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CLIMATE IN CRISIS Kyle Schaefer is worried that his days as a fishing guide are numbered. He was one of five witnesses who appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday to detail how climate change threatens the “blue economy,” a term that ecompasses the many ways that the world’s oceans contribute to the global economy. He was one of five witnesses who appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday to detail how climate change threatens the “blue economy,” a term that ecompasses the many ways that the world’s oceans contribute to the global economy. “The climate trends pose a significant increase in risk and weaken my confidence in a prosperous future for my fishing businesses,” said Schaefer, an American who owns a small business in the Bahamas. “I may be forced to close my charter business within the next few seasons simply because there won’t be enough fish left.” Climate scientists and economists have warned that climate change could do significant damage to the global economy in future decades — and that some of those changes are already happening now. A severe drought is hampering ships in the Mississippi River and global ocean temperatures reached record heights for nine straight months last year. Sea level rise is somewhat counterintuitively also a risk, combining with more powerful storms to threaten crucial ports. “Sea level rise impacts coastal ecosystems and infrastructure that underpin the blue economy including supply chains, real estate, infrastructure, agriculture, insurance markets, health costs and more,” Andrea Dutton, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of geoscience, told the hearing.

  • johnte ndeto

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    Blue economy is significantly affected by climate change

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    • Kevin

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      The US senate is correct on making this observation

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        With marine life endangered from human activities, they may be right on that front

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