The utter mayhem in EU although a cause of concern to all the UN-member countries, there is already the faint noise growing louder by the day from the Climate skeptics, who most if not all are bank-rolled by the Oil – Coal – Nuclear cartel; to whom the world moving towards cleaner and more sustainable way of living is the sound of the death knell. Their combined corporate greed does not let them see that these are but a finite source of energy, the extraction of which is already creating and will create catastrophe. But the chance that these anti environmentalist lobby would win is very very real.
Also as the world economy slows down, it would be more and more easy to by-pass legislation which protect the rain-forest, the tropical ecosystem and the marine life. Projects would come up in form of new mining lease, construction of special economic zones etc etc and each one of them will be at the cost of the environment in the name of “doing good for the human kind”.
It is therefore ever more important that the common man understands the complexities on nature and join the fight to reduce Global warming! To do that they must understand the cause of Global Warming in as simple terms as possible. This blog is an attempt towards achieving that goal –
The burning of fossil fuels sends about twenty four gigatons of CO2
per year into the atmosphere, which although small compared to what goes up in the natural process; the biosphere and the oceans send about 440 gigatons and 330 gigatons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere; it does not get canceled out as the one from nature does.
To understand natural balance one just need to look into photosynthesis. Plants sucks up CO2 and releases O2 in the process. The CO2 thus trapped again gets released into the atmosphere with forest fire every year in summer. In monsoon new plants grow and the cycle begins all over again. Although this example is an over-simplification of the process, it helps prove the point I’m making.
However when we burn up fossil fuel to generate electricity or drive our cars, the CO2 emitted is EXTRA, which the nature can not balance out completely with every natural cycle. It’s just like a queue getting longer at a ticket window because only one is operational instead of the regular 3 to cope with the expected crowd.This green house gas can be compared to a quilt with traps heat in the Earth’s lower atmosphere causing it to get warmer and warmer with every addition of the gas, layer by layer each year.
It was calculated in the year 2000 when the world population was 6 Billion that each individual is responsible for about 51/2 tonnes of CO2 per year through the simple action of living his/her life style.
However, Nature is a great leveler. It does not discriminate between an American or an African. When the Green Land ice melts ( all of it ) as predicted with the global rise in temperature, the sea level will rise by 7 meter as estimated. All low-lying areas of all continents will sink along with the complete vanishing of small island states. Quid Pro Quo !
This then if understood by each populace across Nations on time, can help put pressure on their respective governments to not create a farce as it were during COP-15at Copenhagen.
- Bhutan to submit its climate issues to UNFCCC in Durban (chimalaya.org)
- “To go to a UNFCCC meeting is to fall down the rabbit hole” Update from Climate talks in Bonn (hcwheurope.wordpress.com)
- Multilateralism as a diplomatic tool for addressing climate change: Case of US diplomatic practice (jedayang.wordpress.com)
- Climate extortion is common in the run-up to UN CoPs but this is unusually blatant (junkscience.com)
- Meeting on mountains and climate change in the context of UNFCCC (chimalaya.org)
- Unilateral Carbon Border Measures (worldtradelaw.typepad.com)
- global warming redux(timothypierce.wordpress.com)