Today I have watched a TED talk by David Keith. Environmental scientist David Keith is known for his critical look on geoengeneering against climate change. He proposes a cheap, effective, and shocking means to address climate change. His message is: “What if we injected a huge cloud of ash into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and heat?”
Climate changes has a huge impact in people’s “everyday-life”. Less rain, higher temperatures and perhaps problems to get water are all problems caused by the climate changes, according to scientists. Recently, Kuwait (located in the Middle-East) hit 54 degrees Celsius – the hottest temperature measured since 1913. But, some meteorologists are sceptical of the recording from 1913, due to the less reliable equipment in the beggining of the 20th century.
The major part of the scientists around the world believe that the temperature rise is a result of human actions, and measures are needed to help our earth’s future. If the increase continues, temperatures may be too hot for human survival, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
There are many different opinions on climate changes, and it’s a topic that’s important to many people. This often becomes visible when elections like the U.S presidential election begins. Both candidates have very different views on the case.
The presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very opposing views on climate changes. Trump referred to global warming as “a hoax” to a rally in South Carolina in December. He earlier tweeted about global warming where he called it bullshit. He has promised that if he were elected president of the United States he would cut funding for the environmental protection agency. This may sound absurd but some Americans can be pretty selfish and like the way he thinks. If Trump cut this funding there will be more money to spend on the American people.
On the other hand, Clinton has said that if she’s elected president she will take the climate changes seriously. She thinks focusing on the climate changes could create good paying clean energy jobs. This has appealed to many Americans that care about unemployment. She would also move forward with Obama’s clean power plan. This will meet the Paris Target for reducing greenhouse gases. Where Trump wants to drill for more oil, Clinton wants to ban drilling in new places.
Trump has earlier showed that he rejects both climate science and attempting to reach global goals for greenhouse gases by making a statement in North Dakota that he would “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement”.
Global warming is obviously a problem all over the world, as mentioned. Although some countries are more affected than others. The poorest countries get hit hardest by climate change. However, many industrialized countries contribute a lot to improve the climate, by introducing different intiatives, such as recycling.
I’m going to focus on Norway, how this rich country contributes to saving the environment. Norway’s plans to end deforestation and ban gas-powered cars are making it to one of the greenest countries in the world. There has been talks about possibly banning the sale of gasoline-powered cars by the year 2025.
The measures that help the environment that currently, will initially not reduce the greenhouse effect, but reduce the increase of it. To achieve this it is necessary with international agreements, and not just individually processed for each country.
”The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty which extends the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) that commits State Parties to reduce greenhouse gasses emissions, based on the premise that global warming exists and (b) man-made CO2 emissions have caused it.” According to Wikipedia.
As an ending to this blogpost I would like to show you this quote from David Keith`s TED talk.
“So here’s one last thought, which was said much, much better 25 years ago in the U.S. National Academy report than I can say today. And I think it really summarizes where we are here. That the CO2 problem, the climate problem that we’ve heard about, is driving lots of things — innovations in the energy technologies that will reduce emissions — but also, I think, inevitably, it will drive us towards thinking about climate and weather control, whether we like it or not. And it’s time to begin thinking about it, even if the reason we’re thinking about it is to construct arguments for why we shouldn’t do it.”
Written by Sara, Ingrid & Henrik