Latest news on the global climate crisis

The climate crisis refers to global warming and its effects, which are intensifying at an alarming rate. This warming is mainly due to the greenhouse gas emission (GHG) into the atmosphere, a product of human activities.

The main cause of the climate crisis is burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. These fuels release large amounts of CO2, methane and other GHGs into the atmosphere that trap the sun's heat, causing global temperatures to rise.

Latest news from around the world

  • Temperature record: For the first time, global temperatures have risen 1.5 degrees over an entire year, marking a worrying milestone in the advance of climate change.
  • Insufficient financing: A new report reveals that Latin America fails in investing sustainable budgets to combat the climate crisis.
  • Drought alert: Extreme drought affects various regions of the world, including southern Europe, northern Africa and Latin America, causing the death of trees and putting food security at risk.
  • Impact on ecosystems: Rising temperatures and ocean acidification threaten the survival of marine life. Coral reefs, putting marine biodiversity at risk.

Drought alert in the world:

Affected regions:

  • Africa: The Horn of Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and North Africa.
  • Europe: Southern Europe, including Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
  • Asia: Middle East, including Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
  • America: Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
  • South America: Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Consequences:

  • Lack of water: It affects human consumption, agriculture, livestock and industry.
  • Crop loss: Rising food prices and risk of famine.
  • Forest fires: Devastation of forests and ecosystems.
  • Population displacements: People migrate in search of water and better living conditions.

Causes:

  • Climate change: Increase in temperatures and decrease in precipitation.
  • Improper water management: Overexploitation of water resources and pollution.
  • Deforestation: Loss of soil water retention capacity.

Measures to confront drought:

  • Efficient use of water: Implementation of efficient irrigation techniques and reduction of consumption.
  • Reforestation: Recovery of plant cover to improve water retention.
  • Infrastructure development: Construction of reservoirs and irrigation systems.
  • Investigation and development: Search for new technologies for water management.
  • International cooperation: Implementation of joint policies and strategies to face the crisis.

The Climate Crisis in Latin America:

  • Water crisis: Water scarcity is intensifying in Mexico City, with serious consequences for the population and the urban ecosystem.
  • Forest fires: There is an increase in the frequency and intensity of forest fires in the region, with devastating consequences for flora, fauna and local communities.
  • Soil degradation: Climate change accelerates soil erosion, reducing agricultural productivity and threatening food security.
  • Lack of political action: Despite the severity of the climate crisis, the issue continues to be relegated on the political agendas of many countries in the region.

The Climate Crisis in Argentina:

  • Heat wave: High temperatures are expected in several provinces of the country, increasing the risk of forest fires and heat-related illnesses.
  • Drought in the north: The drought continues to affect the provinces of northern Argentina, with serious consequences for agricultural and livestock production.
  • Alert for the Riachuelo: A new study warns of the increased risk of flooding in the Riachuelo basin due to climate change.
  • Advances in renewable energy: There is growth in investment in renewable energy, which represents an opportunity to mitigate climate change and generate green jobs.

It is important to remember that the climate crisis is a global problem that requires urgent and concerted action from all sectors of society.

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