GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS

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Global Warming is a problem which is already known to cause climate change. The projection has been for a very long time that we are going to keep increasing carbon dioxide (CO₂) emission. The simple fact remains that the use of cheap fossil fuel which is basically what powers China and it is lifting 680 million people out of poverty; the high demand and usage of these cheap fuels by developing Countries who are striving for industrialisation; and at the same time it is keeping the Western powers rich, all of which are contributing factors to reckon with. Despite, the fact to the changes in the use of the land as an important source of greenhouse gas emissions could not be ignored.

It is evidently clear that people do not need strident scientific report to tell them the catastrophic effect of climate change due to global warming. This has affected farming practices and food supply causing food prices on the rise around the globe. All of these in the name of climate change causing water stresses, storms, flooding, droughts famine in some nations especially developing Countries, due to global warming. This is not only adversely affecting food production but people’s health, livelihood and killing thousands of people every year and it seems to be getting worse.

Despite the mounting evidence of the catastrophic effect of climate change, world leaders seem unable to comprehensively deal with the crisis. One reason for that is the politicisation of science itself as some groups try to undermine the conscientious among experts about global warming and its effect.  Moreover, the proceed lack of adequate cost effective alternative of fossil fuel related to the unequal distribution of responsibility some developing Countries feel they are at an unfair disadvantage at the time of becoming more industrialised.

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4 Responses to “GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS”

  1. sdiederichs Says:

    It has been undeniably recognized that climate change is the major challenge facing our world and that urgent measures are required to curb CO2 emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up in 1988 by the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization and has 195 countries are members. Its role is to analyze and assess all relevant data relating to climate change. Thanks to its work, it became evident that the release of greengases into the atmosphere is a major and vital problem and has to be curbed as it is the cause of global warming which is changing our weather with such devastating effects (floods, droughts, hurricanes) on agriculture and human security worldwide. After the 2007 conference in Berlin, most nations were on track to introduce green ecotaxes, but unfortunately we entered into a serious economic crisis, comparable to that of the 1930s. On top of this crucial ecological problem, came a catastrophic economic and social crisis. The budgets which had been allocated by governments to alternative energy depended on the levy of the agreed carbon tax (green tax or ecotax in certain countries) on the use of fossil fuels. But with their economies already suffering, and serious housing and welfare problems on their hands, countries had to prioritize their spending, and unfortunately the short-term won over the long-term. Most countries went for the votes, for demagogic measures and scrapped the green tax. In France, one of the few countries where the government is dead set into imposing an ecotax on fuel, they are massive protests from farmers and transporters as it will affect them deeply. However, I am sure that every single one of these protesters is aware of the ecological problems facing the planet and would like something to be done about it. But when it comes out of his pocket, it is different. We are unfortunately ultra dependent on fossil fuels and until we find some viable, practical and affordable alternatives we won’t change. I am convinced that in the Research and Development departments of the giants of the multinational energy industry, some solutions have been found but that as long as the production of petrol is profitable for them, we won’t see it. Wait for the day when the demand for petrol will irreversibly be bigger than the offer, when the exploitation of fossil fuels will not be profitable anymore, and I would bet anything that, as easy as changing their winter coat for a summer jacket, they will become the leaders in alternative energy!!!

  2. u1059279 Says:

    Thanks for more information on this issue. What can one say about Africa where disasters is not only to the environment but humans.Africa has been exploited of their natural resources and pollution with over used machineries in the name of “HELPING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES”Let don’t pray for us to change our winter coat for summer jacket.Instead let keep the message going for changes.Unity is strength!

  3. u0950028 Says:

    Contrary to what is heard in the media, however, there is overwhelming evidence that the warming we are experiencing is natural, with maybe a small amount contributed by man’s activities. Nor is there any scientific consensus. 31,000 scientists have signed a petition stating there is “no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide is causing catastrophic” warming.

  4. u1059279 Says:

    The intergovernmental panel for climate change was advising for humans to cut down on their activities,so were is it that you are saying that humans are not responsible for the change in climate?

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