South America: Climate Change
Since the mid-twentieth century, scientists have detected significant shifts in established and previously stable global climate patterns, a phenomenon referred to as climate change. These changes have generally been marked by warmer temperatures and increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events. Among scientists, the general consensus is that climate change is being caused or accelerated by human activity, especially the burning of carbon-rich fossil fuels. A dissenting position contends that prevailing concerns about the effects of climate change are overstated and alarmist. Regardless, climate data demonstrably shows the recent global warming pattern. Most researchers believe action must be taken to hinder climate change and prevent an unprecedented ecological disaster.
South America plays a key role in the global climate...Read more