It seems that climate change has become more of an issue. As CO2 levels go sky high, humanity is in for the shock of a lifetime.
A crisis is both a source of chagrin as well an an opportunity. If pollution and global warming have made life a living hell, than the world’s leaders are finally meeting up to discuss the issue and come up with sustainable solutions.
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The new reality which has awoken everyone from the US President to the rest of the global leaders is like a bad awakening from a utopian dream. The emissions of carbon dioxide are expected to reach unprecedented levels within a year or two.
UN’s weather agency WMO has warned that amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to pass a historic milestone next year. Then we will be in somewhat of a mess. So the way to dismantle this disaster in the making is to act now.
“Every year we report a new record in greenhouse gas concentrations,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Every year we say that time is running out. We have to act NOW to slash greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a chance to keep the increase in temperatures to manageable levels.”
The UN has already given its warning. Temperatures are steadily increasing. The carbon footprint mankind is leaving behind may change everything including the nature of the planet. CO2 levels have increased by 143% since pre-industrual times.
This is a sharp spike of sorts that spells scenarios of womb, gloom and doom. Curtailment of CO2 emissions will have to be instituted on an ad hoc basis.
“We will soon be living with globally averaged CO2 levels above 400 parts per million as a permanent reality,” Said Mr Jarraud
“We can’t see CO2. It is an invisible threat, but a very real one. It means hotter global temperatures, more extreme weather events like heatwaves and floods, melting ice, rising sea levels and increased acidity of the oceans. This is happening now and we are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed,” he said.
“Excess energy trapped by CO2 and other greenhouse gases is heating up the Earth surface which leads to increase in atmospheric water vapour which in turn is generating/trapping even more heat,” said Mr Jarraud.
“Carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and in the ocean for even longer. Past, present and future emissions will have a cumulative impact on both global warming and ocean acidification. The laws of physics are non-negotiable,” said Mr Jarraud.
A few weeks are left in a major world summit conference on climate change. President Obama, China’s Premier and David Cameron will be putting two and two together at the summit which will be held in Paris. The slashing of CO2 emissions is a must.
By next year alone, things will have hurtled out of control. So the thing is to act fast and with decisiveness. CO2 levels that constitute 400 parts per million are fast becoming a reality. And this is a sure sign of trouble that is looming ahead.
For one thing the future will not be any fun with such extreme pollution rampant in the atmosphere. The worst thing is that carbon dioxide is an invisible gas that is a silent killer of sorts. So many climate changes from floods to hurricanes and torrential rain will occur thanks to the meddlesome nature of man.
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We are very quickly entering a high risk zone from which only drastic changes can save us. A vicious circle may lead to the earth becoming uninhabitable within a century’s time frame and that is not something anybody would want to happen.