Climate Challenge – What is it and How is it Affecting Us?
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We believe that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet today, and that we all have a role to play in addressing it. Whether you’re a concerned citizen, a student, an activist, or a business owner, we want to provide you with the tools and resources you need to make a positive impact.
Our team is made up of passionate climate activists, tech experts, and sustainability professionals who are committed to creating real change. We work tirelessly to develop innovative solutions that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy, and build resilient communities.
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Social change is defined as changes in human behavior or culture. There are many factors involved, including economic growth, population growth, technological advancements and political movements.
While social change is often regarded as the worst of all possible worlds, it also has the potential to improve our lives. In fact, positive social change can take place at the individual, organization, or community level.
Regardless of the magnitude of change, it is important to understand that the impact of social change can last a lifetime. The most effective social movements look at the underlying causes of a problem, and address them at the root.
This is why a multi-pronged approach is needed to address the climate challenge. It will be necessary to tackle the underlying causes of poverty, inequality, and unsustainable development, while also ensuring that the social dimension of sustainable development is properly addressed.
One of the best ways to understand the effects of social change is to look at cities. These are places that are home to a diversity of people and have traditionally been a hub for both political and social change.
As society grows, people specialize in various roles. They may be the CEO of a large company, but in a small village, they might be the lone wolf.
Climate change is already causing food shortages around the world. It is making the frequency of extreme weather events increase and will reduce the reliability of food production. This will cause millions of people to go hungry, increase migration and strain food aid programs.
The effects of climate change on food supply will depend on the region. Many of the poorest regions of the world are the most susceptible to climate-related food shortages.
Almost all large grain-producing regions are experiencing a climate stress. In fact, it is estimated that by the end of the century, more than a third of the world’s staple crops will be threatened.
While some areas are expected to benefit from changes in temperature, the most significant impacts are likely in semi-arid and water-constrained regions. The effects of increased flooding, droughts and heat waves will be felt most strongly in these regions.
Those living in rural communities have limited access to infrastructure to protect themselves against adverse weather. More extreme weather events, such as floods, will also increase the risk of infectious diseases.
According to a study by NASA, by 2050, the yield of maize, the staple crop that feeds livestock worldwide, will drop by nearly two-thirds. These effects will primarily affect the world’s poorest nations.
Increased extent of hunger
Global hunger is growing as extreme weather and conflict exacerbate food shortages. It is estimated that about eight in ten people worldwide are suffering from chronic or acute hunger.
The number of people going hungry has increased by more than 10 million in a single year. In addition, the number of people at risk of acute hunger is expected to reach 130 million by 2020.
Global warming has led to longer periods of hungry seasons in many areas. Climate models also predict warmer, drier temperatures and rising sea levels. This, coupled with reduced crop yields, has aggravated hunger.
Some of the worst-hit areas are those relying on agriculture for their livelihoods. Small island nations are at the greatest risk, as are countries with sensitive agricultural systems. Farmers lose crops and livestock because of droughts and floods.
In high-income countries, one third of the food produced by farmers goes unsold. In low-income countries, the loss of food is even greater.
Many countries are at risk of famine. The World Food Programme has identified conflict as a major contributor to global hunger. As more regions become embroiled in political conflict, vital services and supplies can be disrupted.
Several studies estimate that between 100 million and 240 million people are likely to be undernourished by 2080. However, the risk of hunger is lower in the scenario where population growth is slow.
Impacts on human well-being
Climate change is changing the way we live, which includes the way we think about health and well-being. It impacts both our biological and social environment, as well as our livelihoods. In particular, it can affect air quality, food and water quality, and our ability to access health care.
Increasing temperature increases our risk of respiratory diseases and other illnesses. In addition, extreme weather events can cause mental stress, lack of food, and water-borne diseases. These risks can be mitigated through early warning systems and preparing for disasters.
As a result of climate change, infectious diseases, such as malaria, are expected to increase. Heat waves are also likely to become more frequent and severe. This means more heat-related deaths. Older adults are especially susceptible to heat-related diseases.
Health-related impacts of climate change vary by location and community, but can be estimated statistically. They will depend on whether the population is resilient to the current rate of change. However, the greatest health impacts are expected to come from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The impact of climate change on human health will be driven by three factors: vulnerability, sensitivity, and adaptation. People who are vulnerable to climate-induced health risks are more likely to be poor, in disadvantaged communities, and living in remote areas.
Clean energy investments and tax credits will reduce sticker prices of EVs
A combination of clean energy investments and tax credits is expected to lower sticker prices of electric vehicles. This will benefit consumers and help lower the cost of buying and operating an EV. These policies are part of $370 billion in clean energy spending by the federal government, the largest investment to date in fighting climate change.
While there are some specifics to these policies, they are designed to promote consumer adoption of EVs, increase the production of EVs, and incentivize automakers to make more EVs in the United States. They are also meant to create good-paying jobs, reduce energy costs for families, and improve air quality.
There are a variety of requirements for EVs to qualify for the tax credits. Among them is a requirement that battery parts be made in the U.S., sourced from countries with free trade agreements, and recycled in North America.
Another requirement is that a vehicle’s final assembly be in North America. The Treasury Department plans to issue guidance on this requirement in March.
There are two main incentives: a new car tax credit and a credit for used EVs. Tax credits for new vehicles are available up to $7,500. However, the credit is only offered for vehicles that have an MSRP of less than $55,000. Similarly, the credit for used vehicles is only offered to those who pay less than $25,000.
For new EVs, the credit can be cancelled if one of the requirements is not met. Until the Treasury issues guidelines in March, it is impossible to predict how many vehicles will qualify for the credit.
Accelerators help cities quickly implement high-quality transit or bike corridors
The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, which funds 25 cities, has launched a new initiative to help these cities quickly implement high-quality transit or bike corridors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These acceleration programs, called “quick-build” projects, are designed to help cities move quickly through the design and construction phases of a project, using easy-to-install materials and low-cost materials.
In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has launched an action plan to speed up the construction of over 20 bikeways in Atlanta. NACTO is working with the city to develop internal procedures and public outreach strategies.
This includes the design of eight miles of traffic-separated bikeways and an expanded protected bike network. By 2021, Atlanta residents will see over 20 miles of safer streets. As the mayor puts it, these new bikeways are “a critical step to help address the climate challenge and improve quality of life in the city.”
One example of a quick-build project in Atlanta is the redesign of Jewel Avenue. The project included traffic-calming measures, including a buffered bike lane, and pedestrian islands. It also added 15,000 square feet of pedestrian space and created additional bus and bike lanes.
Another example is the Bronx Hub, which was redesigned to add a bike and bus lane. It also increased the amount of pedestrian space, adding 15,000 square feet and creating longer crossing times.