Major causes of climate change

Major causes of climate change

Major causes of climate change

 
 
Our activities are the cause of climate change. Chopping down forests, burning coal, oil, gas, and land clearance are the main ones. When we burn these fossil fuels large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) get released. This CO2 accumulates in Earths atmosphere. Deforestation reduces the number of trees available to consume excess CO2.
 
 
Increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gases prevent solar radiation from escaping. This traps heat and raises the temperature on Earths surface. This is the “Greenhouse Effect.”
 
The greenhouse effect keeps Earth warm and habitable. Unfortunately, human activities intensify the heat causing the planet to overheat. This the “Enhanced Greenhouse Effect.”

Impacts of a warming climate

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Different regions on our planet experience different effects of climate change. That is, the temperature rises at different rates depending on the region.
 
Many areas experience unpredictable and extreme weather events. Some become colder or drier. Others may become wetter or hotter.
 
Projections by the scientific community say that our climate could raise by as much as 6 in the next 80 years. Cutting carbon emissions could, at least, lessen this.
 
An increase of 6 is likely to affect crucial food chains and fragile ecosystems. This would result in massive rain-forest destruction. Sea levels will rise by large amounts. Ice sheets will also melt in our polar regions.
 
As a result, we and other life on or planet would suffer greatly.
 
I will look at the effects of climate change on wildlife in my next post.
 

What Is Climate Change?

What Is Climate Change?

 
 
 
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Climate Change

Climate is the typical or average weather recorded over a period of time in a given or set region. Weather anomalies occur such as a cool day in summer, or a warm day in winter. Those events do not show climate change. Trends observed over long periods of time prove climate change is occurring right now.
 
Our planets climate has changed over it’s 4.5-billion year history. During this time, Earth has warmed and cooled over several periods.
 
Observations prove Earths climate has altered in the last 100 years. These observations are by the scientific community.
 
In Australia, our average temperature is up by around 1%. Even this small change is a rapid one. This speed of change does not provide animals, plants and us to adapt. Thus the delicate balance of Earth’s ecosystems become affected.
 
In my next post, we will look at what the major causes are of climate change.
 

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau – Brownface Photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for a “brownface photo” which was taken during his attendance at a Vancouver private school back in 2001. Is this PC gone mad? Do we need to ban themed parties?

Trudeau has unreservedly apologised saying that when he attended the Arabian Nights themed party he should have known better, but didn’t.

Did he harm anyone? No, not really.

Were the people at the party offended? It appears not going by the photo released in the press.

Why was nothing said about this when he was first elected as Prime Minister of Canada? Because the dirt diggers of the opposition are better at their job than the first time around.

We see actors playing out roles on TV, movies and on stage. Sometimes they are playing characters who are wife beaters or racists.

Are they held accountable? No.

Why not? Because they are acting.

And acting is really what PM Trudeau was doing back in 2001. He dressed up as a character. That was all he did.

So I guess we will need to ban costume or themed parties after all.

Respect For Paraplegics

Respect For Paraplegics

After a recent experience, I have increased respect for paraplegics.

Without going into the gory details, I recently had an operation in the local hospital. The operation was done with me awake by the means of using a “block” which is basically an anaesthetic injected into the spinal fluid.

The result of this was my feeling nothing from the waist down for around six or seven hours. When I say feeling nothing, I mean not only the loss of sensation from the waist down but also the inability to move my legs or even toes for that period of time.

I found it pretty much impossible to even sit up in bed unless it was with assistance and having my firmly planted up against the bottom of the hospital bed. You simply do not realise how much you use your legs until they no longer feel as if they exist.

Wheelchair Athletes

People who are wheelchair-bound do an exceptional job of coping with everyday tasks and are they certainly deserve the utmost respect.

On the flip side. we watch people in sport and often forget about their disabled counterparts who compete in athletics or other sports like tennis or basketball. When the Olympics are on the Paralympics are shown after the Olympics finish. I think it would be wonderful to see both versions run concurrently giving more exposure to our disabled sportsmen and sportswomen who are truly just as passionate as the able-bodied ones.

Information about paraplegia

Come Pick Our Fruit Says Michael McCormack Deputy PM

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Michael McCormack Says Come Pick Our Fruit

Michael McCormack happily sits in an airconditioned office with a comfy chair and tells Pacific Islanders to “come pick our fruit.”

After the Pacific Island Forum in Tuvalu, this was the Deputy PMs response to concerns about the islands being swamped due to global warming. His comment was reportedly made at a Wagga Wagga business function.

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To be as insensitive to say that a Nation will survive global warming because they come to Australia to pick fruit has to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, big-headed, full of my own importance, idiotic statements of Modern History.

Enele Sopoaga, (Prime Minister of Tuvalu) is reported by the SBS News [*1*] as accusing Australia of worrying about its own economy and not the implications of climate change.

Should the deputy PMs comments accurately reflect the opinion of our Australian Parliament, then his (Enele’s) statement is both true and worrying.

Are we a nation that is so self-centred that we only care about ourselves without concern for others and the bigger picture of what is in store for us in the future if climate change is ignored? I hope not, because, let us not forget that the vast majority of our population live on the coast. Also, if we were forced in the future to abandon our homes and move inland would we even have the resources left to sustain life in our arid centre?

Make your voice heard. Tell your local parliamentary representative that you are not happy with Michael McCormack’s comment and that you want your government to take climate change seriously. Even if we won’t be sinking under the oceans tomorrow.

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*1* SBS News source