Because Madrid failed to clarify so many key issues the onus now falls on the UK to resolve many of the most challenging questions.
In Glasgow, the question of loss and damage, of carbon markets, transparency and many other technical issues will need to solved.
Most importantly the countries will have to agree a major boost in their carbon cutting if the world is to keep the rise in global temperatures under 1.5C this century.
At a time when the UK will be negotiating trade deals with the EU and with the US, it is going to require enormous diplomatic clout to deal with the climate question as well.
“The diplomacy to build the confidence of the Chinas and the Indias that they can do more and they will be supported, through economic co-operation and that everyone else is moving in that direction, is incredibly important for changing the politics heading into next year,” said Jennifer Tollman, a climate expert with the E3G think tank.
“The UK can’t do it on its own. They will have to outsource this to people they know and trust.”
Rising Earth Temperatures
means thinner tectonic plates = more earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, Building collapse, etc.
Rising Sea Temperatures
means more, and stronger super typhoons, rising seas, flooding, loss of cities, land slides, etc
Burnt rice-fields, vegetable failure, lack of water, sun burnt, general crop damage, unemployment. lack of income. (To name just a few challenges we already have).
Schools, Universities, the youth worldwide, scientists, organisations, riots, rising food prices, starvation. Many of these already upon us.
Is this ‘Fake News’? Read the facts:-
Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.
AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
Statement on Climate Change from 18 Scientific Associations
“Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.” (2009)2
- American Association for the Advancement of Science“Based on well-established evidence, about 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.” (2014)3
- American Chemical Society“The Earth’s climate is changing in response to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and particulate matter in the atmosphere, largely as the result of human activities.” (2016-2019)4
- American Geophysical Union“Based on extensive scientific evidence, it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. There is no alterative explanation supported by convincing evidence.” (2019)5
- American Medical Association“Our AMA … supports the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report and concurs with the scientific consensus that the Earth is undergoing adverse global climate change and that anthropogenic contributions are significant.” (2019)6
- American Meteorological Society“Research has found a human influence on the climate of the past several decades … The IPCC (2013), USGCRP (2017), and USGCRP (2018) indicate that it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-twentieth century.” (2019)7
- American Physical Society“Earth’s changing climate is a critical issue and poses the risk of significant environmental, social and economic disruptions around the globe. While natural sources of climate variability are significant, multiple lines of evidence indicate that human influences have had an increasingly dominant effect on global climate warming observed since the mid-twentieth century.” (2015)8
- The Geological Society of America“The Geological Society of America (GSA) concurs with assessments by the National Academies of Science (2005), the National Research Council (2011), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2013) and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (Melillo et al., 2014) that global climate has warmed in response to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases … Human activities (mainly greenhouse-gas emissions) are the dominant cause of the rapid warming since the middle 1900s (IPCC, 2013).” (2015)9
International Academies: Joint Statement
“Climate change is real. There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as complex as the world’s climate. However there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities (IPCC 2001).” (2005, 11 international science academies)10
- U.S. National Academy of Sciences“Scientists have known for some time, from multiple lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate, primarily through greenhouse gas emissions.”11
U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
- U.S. Global Change Research Program“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities.” (2018, 13 U.S. government departments and agencies)12
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.”13
“Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”14
So what is the hope for the future? Answer…. YOU!
So many things we can do. Plant large leaf trees, produce oxygen in your rooms, demand government action. No fossil fuels, get community and school action groups to participate in actual work shops. Leave a note below if your organisation needs help.
- Speak up! Make your government take action.
- Power your home with renewable energy. …
- Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize. …
- Invest in energy-efficient appliances. …
- Reduce water waste. …
- Actually eat the food you buy—and make less of it meat. …
- Buy better light bulbs. …
- Pull the plug(s).
Snake Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata
Snake plant is a very popular houseplant in the asparagus family. It goes by many names, including mother-in-law’s tongue and viper’s bowstring hemp.
There are many varieties of snake plant with unique and beautiful patterns on their leaves. They combine dark green, yellow and other hues into a beautiful canvas of fresh colors and patterns.
Snake plant is very effective at producing oxygen and removing toxins from the air. Source:-NASA research. You should have 4 to 6 in an average size room.
Where can my organisation write to for action?
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.