drought hit the area. This has caused goal displacement across many regions that have to alter their goals in an effort to adopt to the changing climatic conditions. Globally, many countries are focusing on coming up with solutions to the problems caused by climatic change, goals that were never forecasted to reach such a magnitude.
In an effort to adapt to the changes, solutions have been implemented, which have solved some of the problems but have caused others. The need to keep agriculture flourishing to sustain populations has seen governments construct dams, which in turn have increased the risk of contracting malaria in the tropical zones due to increased mosquito breeding areas. Ethiopia is an ideal example where dams constructed in 1980 increased the chances of children contracting malaria by seven times (DeWeerdt, 2007). In developed areas, increasing temperatures is increasing the levels of vector-borne diseases, as well such as Lyme disease transmitted by ticks. This has seen the world focus on similar goals, which are increasing the solidarity across the whole world. In an effort to combat such impact, the whole world is focusing on providing solutions to global warming and reducing the impact of its effect (Reuveny, 2005). In this effort, global organic solidarity is increasing where individuals have to rely on each other. No country can independently solve the issues of global warming. All societies have been forced to work together with different populations providing different skills to the problem. For instance, in areas where climate change has adversely affected agriculture, food has to be imported from other countries to feed the hungry nation. Developing nations have to rely on developed nations to provide them with technology and equipment to face the challenging situation.
However, due to increasing organic solidarity globally, conflicts arise as well. Political interests are differing especially between developed and developing countries. The developing countries may not have the means to implement some of the policies formulated. On the other hand, developed countries that are responsible for the policies pleasure the developing to adopt such policies. This brings about cultural relativism where certain populations feel superior to others. As such, such societies want to impose the policies they feel are right. In many cases, developed countries impose their policies on the poorer nations that have to rely on their support. In many instances, the ideologies of the developing countries have not been considered. This has led to the developing countries having to adopt policies created by the wealthy nations with more economic power.
Global warming has clearly had many effects on many populations across the world, causing implementation of desperate measures. However, majority of the impact is felt in the poorer nations that lack means and resources to adapt to the changes. In such areas, conflict over resources is heightened with individuals seeking better means of survival. Majority of the climatic changes are within agriculture and changing weather conditions that (DeWeerdt, 2007) are affecting migration in adversely affected areas. Many nations have had to change their goals in order to focus on solving problems caused by climatic changes such as draught and famine. The need for solving the problem has brought nations across the world together with a similar goal, thereby enhancing solidarity. However, the interdependence has seen the developing nations rely heavily on the developed nations in many areas including ideologies.
DeWeerdt, S. (2007). Climate Change, Coming Home: Global Warming’s Effects on Populations. World Watch Magazine, 20 (3).
Reuveny, R. (2005). Environmental Change, Migration and Conflict: Theoretical Analysis and Empirical Explorations. Bloomington Indian: Indiana University.
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