The loss of many different species, which is expected over the next decade, is only one outcome from the dangers which beset our planet. A major concern here is that we are in danger of losing the biodiversity which makes our planet so rich and beautiful in life. Not alone that, and more worrying for our nations across the globe, is that many of the disasters being suffered are affecting those less able to survive the consequences. Maybe this is one of the reasons for the cause which has brought people onto the streets, in the U.K. and in other countries - with the cry to governments to act urgently to reduce carbon emissions now, and not in 30 years' time. Science tells us it is possible to avert disaster - if we start now - and reform our planet into a place fit for all life to co-exist. Extinction is a strong word - and not used lightly. Our gallery below shows that more people are now determined to make the voice of the nation heard in the corridors of power:
Climate Emergency - 'Extinction Rebellion' March - 15th April 2019.
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A major, perhaps the major - outcome of the conference was the Africa Pledge. This not only identified many of the problems faced by climate change, but went on to describe funding commitments, notably from the World Bank and the African Development Bank. The pledge is a comprehensive document, and can be read in full at this website.
Scientists warn :
Earth's sixth mass extinction event is under way.
The National Academy of Sciences has published a report showing a massive decline in insect populations, across the world. Scientists are not given to hyperbole, since they have always to back up their findings with facts. This makes it more concerning to all of us when they call the loss of wildlife “a biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.
Although this dreadful news was reported in the Guardian in July 2017, there is no significant concerted worldwide attempt to resolve this threat to our future. Climate change is not the main culprit here, and for a fuller explanation, see this article.
China is now the biggest emitter of carbon, followed by the US and the EU as a whole, then India, Russia, and Japan. Oil use continues to grow. What else do we know? America has its sights on the Arctic for further oil exploration which threatens the destruction of a large wildlife reserve. Then what must we do? To limit global warming to the Paris agreement goal of 1.5C, CO2 emissions would need to decline by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050. The U.N. reports on Implementation by countries - What we must do, indeed !.
As the Conference of Parties (COP24) in Poland comes to the end of its first week of climate discussions, it has emerged that environmentalists from outside the country are being denied entry - for a variety of reasons. There is one person, however, who will be listened to, and who was invited to speak at the opening of the conference. Let us hope the leaders of all countries have ears open for this:
In a recent study carried out by McGill University, it was found that human activity is causing the ocean floor to dissolve rapidly. Noting that the seabed has a critical role in neutralizing the acidity of the water, the simulations created by the research team showed that this process was threatened by the rising temperatures resulting from human activity on the planet.
See this report from the BBC to get a fuller picture of the tragedy. A tsunami warning system needs detection, interpretation and communication in order to work properly. After this disaster, Indonesia will surely want to put a better system in place, so that thousands of lives may be saved.
Four days from now, on September 12th 2018, the New Carbon Economy Consortium (NCEC) takes an important step, in holding its first Business Task Force workshop. Pulling together universities, national (USA) labs, NGO's and leading industries, this ambitious enterprise is ready to kickoff a number of innovative projects. Their aim is a carbon-removing economy, and as they state : "The Consortium seeks to establish the contours of a new carbon economy built on the necessity for carbon removal to address climate change and the premise that transforming carbon can create a prosperous environment and economy. Global demand for energy, food, products, and manufacturing can be met with novel products and innovative technologies, all while making our agriculture and urban systems more resilient." Head to downtown San Francisco for this event.
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