Climate change is a major global challenge impacting all aspects of life on the planet. Polar ice and glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, while some regions are experiencing unprecedented precipitation and extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts. Climate change is not something that will happen in the future; it is already happening and if not mitigated, will cause starvation and mass displacement on a global level. Armenia is recognized as vulnerable to climate change impacts due to a combination of political, geographic and social factors. This month’s magazine issue entitled “Climate Change” features articles that look at Armenia’s vulnerability to climate impacts; how accumulation of waste can contaminate soil, water, air and other systems and cycles that regulate the climate and the importance of alternative potential energy sources.
For Armenia, domestic energy production is not a mere vanity goal, but a national security priority. As a country devoid of any apparent fossil fuel deposits, energy security means renewable energy. Raffi Elliot explains.
As the world is experiencing the effects of climate change, the accumulation of waste, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, should not be left out of the conversation.
Armenia is a country highly vulnerable to climate impacts. The most vulnerable sectors are agriculture, water resources, forestry, transport and energy infrastructure. Is Armenia’s government doing enough to mitigate the impact of climate change?