chapter  15
11 Pages

Climate Risks and Insecurities

ByMelinda Kimble

Our climate is changing and the burning of fossil fuels is accelerating at a more rapid rate than ever envisioned, according to the Fourth Assessment Report that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in early 2007. Many scientists had already suspected that this may be the case; now we have the physical evidence, which includes:

• accelerated melting of major glaciers; • sea-level rise; • storm frequency and intensity, especially in hurricane season; and • droughts and consequent impacts upon flora, fauna, watersheds and

ecosystems (IPCC, 2007).