Human Responses to Climate Change

collapse Topic : Causes of Climate Change ‎(2)
Cyclical and Natural Changes
Human-Caused Changes
collapse Topic : Climate System ‎(12)
Atmospheric Circulation
Atmospheric Composition
Carbon Cycle
Climate Compared to Weather
Climate Feedbacks
Global Energy Balance
Greenhouse Effect
Ocean and Climate
Orbital Cycles
Regional Climates
Solar Radiation
Water Cycle
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Personal Responsibility
Risk Management
Social Values
collapse Topic : Impacts of Climate Change ‎(13)
Agricultural Changes
Economic Impacts
Ecosystem Changes
Extreme Weather
Freshwater Resources
Great Lakes Impacts
Melting Ice and Permafrost
Ocean Warming and Acidification
Plants and Animals
Public Health
Sea Level Rise
Surface Temperature Warming
collapse Topic : Measuring and Modeling Climate ‎(2)
Climate Modeling
Gathering and Measuring Climate Data

Social Values   

Climate change impacts may lead to compromised national security.

  • The impacts of climate change may affect the security of nations. Reduced availability of water, food, and land can lead to competition and conflict among humans, potentially resulting in large groups of climate refugees. 

The effects of climate change will vary greatly from region to region.

  • Human health and mortality rates will be affected to different degrees in specific regions of the world as a result of climate change. Although cold-related deaths are predicted to decrease, other risks are predicted to rise. The incidence and geographical range of climate-sensitive infectious diseases – such as malaria, dengue fever, and tick-borne diseases – will increase. Drought-reduced crop yields, degraded air and water quality, and increased hazards in coastal and low-lying areas will contribute to unhealthy conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

  • Many low income and underdeveloped communities are located in areas that are predicted to receive some of the most detrimental impacts. These communities are also the most ill-equipped to effectively cope with these changes. Meanwhile, the least developed areas are also typically the areas that are contributing the least to greenhouse gas emissions. 

Politics affect and are affected by climate change policies and regulations

  • The political views of those in power have a strong impact on the course of climate change policy. Therefore, the types of policies and regulations that are put in place vary greatly depending on the political climate. Meanwhile, the effects of climate change and climate change policy have great influence over local, state, national, and international social systems and politics. 


Working at the community level to minimize the effects of climate change can build and reinforce community values.

  • Working within your community can build inertia for change and help to disseminate information and ideas for solutions. It can also create or reinforce values such as innovation, conservation, and community improvement.