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Jacob McCabe

The World Bank's report on the gravity of 2 degree and 4 degree increase in global temperature just continues to hammer many of the points we have already come across. Overall, those most vulnerable to the effects of this change will be the poor and disadvantaged across the world. The effects in Latin America (specifically glacial erosion) have implications that affect every ecosystem, from the terrestrial areas of the mountains to the waterfront of the coasts. One of the things that I think is important to remember is that that is just the beginning. Call me cynical, but in a world that continues to burn fossil fuels as a main source of energy and continues to consume at higher rates, the catalyst of rich countries taking a true stand on finding a solution is when it hits home. This is already the case, as we have seen many of the effects laid out in the article here in the US (wildfires, extreme hurricanes, droughts, etc.). We know that many of our actions have already caused irreversible consequences. These events are most drastically affecting those who can do the least about it, and the only way to make politically-driven governments take a REAL stand on this is to make it a priority of the people. How much more eye-opening do we need to take the (feasible) steps to mitigate the inevitable and protect those most at risk?

Connor Verrett

I found box 2 to be one of the most interesting parts of the report. I think people in society tend to put climate issues in a different basket of problems than social issues. Even if they connect the dots between climate issues and social issues, the first thought that comes to my head is maybe disenfranchised people living close to heavily polluted places. In America, if you were to tell me who rising sea levels would impact the most I would tell you likely people with beach houses and everybody living in the city of New Orleans. Box 2 explains how in developing countries many impoverished people who live informal settlements in flood plains are incredibly exposed to rising sea levels and their consequences. It was eye-opening to see the intersectionality between climate change and social issues, migration, and food insecurity.

Yuhan Liu

My main takeaway from this paper is that climate change is not just an issue of sustainability but a much larger developmental challenge pertaining to poverty, agriculture, global migration, and so on. This report shows that in the interrelated world of development, climate change is a challenge that affects many more aspects of development than one would previously recognize. For example, the report addressed the effect of climate change on agriculture. The devastating effect of severe climate change on main agricultural crops has subsequent effects on the livelihood of not only subsistence farmers but also mankind in general. The farmers will be further improvised because of higher temperatures, irregular rainfalls, and prolonged drought. Further, the reduced agricultural production will make feeding the growing global population an even starker challenge. This is only one way how global climate change can affect the fate of development and mankind. This example also provides one way to see how climate change, while affecting the whole world equally “climate-wise,” actually most adversely affects the well-being of those who are already disadvantaged in our society. Compares to those in developed countries, people in the developing world disproportionally rely on the agricultural sector, which is directly affected by climate change, and many farmers are already experiencing such adverse effects. Thus, climate change is more than a concern for the future generation, but a challenge we need to face and address now for the well-being of our own generation.

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