A: It has incredible ramifications: for fishermen whose livelihoods are challenged by overfishing and climate change; for farmers for whom kelp is an organic fertilizer perfectly structured to replace chemical fertilizers; for world food resources which, as our population skyrockets, is challenged by the lack of food resources; and finally, for the health of the oceans, as growing kelp decarbonizes the oceans and reduces acidification (which among other damaging consequences, harms shellfish and coral. More at Vice News
Carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that has driven recent global warming, lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, and the planet (especially the oceans) takes a while to respond to warming. So even if we stopped emitting all greenhouse gases today, global warming and climate change will continue to affect future generations. In the absence of national or international climate policy direction, cities, states, local communities and corporations around the world have taken on some of the challenges. They are working to manage the increasingly extreme weather disasters, to protect coastlines from sea-level encroachment, to best manage land and forests from flooding, drought and fires, to deal with and plan for reduced water availability, to develop resilient crop varieties and to protect energy and public infrastructure.
Cities are creating early warning systems; strengthening coastal infrastructure and rezoning (including the relocation of critical services).
Find more resources at the Missouri School of Journalism’s Reporting on Climate Adaptation.
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