The Root of our Problem

Global climate change is a little misleading sometimes as it always seems like it’s kind of a conspiracy rather than a real thing. We as human beings always make it out this way and that alludes to the biggest problem of climate change is that we haven’t taken it seriously enough to want to change it. So what will it take for us to change it ? Well in this generation  we always have this mentality to let somebody else  do it and keep the same process up over and over again and till finally it gets to the tipping point to where we absolutely have to change and it becomes unbearable, and not fixable. Earth transforms sunlight’s visible light energy into infrared light energy, which leaves Earth slowly because it is absorbed by greenhouse gases. When people produce greenhouse gases, energy leaves Earth even more slowly—raising Earth’s temperature.  Meanwhile,  we say that it’s not a wisdom gap that’s preventing acceptance of human’s role in climate change, but the cultural politicization of the topic. People don’t need a sophisticated understanding of climate change. They only need to be able to recognize what the best available scientific evidence signifies as a practical matter: that human-caused global warming is initiating a series of very significant dynamics—melting ice, rising sea levels, flooding, heightened risk of serious diseases, more intense hurricanes and other extreme weather events—that put us in danger. Still, despite many people’s strong reluctance to accept anthropogenic global warming, cities and counties in places like southeast Florida have gone ahead and supported practices to deal with global warming anyway. It relates to one anecdote in which state and local officials in Florida have argued for building a nuclear power generator higher than planned because of sea-level rise and storm surge projections. But if you ask these same people if they believe in climate change, they’ll say, “no, that’s something entirely different. Nobody’s exactly sure why some people act in ways that directly contradict their own beliefs. The leading one is the notion of dualism, when someone mentally separates two apparently conflicting ideas and yet feels no need to reconcile them. This happens on occasion with religious medical doctors, who say that the people who reject evolution openly admit to using the principles of evolution in their work life.
Whatever the cause, experts think that some specific cases of southeast Florida is worth studying. There, the community has been able to examine the scientific evidence for climate change and take action despite widespread disagreement on whether humans are actually driving climate change. The key, according to experts say that it has kept politics out of the room. Politics do have a great effect on the global climate change as well and it is another part of our problem. Politicians have their own agenda’s which mean they spend money on what they think is the most important to them, not the people of the world. That’s big problem considering that they are our leaders and they are not taking charge on this. So as a society we follow their lead and in turn it has led us to follow their same mistakes. That really has been the biggest culprit of this is that we are trying to follow a path that isn’t helping the planet but helping us human beings. As much as we hate to admit it but we need a stable climate to survive on this planet. After all if human actions had no effect on the climate then why is the rate of global climate happening the way it is. After all we are the only species on the history of this planet to actual produce CO2 in this mass of a scale so it can’t be a natural effect.

So the next thing seems to be will we ever change to become the solution to this problem ? We have two of the most powerful gifts as a species that has been given to us by evolution. The ability to create and the ability to destroy and it doesn’t take a genius figure out which one we are better at. As I referred too to one of my commenters in my other blog, it is practically to late to stop the process from taking it’s course as of now, but for our future generations we can slow down or reverse this process possibly. Which is where we need to  take action as of now, because if we don’t things are only going to get worse and it’s only going to cost  more money and lives. I guess another thing I would say  is understanding what areas of the world are going to be most affected by these new climate events, such as severe flooding or severe droughts. For example, the country of Bangladesh has a population of a 161 million people and their entire country is roughly about 1ft below sea level, so preparing for the mass flooding and mass displacement of refugees that are most likely going to becoming toward their neighboring countries is vital. Another thing is understanding that the future generation will need to learn from our mistakes  and need to learn  different ways of solutions not being bogged down by politics, and other crappy things.  That realization prompted us to reconsider the economics of energy. What’s needed, we concluded, are reliable zero-carbon energy sources so cheap that the operators of power plants and industrial facilities alike have an economic rationale for switching over soon—say, within the next 40 years. Let’s face it, businesses won’t make sacrifices and pay more for clean energy based on altruism alone. Instead, we need solutions that appeal to their profit motives. Which again allude to us negotiating with the big Whigs of corporate leaders to understand that this is what we need to survive. That’s what I hope our future generation can do and I hope they successful.


