The report from the UN climate-panel leaves no room
The atmosphere is getting warmer because gas-emissions from human activities prevents the heat from the sun to reflect into space - we are experiencing a greenhouse effect.
The majority of so called greenhouse-gases are caused by burning of fossil fuel, and the biggest troublemaker is carbondioxide, CO2.
With a temperature-rising in the atmosphere there are now occurring several processes that disturbs the normal state of our globe:
- The ice in the Antarctica is slowly melting, and the scientists can already measure a rise in
- The temperature in the sea is slowly raising, changing the habitats of fish and other living
beings necessary for our survival.
- The raise of the temperature in the atmosphere and sea is changing the whole
meteorological situation for our planet - winds, rain and even ocean-currents are already
behaving unusual, and things will change more!
This is what we will experience in the near future:
- the sea-level will raise from 25 to 90 centimeter. Low-laying countries are threatened and
more than hundred million people will have to be moved!
- it will be a lot more extreme weather with floodings, hurricanes and draught!
- higher temperature means spreading of tropical diseases. Malaria might increase with up to
80 million a year!
- food-production will decrease in many areas of the world , in other increase!
- deserts will become larger, and the vegetation change in 1/3 of the worlds forests!
- the mean-temperature on the earth will raise with between 1 to 4 degrees Celsius the next
What can we do to stop the problem?
UN's climate-panel says that we have to reduce the emission of greenhouse-gases - fast!
A decrease in release of CO2 to the atmosphere of at least 60 percent is necessary just to stabilize the amount of CO2 on the present level. A level that already is causing a harmful climate-change!
Can we believe in UN's climate-panel?
The climate-panel is made up from more than 1000 of the worlds leading scientists.
If you are sick I guess you visit one doctor, and trust in what he is saying. 1000 of the leading doctors on the earth's health are telling that the patient is seriously sick- and it would be ridiculous and highly risky not to listen to what they say!
Might be the earth will solve the problems itself?
Well, might be, but is it any reason that the earth in so case will show consideration to us humans? Isn't the best way to get rid of a cancer to cut it away?
Why don't we do anything?
It has taken some time to realize, and admit, that we have a problem. Several international climate-conferences have taken place since the first in London in 1990. In Rio de Janeiro in 1992 it was agreed that it was necessary to reduce emissions of climate-gases.
Some countries set up national goals to reduce their emission of greenhouse-gases, but so far the implementations have been very weak and no country has even discussed to reduce their emission of CO2 with 60 percent - or more. The total level of CO2 in the atmosphere is rapidly increasing and makes the percentage we will have to reduce higher and higher each day!
The last international climate-conferance took place in Kyoto in December, and on overtime an agreement was reached. It says that the industrialized countries shall reduce their emissions of six climate-gases with a total of 5,2 percent, compared to 1990-level, before year 2012. This is of course far from enough!!!!!!
Why don't the politicians take this problem seriously?
The politicians are in a very tricky situation, they have too many considerations to take.
First of all; they are humans and they want to get reelected to keep their jobs. If they tell the inhabitants of their country that everybody will have to reduce their standard of living then their political career might be very short! They are in a "Catch 22"-situation.
To reduce the CO2 level in the atmosphere with more than 60 percent will beyond doubt mean that all the inhabitants of the industrialized nations will have to reduce their standard of living, and that the rest of the world can forget any kind of economical development! To say it in a brutal and illustrative way: If all the Chinese and Indians shall be allowed to have cars then the rest of the world can throw away theirs!
It might be that some of the politicians have concluded that it is impossible to do something, and that they might as well help the inhabitants in their country to obtain a high standard of living - until it is all over.
It is also a bad sign that former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who was the leader of the World Commission on Environment and Development, totally seems to have forgotten that she in the report "Our Common Future" concluded that the industrialized countries have to reduce their use of energy with 50 percent!
WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF TUVALU?
We managed to get away and our houses are standing empty. But Emma's family is still there, our friends are still there.
We will not be surprised if we tomorrow receive a fax telling that they are all dead. So - I have a job to do here. My homepages are a part of this job.
The Tuvaluan Government is of course aware of the problem, and they have tried to focus the word's attention on their situation - without much luck.
It seems that Australia and New Zealand have promised to take the islanders if they have to be evacuated, but the problem is that it might not be anybody to evacuate after the next hurricane... Nobody will be able pick the people of the islands if a catastrophe strikes - the nation is just too far away.
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|"The greenhouse effect and sea level rise threaten the very
heart of our existence", Bikenibeau Paeniu, previous Prime Minister
World Climate Conference, November 1990.
|The inhabitants of tiny Tuvalu threatened by rising sea-levels fear
they will have to be floated in canoes over their flooded homes before
the rest of the world wakes up to their plight.
Prime Minister Kamuta Lataasi said New Zealand Foreign Minister Don McKinnon had written to him to say Tuvaluans would not be welcomed in New Zealand, and Australia had informally advised him they would not change their immigration policies to cope with Tuvalu's problems.
"-I am disappointed, but I don't think I will take no for an answer, I will continue to press for our needs. - It seemed, he said in the telephone interview, - that the world did not care what happened to his people. they want to see everybody floating before they respond, he said, but they might not even be able to do that. -We might not have enough wood here to build paopaos (canoes)"
Fiji Times, 9/12-94.
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