But what the conference achieved which is seen as a bold step towards ending the menace of global warming was the resolve of developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while adapting to the effects and to provide finance for doing same.
The conference also agreed on a long-term plan of keeping the temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.
For instance, the World Bank 2010 development Indicators puts it succinctly: “The poorest countries and regions face the greatest danger.
Africa – with the most rain-fed agricultural land of any continent, half its population without access to improved water sources, and about 70 percent without access to improved sanitation facilities – is particularly vulnerable to climate change”. In the United States, the views are “divided along ideological lines.” The Pew Research Center’s 2009 survey on global warming discovered that between the liberals and the conservatives, the former agree more than twice that global warming is a severe problem (about 66% vs. According to that survey, a similar divide is also evident in Britain.
As this phenomenon undermines food and water security, environmental sustainability and a disruption in the delicate balance of the ecosystem, climate change becomes inevitable coming with its dire consequences.
According to World Bank sources, the Millennium Development Goals MDGs and its prospects are also threatened by global climate changes.The resulting changes in weather “such as shifts in the intensity and pattern of rainfall and variations in temperature” would probably decrease agricultural/food output as a result of the death of the infrastructure; hence environmental disasters, like drought or flood, would displace people’s means of livelihood leading to poverty, migration and diseases. Global warming is indeed a major challenge for the world today.Although the figures may vary between regions, most people all over the world, however, agree that it is a serious problem requiring urgent attention.With those on the political left and those on the right putting a severity rate of 66% and 42% respectively.Germany, Spain and France have smaller ideological splits (Pew Research Center, 2009).Others include; conserving water and encouraging others to adopt environmentally friendly practices to protect our future.Government at all levels should adopt long term measures towards sustainable energy and encourage their citizens to “go green”.The world is already experiencing the effects of this warming with rising sea levels when the surface temperature warms up, melting ice from the glaciers, severe heat waves, and dangerous storms.Even drought, desertification and perceived extinction of animal life, goes a long way to show that global warming is not just a hoax.Whether these resolutions are adhered to remains to be seen.However, there are things we can do as individuals to reduce the rate of emission of greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change.