Climate of the Future

A lot of people have strong feelings about Global climate change, some people think it’s real and some people think it’s not but in reality I  think we all know the truth it’s just we don’t want to admit it. Most of us have seen the pictures of the Ozone Holes and most of us have seen or heard scientists stating that the CO2 levels are the biggest cause of global warming, and yet some people aren’t really thinking that it’s serious problem. But the future could much worse rather than the problems we are having now.

I don’t know if you have noticed the years scientists have been stating when the earth poles will be completely free of ice but it’s been shrinking. I’m 21 and I remember a time when they said that it wouldn’t happen until the year 2100, then a few years later I read a couple books on the environment and stuff it said that it would happen in the year 2075, another couple years it’s down to 2050, and finally on a PowerPoint presentation for notes in my class a few days ago I saw the year 2037. So are we in the future now ? It’s 20 years away from us so it’s going to most likely happen in our lifetime. So is it too late for us?  Who knows for sure but again it’s very likely that it is. So what is going to happen? Well it’s not going to be like in the movies like The Day after Tomorrow but more of a gradual change in the landscape near the ocean. For example, people might notice that the beaches are getting closer to there hotels or the boardwalks than it was in previous years. Another thing is we will see areas get rain more consistently which will cause flooding and take over areas that were once on land. This cycle will continue until finally this will become the “new” climate system. By then we will see cities such as New York City, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Seattle, Miami, LA, San Diego ,New Orleans and Boston possibly disappearing from our maps, And that’s just in the United States, In the Global perspective we could see cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong, Venice, Tokyo, and many more be threatened by this. A lot of the cities I have mentioned are major economic hubs so not only are we talking about population displacement but also many financial troubles that can ruin a lot of the countries we are talking about today. Many poor developing countries are among the most affected. People living there often depend heavily on their natural environment and they have the least resources to cope with the changing climate.  Also there has been an increase in the number of heat-related deaths in some regions and a decrease in cold-related deaths in others. We are already seeing changes in the distribution of some water-borne illnesses and disease vectors. Climate change is happening so fast that many plants and animal species are  struggling to cope. Many terrestrial, freshwater and marine species have already moved to new locations. Some plant and animal species will be at increased risk of extinction if global average temperatures continue to rise unchecked. And as much as we say that flooding will become an issue we also have to take in the fact that droughts and heat waves will become just as big of a problem and some cases is worse than flooding.

But there is optimism for the future if we stay the course we are on. Maybe not for us in our lifetime but our future children and grandchildren will  have a shot to make the earth a lot more of a friendlier place so they won’t have the same problems as we did.  The Paris Agreement has seen much quicker progress. 55 countries, representing at least 55 percent of global emissions, needed to ratify the Paris climate deal for it to take effect. That’s been achieved, and more—as of November 2016, 111 parties have ratified the agreement. Five signatory countries alone — China, the United States, India, Brazil, and Indonesia —  represent about 46 percent of global emissions. That’s significant. COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, marks the starting point for countries to fulfill their national determined contributions (NDCs) to reduce emissions. Even if all nations meet their current pledges, it still won’t be enough to get us to limit temperature increases to 1.5C, where we need to be. But all world leaders have moved to get on the same page, and that’s movement in the right direction. Global cooperation at this speed is rare indeed. Clean energy is gaining ground, showing potential to compete with fossil fuel use. Last year, 500,000 solar panels were installed every day around the world. The cost of solar and wind power is dropping incredibly fast, often without subsidies, making clean energy accessible and cheap. Meanwhile, coal use continues to decrease across the world, notably in China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, against a backdrop of global economic growth. The world now has a larger capacity to generate energy from renewable sources than from fossil fuels. In the United States alone, the solar industry added 35,000 jobs in 2015 (70% more than the coal industry), and is expected to add 44,000 in 2016. Another thing is better practices lead to more food produced on the same amount of land. This can reduce the need to convert natural forests to cropland, avoiding carbon emissions and conserving wildlife habitat. Second, this greater productivity helps farmers generate more income establishing better livelihoods. Third, the farmers’ technical know-how improves, so farms are better poised to respond to and withstand the hazards of drought, increased temperatures, and erratic rainfall. This is climate resilience— while difficult to quantify, it is a significant outcome of widespread investment into climate-smart agricultural practices. So for future climate you have seen the consequences and you have seen some optimism that can help us for future generations, so I hope that this was informative and I hope for better things to come for the earth.