The Cleaner Ocean Foundation works to help protect the "seven seas" from the effects of anthropogenic global warming. Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and farmable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions.
is essential to life on Earth but too much in the atmosphere is a bad
thing where greenhouse
the sun’s heat from escaping back into space, keeping the Earth warmer
than is comfortable for plants and animals to survive - hence changing
Climate change occurs when changes in Earth's climate system result in new weather patterns that last for at least a few decades, and maybe for millions of years. The climate system is comprised of five interacting parts, the atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), cryosphere (ice and permafrost), biosphere (living things), and lithosphere (earth's crust and upper mantle).
The climate system receives nearly all of its energy from the sun, with a relatively tiny amount from earth's interior. The climate system also gives off energy to outer space. The balance of incoming and outgoing energy, and the passage of the energy through the climate system, determines Earth's energy budget.
When the incoming energy is greater than the outgoing energy, earth's energy budget is positive and the climate system is warming. If more energy goes out, the energy budget is negative and earth experiences cooling. Oh joy. How do we arrange for that?
The hardest thing to do when thinking of ways to combat climate change: is change.
Many countries have declared a state of climate emergency, but carry on as before, hoping to gain economic advantage over their neighbours. China, India, Russia and the USA are some of the most two-faced. At least Trump admits that he's not going to agree to any binding targets. In that respect he may be more honest, but it is generally agreed outside the US that he's still wrong to gamble with the lives of billions - without any rescue or reserve plan. Come on Donald, it's okay to admit a mistake.
SIX WAYS WARMING IS AFFECTION OUR OCEANS :-
3. Fish shrinkage
A new study (21-8-17) by researchers at the University of British Columbia explains that fish are cold blooded and cannot regulate their own body temperatures. Thus, when their waters get warmer, their metabolism accelerates and more oxygen is needed to sustain body functions. For this reason fish could shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures rise by just 2°C (3.6°F) - about what is expected to occur around the world by the mid-21st century.
A disastrous positive feedback loop
SIX CHANGES TO GET OUT OF THIS MESS
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Government aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
2. RENEWABLES: Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport. Conventional energy exploration companies should consider a phased transition to green alternatives.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with sustainable new homes built of renewable materials that lock carbon and are affordable. Offering planning rights free to encourage eco builds and cut out empire building councils that add significant costs and legal obstacles to hinder progress.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, fossil fueled air travel, and to build new homes. We need to reduce food waste and promote less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation until the grid is all solar and wind powered.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt policies to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, increase spend on educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures. We need an end to local empire building kleptocrats.
CLIMATE CHANGE COP HISTORY
COP 1, BERLIN, GERMANY
2020 COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 5, Glasgow, Scotland
2021 COP 26/ Glasgow, Scotland 1-12 November
DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY
BIODIVERSITY COP HISTORY
The sky at night in Sussex, usually a Shepherd's delight, but now looking like a warning.
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