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    Posted August 6, 2015 by
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    Christophe Mazurier Shines a Light on Bahamas and the Dangers of Global Warming

     
    Christophe Mazurier, the well-known European financier, has become, in just a few years, equally well-known for his strident advocacy for climate change reform. Though he has been involved in banking and finance for decades, providing his expert recommendations and opinions to the French public, he always demonstrated a firm interest in environmental issues.

    Christophe Mazurier has spent a large amount of time living and working in the Bahamas, and this has led him to love the country, culture, and people of the place. It has also granted him a much deeper understanding of the effects of climate change than he would have had if he remained in France and Switzerland.

    Seeing how devastating climate change is and will be for the people of the Bahamas, Mazurier has become a much more vocal advocate, penning opinions and calling for more action on the part of France, Europe, and the rest of the world.

    In his work to draw more attention to the problem and the plight of island peoples, Mazurier devotes a lot of his recent writings to detailing specifically how and why the Bahamas are so vulnerable.

    He notes that the highest elevation in the Bahamas is only 63 meters above sea level and more than 75% of the land is less than a meter above sea level. By some estimates, sea level could rise by a full meter in the next 50 years, directly threatening the property, livelihood, and lives of the millions.

    As changes in weather patterns and temperature get worse, some regions and countries will be able to transition and adapt their infrastructure and economies to the new conditions. Unfortunately for island countries like the Bahamas, this may not be possible. More than half of the economic activity in the Bahamas comes from tourism, and with the rising sea level, all of it is threatened.

    Mazurier explains that in the medium term over one-third of the tourist facilities and infrastructure in the Bahamas will be at risk, including airports, roads, ports, and virtually all of the beachside resorts.

    Lest you think only the hotels will be impacted, Mazurier goes on to explain that even fishing activities will be disrupted and destroyed, taking away the livelihood and source of food for millions of Bahamians and millions more from other islands and archipelagos across the world. There are countless consequences of the rising global temperature, and Mazurier helps explain exactly what this means for many people across the world.
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