Positive And Negative Effects Of Global Climate Change

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Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the global dependence on fossil fuels has become associated with global climate change. This statement can be attributed to fossil fuels emitting carbon dioxide that acts a greenhouse gas which traps heat, causing the atmosphere of the Earth to rise in temperature. Evidence of global climate change can be seen around the world, ranging from rising sea levels to increased temperatures in specific regions. Because of the increased carbon emissions from fossil fuel, I believe the effects of global climate change have caused the economies of nations around the world to be adversely affected both in the short and long term.
The effects of global climate change have been known to have an adverse effect
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Robert Mendelsohn, the current Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, Professor of Economics in the Economics Department at Yale University, and Professor in the School of Management at Yale University claims the impact of global climate on the global economy will be marginal over the next fifty years. This claim is due to Mendelsohn’s prediction that catastrophic climate change has a low probability and would only occur in the far future. On another hand, opposers of Mendelsohn argue that climate change causes negative effects on low-latitude countries. Low latitude countries contain many developing countries and they would be severely impacted by global climate change due to their dependence on agriculture and forestry. Mendelsohn says, “The low latitudes tend to be too hot for the most profitable agricultural activities and any further warming will further reduce productivity. Up to 80 percent of the damages from climate change may be concentrated in low‐latitude countries.” Not only does this statistic show a correlation between climate change and economic failure, eighty percent of the damages caused by climate change occurs in the low-latitude countries. Therefore, as long as an economy is dependent on agriculture, the effects of increased regional temperatures due to climate change will have devastating towards the countries that fall within the low-latitude

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