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No Plan B: Climate Change Is Threatening Our Planet

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We need to wake up to Climate Change and what we need to do to stop the progression.

IPCC Created by WMO and UNEP

IPCC Created by WMO and UNEP

Current Warming Trends

Current Warming Trends

The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), 195 member countries with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. They are scheduled to convene in October 2021, with 234 leading scientists comparing their extensive research to determine solutions. One of the warmest years was 2020 and was not seen for 2000 years.

These scientists are all volunteers contributing their expertise to address Climate Change.

Climate Change is intensifying, accelerating, and affecting every region on the planet. Is it even possible to change the projection? It could be possible to be slowed down, but only if swift action is taken. Changes need to be made to include clean, renewable energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal biomass.


Greenhouse Effect

Greenhouse Effect

NASA Graph

NASA Graph

Geothermal and Biomass

Geothermal power comes from the earth in the form of stored heat. Both geothermal and biomass are power sources for renewable alternative energy that is clean and efficient. Both come from natural sources. The largest geothermal plant globally is Geyser Geothermal Complex, the largest located north of San Francisco with fifteen power plants operating.

Geyser Geothermal Complex

Geyser Geothermal Complex

Biomass

Biomass

Biomass Defined

Biomass Defined

Effects of Climate Change On Our Planet

Effects of Climate Change on the planet

  • More frequent and intense droughts
  • More severe storms
  • Crippling heat waves
  • Rising sea levels
  • Melting glaciers and permafrost


Plumas Co, California Fires

Plumas Co, California Fires

Affects of Climate Change On Humans

Affects ob humans

  • Threatening heat stress
  • Waterborne diseases
  • Poor air quality
  • Diseases transmitted by insects and rodents
  • Diseases such as bird flu, cholera, plaque, and TB


Top Polluters of The World

Here are the Top Polluters

  • China 10,065 Million tons of CO 2
  • The United States 5,416 Million tons CO 2
  • India 2,054 Million tons of CO 2
  • Russia 1,711 Million tons of CO 2
  • Japan 1,162 Million tons of CO 2
  • Germany 750 Million tons of CO 2

John Tyndall, First To Name Climate Change

It seems impossible that climate change was even suggested or eluded to, but that is exactly what John Tyndall did. Tyndall was born in 1820 in Ireland and was a leading scientist, teacher, author, and mountain climber. Mountains are named after him, along with glaciers and craters, yet few ever heard of him. In 1859 he showed in his scientific studies that gases like carbon dioxide and water absorb heat. Because of Tyndall, the foundation was set for the idea of climate change. He received several honorary degrees, the Royal Medal for his scientific works. He authored many articles and books for the scientific community. John died in 1898 in the UK and is buried in St. Bartholomew Churchyard, Haslemere, England.

John Tyndall 1820-1898

John Tyndall 1820-1898

Prior Government Administration

Without naming anyone specifically, it has been said they knew more about the environment than most people. Consequently, many decisions were made that have slowed and deprioritized climate action. They have rolled back regulations that will and have already set back the effects. It's time for all of us to take climate change seriously before it's too late.


Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 12, 2021:

Thanks for your visit Joanne and I agree with your comment.

Joanne Hayle from Wiltshire, U.K. on August 12, 2021:

Wise words, just a glance around planet Earth right now plus the pandemic shows that the world is not flourishing. For future generations to live safely we need to act now - if not 50 or 100 years ago:-(.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 10, 2021:

Chris57, I thank you so much for your visit. I am aware of the complexity of climate change and thankful there are dedicated scientists studying this. You mention 'too clean. How is that even possible?

I am impressed by your knowledge of our climate.

CHRIS57 from Northern Germany on August 10, 2021:

Certainly we can not ignore climate change. Your article brings this into our focus. My compliments.

What i am concerned about is the simple rational that climate change (global rise of median temperature) is linked to greenhouse gases. I don´t think it is quite that simple.

First of all mother nature has a lot of countermeasure tools to balance the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere. For example: with more CO2 is accompanied the growth of forests in the Northern hemisphere. This in return reduces the CO2 concentration (by photosythesis). Does not prevent the matter from being solved, but all models predicted a stronger rise of CO2.

In the past 150 years average global temperature rose by 1,2 C (corresponds to the graph you provided). But in the country i live, we have a growth of 1,5 C. This is quite significant, especially when the deviation showed up in the past 20 ..30 years.

What may be responsible for this "local" anormality? One explanation is: Our air has become too clean. Germany turned to green and clean in the 80ties. With reunification in 1990, gradually the environmental dirt and dust area in East Germany was also cleaned up. Today there is virtually no more dust and dirt in the air from industry. And the result: More sun energy on our territory, adding to the greenhouse effects of CO2 and alike.

For more than a decade i harvest solar energy on an (almost) industrial scale. I should detect a degradation of the solar panels. They age and produce less and less energy. But this not happening. I don´t even have half of predefined degradation over more than a decade. More sun must be coming down to the ground.

In 1980 Mt. St. Helens erupted. It took years for the dust masses to distribute on our planet. Brought us red sunsets for years. And yes, from 1985 to 1995 the global temperature did not rise (also did not drop).

Why am i stressing this: I think the causes and interactions responsible for climate change are much more complex than blaming CO2 output and burping of cows.

I was in China in 2014 during the APEC conference in Beijing. Everyone was amazed about the APEC BLUE, blue skies over Beijing, something not seen for years. To honor the conference, administration had shut down the factories in and around Beijing. Suddenly blue sky. Reminds me that man can make a difference. Only - i am not quite sure that man really understands what the mechanisms are and what really to do.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 10, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for reading the article. I agree and hope the Oct mtg is productive and officials take heed.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2021:

We are certainly seeing a lot od changes in our world, and your article explains the problem very well, Fran. It amazes me that John Tyndall, who was born in 1820, could see so far ahead. It will be interesting to see what happens after the October meeting.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 10, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for your visit. This is such an important issue we need to address now before it's too late.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 10, 2021:

Liz, thanks for reading. I agree, massive effort by ALL of us.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 10, 2021:

This is an interesting and very appropriate article for our times. We are seeing extreme weather conditions occur with increased frequency. It will take a massive effort to halt the decline in our climate.

Rosina S Khan on August 10, 2021:

John Tyndall's account is interesting to note for he was the first to pinpoint climate change. Yes, we should all come forward to take climate change seriously before it's too late. Thank you, Fran, for this wonderful and important article.

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