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#1 Thushara

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:32 AM

according to UNICEF Global warming has already started to make great effect on world's poor nation children. Unicef warns, diseases such as malaria may spread under climate change. Several effect has been risen such as floods, droughts and insect-borne disease. This will all affect health, education and welfare.

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Source :- BBC news

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Global warming has already started to make great effect on world's poor nation childrenSource :- BBC news


Engineers and scientists should deal with quantifiable facts and not feel good, unsubstantiated philosophies. No one wants harm to come to the world's poor children (and everyone likes chocolate ice cream). As an engineer, I can comment on the quality of theories that are set forth if you'll provide me with the supporting data. I cannot comment on this statement, however.

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unicef warns, diseases such as malaria may spread under climate change.
Source :- BBC news


Are there any facts or even theories to support this? - Refer to comment #1.

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Several effect has been risen such as floods, droughts and insect-borne disease. Source :- BBC news


This suggests that a comparison has been done. Is this intended to imply that there were 50% more floods between 1980 and 2008 as there were between 1880 and 1908 (to simply pull figures out of thin air, as seems to be in style today)? How many more droughts were there? Where were they? How much more severe were they than droughts of the (pre Global Warming) past? I don't see data point number ONE. Am I missing something?

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This will all affect health, education and welfare.
Source :- BBC news


Specifics please. I don't see any link between Global Warming and education, for instance. Is it OK to wildly speculate about popular concepts that are not grounded in science or engineering in this forum? Or, are you just teasing us by withholding the data to support these theories.

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Source :- BBC news


Nothing to say.

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 06:58 PM

UNICEF, the UN childrens agency, has warned that global warming is already affecting the prospects for children in the worlds poorer countries.

According to a report by BBC News, as a result of climate change, increases in floods, droughts and insect-borne disease will all affect health, education and welfare.

While richer societies can adjust, poorer ones do not have the resources, the report said.

Those who have contributed least to climate change - the worlds poorest children - are suffering the most, said David Bull, executive director of Unicef UK.

The 2006 Stern Review concluded that climate change could increase annual child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by up to 160,000 through GDP loss alone.

If the world does not act now to mitigate and adapt to the risks and realities of climate change, we will seriously hamper efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and sustain development progress thereafter, he added.

The eight Millennium Goals include such targets as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing infant mortality rates by two-thirds and halting the spread of diseases such as HIV and malaria.

Progress has been good in some parts of the world, but earlier this month the World Bank warned some targets were likely to be missed; sub-Saharan Africa was likely to miss all eight, the Bank said.

According to Unicef, climate change is already making achieving them more difficult.

Agricultural productivity is forecast to decline markedly in most of Africa, South Asia and Latin America; countries such as Zambia are already seeing a significant reduction in rainfall; the threat of waterborne diseases such as cholera is projected to increase.

All the essential effects we are seeing now are associated with a temperature increase since 1850 of less than 1 degree Celsius, said Sir Nicholas Stern.

Past actions and the likely trend of emissions imply that another 1-2 degree Celsius will be hard to avoid, he added. (ANI)

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:57 PM

Are there any facts buried in this posting? None are identified. It seems like there is no end to opinions and dramatics, but little supporting evidence. Start with the status quo - nothing is changing. If you want to state that, "No, some significant change is occuring," then it is your responsibility to offer credible proof. It is not my responsibility to prove you wrong. Any if you want to spend zillions of the world's scarce resources fighting this problem, then the proof better be good. If the 2006 Stern Review can conclude "that an ubsubstantiated event could increase annual child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by up to 160,000 through GDP loss alone" then how many more lives might be lost by the diverging of huge sums to fight what may be an imaginary problem? Let's get on understanding and predicting the magnitude and nature of "the problem" as soon as possible and as vigorously as possible. Then let's act on the facts, which are not identified as such by people shouting loud enough that they become the facts.




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Posted 21 May 2009 - 06:36 AM

QUOTE (Thushara @ Apr 29 2008, 06:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
according to UNICEF Global warming has already started to make great effect on world's poor nation children. Unicef warns, diseases such as malaria may spread under climate change. Several effect has been risen such as floods, droughts and insect-borne disease. This will all affect health, education and welfare.

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Source :- BBC news

global warming really a big thread for today's life

#6 Thushara

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:04 AM

Thanks for all commented. This thread is still open for comments

#7 oil queen

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 02:30 PM

I think this is an issue that will never be solved. Think of what makes our world turn, it's sad but true.

#8 irvinelmo

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 03:32 AM

Hi,
Children may be especially vulnerable to the effects of global warming and steps should be taken to safeguard their health as temperatures rise, according to a new report.Increased susceptibility to injury or death, posttraumatic stress, loss of caregiver, disrupted education and displacement as a result of weather events such as floods, hurricanes, and droughts.




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