GLOBAL INITIATIVES TO PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our times. Recent events have emphatically demonstrated our growing vulnerability to climate change. Climate change impacts will range from affecting agriculture – further endangering food security – to sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones, increasing intensity of natural disasters, species extinction, and the spread of vector-borne diseases. This issue is of immense importance for every global citizen. That is why it requires an initiative against it globally. Fortunately, a few of the global initiatives to prevent climate change are started by various sectors.

New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors have been announced at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement.

In Bonn, new initiatives were announced to push forward the transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement, according to a UN release.

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IS IGNORANCE TRULY A BLISS?

Sometimes ignorance is an excuse. The science confirming climate change is now irrefutable to everyone but ignorant people and greedy corporate polluters. The current debate is no longer even about science. It is now a debate between fact and fiction, taking care of God’s planet and self-centered greed, political honesty and political dishonesty.

We know far too little about the likely impacts of climate change on the biosphere and its components.  “Global change biology” has become an active field, but still lags behind physical climate science. This is awkward for those who are charged with providing informed advice on mitigation and adaptation, because the relationship between global warming and its consequences for human activities and concerns depends on its impacts – with biological processes looming large.

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CAN WE PUT A HALT ON GLOBAL WARMING?

The evidence that humans are causing global warming is strong, but the question of what to do about it remains controversial. Economics, sociology, and politics are all important factors in planning for the future.

Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs) today, the Earth would still warm by another degree Fahrenheit or so. But what we do from today forward makes a big difference. Depending on our choices, scientists predict that the Earth could eventually warm by as little as 2.5 degrees or as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scientists have rather major plans to keep the earth surface cool.

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LOSING NEMO TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Finding Nemo is getting harder as Climate Change is making clownfish infertile.

The homes of the clownfish that inspired the hit movie are being destroyed by warming seas in the South Pacific.

It’s stressing the colourful creatures out and reducing their sex drive, decimating numbers of offspring by three quarters.

Closely related to corals, sea anemones are invertebrate marine creatures that live in symbiosis with algae, which provide them with food, oxygen and color.

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LET’S BREW IT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

Every morning the world looks grim without a cup of coffee. It is the most important beverage to get us out of our sleepy state. Coffee is like a necessity for us. But imagine this necessity turning into a luxury; only available on occasions. Imagine “Koffee with Karan” without “Koffee”. Now that would be cruel.

But this would soon turn into reality. Climate Change is threatening coffee crops in every major coffee producing region of the world.

Higher temperatures, long droughts punctuated by intense rainfall, more resilient pests and plant diseases—all of which are associated with climate change—have reduced coffee supplies dramatically in recent years.

Coffee is the most traded commodity in world, after oil. Despite of not being staple in many diets, coffee business is big. Over 259 countries cultivate coffee and over 25 million families make a living from this business. But there is growing consensus among experts that climate change will affect coffee crops within the next 80 years. By 2100,over 50 percent of the land used to grow coffee will no longer be arable. A combination of effects, resulting from higher temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns, will make the land where coffee is grown unsuitable for its production.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, in Latin America alone, more than 90 percent of the land used for coffee production could suffer this fate. It is estimated that Ethiopia, the sixth largest producer in the world, could lose over 60 percent of its production by 2050. This is only a generation away.

Additionally, warming has expanded the habitat and thus the range and damage of the coffee berry borer, a grazing predator of coffee plants. This pest is placing additional stresses on all coffee crops, as is coffee rust, a devastating fungus that previously did not survive the cool mountain weather. Costa Rica, India, and Colombia, three of the top fifteen coffee-producing nations in the world, have all seen a dramatic decline in yields.

Brands like Maxwell House, Yuban, and Folgers have increased the retail prices of many grinds by 25 percent or more between 2010 and 2011, in light of tight supply and higher wholesale prices.

If you’re one of those people who needs a cup of coffee to get going in the morning, your world may be changing. In fact, it already is. The dwindling supply of coffee is but one example of the many impacts to come due to climate change, and should be a wake-up call for us all.