Climate change is becoming a frequently discussed issue within the years that are past, but in the last year there continues to be more and more talk about it.
Only this Summer and Autumn (2007), we’ve found floodings in britain, as well as in the USA. Drought in areas of Australia has been more severe that standard, and California and Greece have experienced massive forest fires. However, by far the most remarkable has been the entirely surprising area of the melt of the north west passageway in the Arctic, and we have all seen the satellite images revealing a much shrunken ice cap right across the entire Arctic region.
Global climate change is the single largest environmental threat facing the earth. Climate change can occur naturally, and many assert that despite the majority scientific view the cause is human activity, the cause is natural. Others contend that the increase on carbon dioxide in the atmosphere seems as if it has grown hugely, the actual amount compared with all the other gases is still very small. They reason that as it is still a tiny percentage of our atmosphere, how could it be having the effect attributed to it?
Yet, despite questions of this sort, global warming or the climate change we have seen does match the rise in human population and activity since the start of industrial revolution, and it would have been a rare man indeed.
Climate change impacts will range from influencing agriculture, further endangering food security, sea level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones, plus increasing intensity of natural weather extremes. The reality of climate change, and the causal role in the process of humanity, are.
Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere tend to help accelerate the rate of climate change. Sadly, it’ll be the young, the poor, and the feeble who will suffer most. Children in developing countries will probably manage the greatest risks from climate change.
However, we should not despair. There is much to be achieved, and much that may be done which will really make a difference. The Kyoto Protocol is the international strategy to reduce climate change pollution. Europe has led the diplomatic efforts which created the Kyoto agreement. It’s far from perfect but it is the only real show in town which may generate change in the nations that are developing.
Rich nations, like the USA and Australia don’t want to take actions to stop climate change. Which is understandable, if it places heavy additional costs on companies as their markets will suffer. To be able to recuperate in time to prevent the worst effects, it is asserted it is not proven yet that the additional burden will actually afford the level of improved sustainability our world will need. Yet, such sentiments are getting to be more unusual.