This an essay showing three case studies on how global climate change affects the developing world.

Essay by ed182A, July 2006

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The human race is the main cause of the current global climate change. To make our lives easier and more luxurious we do things that give off Greenhouse Gases which end up affecting us for the worse, not for the better.

Some examples of this are found below:

Bangladesh is threatened by coastal flooding and is densely populated so the results could be very destructive and endanger many lives.

Ninety five percent of Egypt's population lives on land close to the River Nile, many on the Nile delta. The delta is being eroded and will disappear if the sea level rises.

The Sahel Region, south of the Sahara Desert, already suffers form drought and desertification. The area will expand southwards as the climate gets hotter.

Following, are three less economically developed countries (LEDCs) that are greatly affected by the forces of Global Climate Change.

Shanghai is the fastest growing city in the fastest growing country (China) in the world.

It is under attack from typhoons and since 2004, eighteen have hit. Every year the typhoons get more destructive, more intense and the waves get ever closer. The rain storm season has become longer and more drawn out and the defences that were built to withstand a one in thousand chance of a typhoon overtopping them, have been reduced to one in two hundred.

But old towns near Shanghai don't even have proper water defences so they are even more vulnerable. For example, Wen Sui, a small village to the south of Shanghai was hit by a tremendous typhoon. It experienced:

* Heavy rains

* Huge floods

* High wind speeds

* A catastrophic landslide

25 people were crushed by huge boulders in the landslide and the people who weren't killed had to be quickly evacuated from the...