In UK this report came out and has raised a lot of eyebrows. As usual, there are camps on either side of the debate. But, to me, it is amazing that we are debating AT ALL!
One of the most popular argument used by many is that the calculations of the cost-benefits do not match up .. as they use the benefits accruing and line up all the costs and then discount the resultant by a certain factor – which is usually 3-5%.. well that is because the money tomorrow is worth less than today. But is it just money? Is a tree or a breath of Fresh Air only assessable in money terms? How about the availability of these basic needs to our great grandkids?
The question that we need to answer is: Are we worth More than our grandkids?
For the future of this planet.. PLEASE READ THIS!
Google recently partnered with Global SchoolNet to invite teachers and students to use Google Docs & Spreadsheets collaborative software in a project to brainstorm strategies for combating global warming. Children of all ages from more than 80 schools around the world participated, and on November 27th we took out a full-page ad in USA Today to put their ideas in the spotlight.
- Include global warming/climate change in school curricula (as part of National Science Standards), so when the students are in charge they can make educated decisions.
Most of the world is reeling under extreme summer temperatures – and in Antartica the temperature reached a new low! So low that it created a cloud cover that requires temperatures below -80 Celsius! The measured temp was -87 C and winds of upto 230 KM/hr!!
Something about the weather is not quite right… as a layman.. I cannot say what though.. but something is amiss! I hope we can tackle the coming catastrophes if any!!
Some of the coldest temperatures on Earth have fostered a rare cloud formation over Australia’s Mawson station in Antarctica, scientists said on Tuesday. Meteorological officer Renae Baker captured spectacular images of the nacreous clouds, also known as polar stratospheric clouds, on July 25.
Yet another evidence of the increasing Global Warming! Any more of those nonsensical explanations from the Oil-guzzling, Anti-global warming “scientists” and “activists” in the US?
….the steep decline of one bird species for the second straight year has rekindled scientists’ fears that global warming could be undermining the coastal food supply, threatening not just the Farallones but entire marine ecosystems.
Tiny Cassin’s auklets live much of their lives on the open ocean. But in spring, these gray-and-white relatives of the puffin venture to isolated Pacific outposts like the Farallones to dig deep burrows and lay their eggs.
The pollution is a fact of life in every city of India.. it has reduced a bit in Delhi but still it is high. This article brings home the apathy of the Indian politicians clearly.
When pollution was so high in Delhi, I used say to my friends that the only way anything will happen in the city towards a cleaner environment will be when the toxic air reaches the ramparts of Rashtrapati Bhawan and the 1 Race Course Road. I guess that is what happened. The pollution reached such heights that it was unbearable almost anywhere. And the action started. Within a year, the change from normal Unleaded Petrol was made to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for the auto rickshaws and commercial buses.
I did not realize that the wind power in India was getting ready for big times! But this article brings it out very nicely:
With booming India looking to tap every possible source of energy, one area of focus recently has been wind energy, widely regarded as a particularly environment-friendly and renewable form of alternative energy.
Particular attention has fallen on the sector because of recent big-ticket announcements by Indian wind-energy firm Suzlon and a top Indian businessman’s foray into tapping wind energy. Adding a bit of welcome glamour to the field, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai and cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar have invested in windmill projects in the Satara district of Maharashtra and in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
I had written this piece on how by end of this century the water levels in the oceans may be what they were 130,000 years ago!! I know many folks believe that this is alarmist.. .but slowly and steadily all evidence is pointing in that direction!
The air over Antarctica is warming even faster than in other parts of the world, according to an analysis of 30 years of weather balloon data.
While surface warming has been reported in parts of Antarctica, this is the first report of broad-scale climate change across the whole continent, the British Antarctic Survey says in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.
Congratulations! We are right on track to heat things up a little bit.. in fact as hot as it hasn’t been in .. well.. 130,000 years!
If we keep going at the rate we are going we could take the temperature of the Earth to rise 4 degrees F by the end of the century. This would mean that siginificant portions of ice on the Arctic and Greenland will be gone.. and Greenland will FINALLY live up to its name and be Green again!!
What would this mean? For one, the seas and oceans will rise 20 feet above their current levels. So if you are in the surfing business, this is the time to consolidate for end of the century is gonna be your PAYBACK TIME!
In an attempt to get away from Oil and other carbon related fuel – Nuke power is being touted as the next best alternative. In fact that was the basis behind the recent deal between US and India. But is the Nuke Power all that great thing?? Here is a take from UK:
The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) report says doubling nuclear capacity would make only a small impact on reducing carbon emissions by 2035.
The body, which advises the government on the environment, says this must be set against the potential risks.
Its time for “Green” to become chic! And just give lure of money to Indian entrepreneurs – and they will create the most impossible looking stuff in India. Here is one such example – perhaps the first “clean development project” as per UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. And they get to trade certified emission reductions – a source of revenue too!