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Climate Change and the Industries of the World

It’s no surprise that when the climate of an area changes, it impacts most, if not all of their industries and way of life of countries. Some of these industries include tourism, agriculture, fishery, and infrastructure, which all dictate the economy and life quality of the residents in that particular area. And while there have been efforts to adapt to whatever changes have occurred in any one of these given industries, the immediate consequences are still important, and adaptability isn’t always an option.

Tourism is a large part of many countries, where their economy relies heavily on the revenue that is brought in by tourists. This income importance is especially true for third-world countries. The Caribbean and the Mediterranean are large players in the tourism business, but the countries within the regions may face a drought in tourism as their climates change for the worse. The Caribbean is already prone to extreme weather events, and with climate change amplifying both the intensity of each event and the frequency, it becomes more and more likely that tourists won’t choose to go on vacation there. Not only does the unpredictable climate push tourists away, but maintaining the coasts and vacation areas costs a lot more than they are worth with the rise of destructive weather, which will lead to an inevitable shutting-down of these locations and job loss. These jobs are what working-class families in tourism-heavy countries rely on to support their families and themselves and if a potential collapse of this industry occurs, it no longer would be possible for them to be able to live in their country.

Agriculture is also another large part of many countries’ economies. Even if a given country does not produce the majority of the food its citizens consume, it is still important for them to import their food, meaning that their trade partner’s agricultural efficiency is essential to them. As such, all countries face direct impact if this industry is hit hard by climate change, and it unfortunately is. Knowing this, it’s safe to assume that many countries will face difficulties in gathering produce and fish products as their climates change. Hot spots for fishing will gradually move as the fish no longer find the areas suitable for living, and certain produce may be unable to grow entirely if they require a specific climate that is no longer found in that area. Farmers and fishermen, who rely on the nature around them to make a living will have their jobs entirely uprooted in the coming years. The worst of this probably won’t even hit them, but their future generations who often take up the mantles like the generations before them.

Infrastructure is the most adaptable of all industries mentioned, as humans have consistently catered their structures to withstand the weather difficulties in that specific region. A big example is earthquake-prone countries creating skyscrapers that can withstand earthquakes with minimal damage. This is especially apparent in Japan, whose buildings and skyscrapers have been engineered specifically to tolerate seismic shakes and not collapse. As adaptable as any given city may be, it simply won’t be able to withstand the extremes of common weather occurrences which will be all the more likely by the end of the century. Even with the best engineering practices and precautions we can take, structures will need more consistent check-ups in light of the fact that disasters are more likely to occur due to eventual weather occurrences. And though this may mean that construction workers and engineers will have more work opportunities and the fields will become more profitable, the expenses of damages may very well outweigh this (which will impact poorer neighborhoods much more). Additionally, if the intensity of a given disaster simply keeps increasing, the techniques engineers use to work around them may simply not work anymore. Infrastructure also inherently ties into all the other aspects of life discussed beforehand, so it is by far the most important to keep track of when impacted by any sort of climate change.

To combat climate change we must determine the extent to which its results appear in society, so the importance of fighting to change it is highlighted to everyone who might otherwise be indifferent. And make no mistake, it does involve every facet of life whether it is apparent or not, and will continue to impact these industries to a detrimental degree as time goes on, sometime in our nearer future than others. It is our responsibility to be informed and see the bigger picture so that when we take action, it is an informed one.

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  1. This article made me reflect on the current drought conditions occurring in Mexico. Not sure if many are aware of the current impact the country is facing as a result of this drought but according to my resources, approximately 85% of the country is experiencing a drought. As Aleesia mentions, since Mexico is known for tourism, the country is currently being impacted as the drought is drying up bodies of water such as the Valle de Bravo which is known for its water sports and scenic beauty. Economically this affects Mexico due to the effects it has on its water supply not to mention the dust storms along with the respiratory effects of the current drought. These conditions deter tourists from visiting the country. Although some communities are resorting to implementing water conservation plans as a means to counteract the lack of available water supply, the critical water shortages and drying up of major lakes along with reservoirs can have a long-lasting effect on the country. The aquatic environment particularly will suffer the most, thus affecting the country’s food supply as well. The residents who rely on this country for fishing as a means of income will be out of work. A country that already has economic challenges will have one less means of some form of financial security as fishing is a simple and reliable source of income.

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