Disastrous Climate Change

Bogor, July 7, 2008

Domino effect of global warming continues to unfold. In workshops Media 21 Global Journalism Network organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the theme "Climate Change III: Impacts on Coastal Areas and Islands State" revealed that nearly 90% of disasters in the world is due to the effects of climate change. "The floods are the most common disaster that killed thousands of people from different countries every year" said Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of WMO. Floods, he said, occurred because of rainfall extremes due to weather disturbances, such as tropical cyclones. WMO attention now, in addition to the issue of climate and weather, as well as the issue of water or hydrology.

Another impact is the drought that threatens global food security. Basically, the phenomenon of climate change is causing extreme rainfall in a short time more and more, and then make more long-term drought. Uncertainty nature becomes increasingly tinggi. Now, danger of famine is threatening, due to unpredictable weather conditions cause crop productivity will decrease. Head of the Division of Agricultural Meteorology of WMO Mannava Sivakumar said the famine now threatening 800 million people worldwide. Of that amount, 170 million people under the age of five years. That is, now many cases of malnutrition that destroy hope for future generations.

The facts above aggravating the long list of the catastrophe caused by climate change. Earlier, in April 2008, the WHO issued a fact that climate change has also increased the percentage of deaths due to malaria and dengue fever. Recorded 100,000 deaths each year from 50 million cases of malaria and dengue fever.

According to Shigeru Omi, the head of the WHO Western Pacific Office, spike the malaria mosquito, an indication that global warming affect human health. Moreover, the mosquitoes were also found in cold climates such as South Korea (ROK). Malaria mosquitoes are also found in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, the warm weather shorten the growth cycle of the mosquito. Consequently, they breed quickly and give birth to more besar. The threat of climate change, he added, could also increase the sea level, rivers dry up, and weather patterns become erratic. "Floods, droughts, and heat waves strongly influence human health," he said.

Either disastrous else would catch up to haunt humans as a result of climate change. If it was just silent, it is not likely that the list will get longer.

Source : Kompas.com (250608) and Minangkabau News.com (080408)

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