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Climate Change Kills 300,000 People Each Year

logoIn a report issued on May 29th, the Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that 300,000 people die each year from disasters related to Climate Change.  The Forum, a think-tank led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, also believes that Climate Change seriously affects 325 million people and causes $125 billion in damage every year.

Climate Change disproportionately affects the poorest countries and the poorest people.  The United Nations estimates that Africa will need $1 billion a year to help manage the effects of Climate Change, including the cost of relocating refugees.

Similarly, the International Organization for Migration claims that Climate Change will produce more than 200 million refugees by 2050.  Many of these refugees will come from island nations that disappear due to rising oceans.

The affects of Climate Change are real.  How many people will be forced to suffer before we make the serious changes needed to combat Global Warming?

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Don’t mess with my blue crabs!

Here in Virginia, we have a state Commission on Climate Change that includes 43 members who were appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine about nine months ago.

Recently the Commission met and reached consensus that:

A rising sea level caused by global warming poses a major concern for much of coastal Virginia, especially the heavily populated (and traffic congested) Hampton Roads area.

Warming would have significant impact on Virginia’s ecosystems.

Some Chesapeake Bay species such as blue crabs and oysters could decline or disappear.

I don’t know about you, but when you start messing with my seafood, that’s when I get mad!

The state commission is expected to make its recommendations on December 15th.  In the meantime, check out some tips on what you can do about Global Warming.

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