WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO

Our team intends to investigate and recount the scale and impact of climate change and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the world of business are effective or not.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: which are the actual causes and consequences of global warming, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to tackle them?
 

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WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT

Climate change is occurring because of the progressive rise in global temperatures, a cyclical phenomenon which has already recurred in past geological eras.

According to the majority of scientists, this phenomenon is aggravated by high concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gas resulting from human activities, such as the production and consumption of goods and energy as well as the use of transportation.

A shift to a green economy, based on cleaner fuels and technologies, a more efficient and sustainable use of resources and an enhanced capacity to adapt to weather variations, could contribute to mitigate and manage the effects that the heating-up of our atmosphere might produce or is already producing worldwide.

Climate change effects include biodiversity loss, widespread cataclysms, food and health insecurity, economic decline and political instability.

But which is exactly the chain of predictable repercussions that endanger both the environment and mankind?

The world’s oceans are warming up, expanding their volume, and polar ice sheets and glaciers are melting. The combination of these changes is increasing sea levels, which threaten low-lying land areas and islands, and is also causing weather distortions that intensify and make more frequent heat waves and droughts, on the one hand, and storms and floods, on the other hand.

First of all, such extreme events pose a risk both to people that are directly exposed and to those plant and animal species that drastic habitat alteration may lead to extinction.

Moreover, activities that strongly rely on given temperatures and precipitation levels, such as agriculture, energy and tourism, are particularly affected.

Last but not least, tensions and risks of conflict are increasing between countries that share important natural resources, such as river basins and arable lands, whose availability is influenced by weather variations.

Not to mention that the most vulnerable to all those effects are tropical and developing regions, the areas that are precisely the most struck by extreme events and have the least resources to cope with them.