No more fossil fuels
Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere acts like a blanket around the Earth and causes the average global temperature to rise.
Amongst other effects, warming of the Earth causes land ice to melt causing sea levels to rise, with catastrophic consequences.
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In the past two hundred years or so, since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been raised from 300 parts per million to nearly 400 parts per million.
This is unprecedented for the Earth in recent geological times.
In the past 400,000 years the maximum concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 300 parts per million, and the sea level was 5 metres higher than now.
Be informed and engaged
We all need to understand climate change in order to demand the social and political changes that are required, in our individual lives and in the policies of our governments. We can not leave it to the politicians, with their short-termism and vested interests. Also, we need to give them our informed support for the difficult decisions that are required. This is the radical change that is required by all of us, if we are to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
This provides a range of knowledge and expertise that is very useful in understanding climate change and what can be done about it, especially in a practical way.
Also, it would be useful if each community organised a meeting, at least once a year, for political representatives to present the progress to date.
Fossil fuels - the economics and politics of finite resources
As usual, see here a compelling presentation by Greta Thunberg – waking up people wherever she goes.
The Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell says that substantial re-forestation is required to limit global warming to less than 1.5C.
See here a link to the IPCC Special Report on the need to limit global warming to a rise in average global temperature of less than 1.5C compared to pre-industrial levels.
Limiting global warming to 2C may prove to be a fools errand, according to recent report from leading climate scientists.
Interesting article here in the Guardian about data from 2016, showing that the economics as well as the climate change case is with renewables and not fossil fuels.
Article in the Guardian reporting the latest global warming data from the World Meteorological Office.
Informative piece by Nicholas Stern on the need for better accuracy for the dangers of climate change and the benefits of a low-carbon economy, and also his TED talk on dealing with climate change.
Informative piece by the BBC on fossil fuels, global warming, the causes of climate change and its consequences. The Paris climate agreement is not nearly enough to address the forthcoming problem. Look at the data and engage with your political representatives to do much more about it.
Some informative and compelling TED Talks on Climate Change.
Some interesting and informative articles, including the Paris Climate Agreement, from the Guardian newspaper.
Measuring stations are now showing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere more than 400 parts per million – we’re baking in future global warming. Eliminating fossil fuels is necessary as soon as possible. The longer we wait, the more future global warming we create.
Interesting article about Bernie Sander’s views on Donald Trump’s new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
New report from scientists regarding species extinctions caused by human-created climate change.
A very interesting 2016 letter and videos from Bill and Melinda Gates. Asking what superpower do you wish you had, they conclude “more energy” and “more time” – thought-provoking pieces as you would expect.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation or LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems. It advocates leaving fossil fuels in the ground and it inspires millions of people to take local action on global warming and climate change.
Millions of African farmers need to adapt to changing climate.
Regarding climate change and the consequences of climate change, the recent book “This Changes Everything” from Naomi Klein is a most informative read, though the idea that mitigating the effects of climate change is a rallying call for the political left might disengage the political right unnecessarily.
Denial of climate change is all about the politics not about the science.
The Pope’s encyclical letter regarding care of our common home.
Report from CNN of the Canadian firestorm and relation to climate change.
Good article in the Telegraph about how the Saudi government are focused on developing their economy outside of their traditional fossil fuel interests.
The previous Archbishop of Canterbury warns of catastrophic climate change in a thoughtful and informed article in the Telegraph.
Informed and passionate article from Sir David Attenborough – what else is there to say ?
Interesting article about the extent of the neoliberal agenda executed by stealth over the past 40 years.