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Author(s): Adriana Yepes - Mayorga

Journal: Orinoquia
ISSN 0121-3709

Volume: 16;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 77;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: vulnerability | adaptation | mitigation | environmental management | green economy

ABSTRACT
AbstractThe world must face drastic climate change (i.e. re intensity and magnitude). Climate change is promoted by human activities leading to the even greater challenge of substituting stereotyped lifestyles and exploitation of natural resource in the immediate future. Such short-term development model based on exhaustive extraction, the price of contamination and degradation of natural resources regarding the fabrication of sumptuary goods and services puts basic conditions of wellbeing at risk for current and future generations from other regions of the planet. New patterns of drought and flooding dealing harsh blows to public resources are already being perceived, as well as countries’ social and economic basis, promoting economic, environmental and public health problems in Latin-America. The following document reviews what is known to date about climate change and how society’s development has promoted such a phenomenon. The synergy between adaptation and mitigation and our region’s vulnerability are described as well as the management measures proposed by scientists, agencies and international organisms for reducing such phenomenon’s negative impact, together with suggestions for easily achievable action which can be taken by every one of us.
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