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Today, a Bill passed by opposition parties and Tory rebels will receive Royal Assent. It insists that - if a deal is not reached - Mr Johnson must agree to postpone Brexit for at least three months. On Sunday, Mr Johnson bunkered down in Chevening, the Foreign Secretary's country residence, with his closest aides. What next for Brexit? Follow key developments, expert analysis and multiple perspectives as the UK edges closer to leaving the EU It is understood to have included chief strategist Dominic Cummings, where he is thought to have wargamed how the crucial week ahead could pan out.
But worse than that : every carbon offset bought by a well-meaning liberal is another get-out-of-jail free card for the fossil fuel industry and the other major I could go on and on, but the point is the same every time. Individual actions are meaningless when collective actions aren’t taken. Why do we do
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A carbon footprint is historically defined as the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent.
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Almost every good deed you’ve been asked to do to fight global warming is counterproductive. Individual behavior change isn’t action—it’s distraction.
But worse than that: every carbon offset bought by a well-meaning liberal is another get-out-of-jail free card for the fossil fuel industry and the other major contributors to global climate destruction. It shifts the blame from the actual causes of climate change to fake ones, and shifts attention away from meaningful actions to meaningless, psychological ones. And by making real solutions harder to achieve, the mistaken focus on individual behavior change makes global warming worse. © Reuters Extinction Rebellion climate change activists protest during London Fashion Week in London, Britain, September 13, 2019.
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A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent See my comment to the article about personal responsibility for global warming . Why you should calculate your carbon footprint .
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First, if you run the numbers, it’s obvious that even if every do-gooder in the world changed their light bulbs to fluorescents, stopped going on vacation, and bought carbon offsets for every art project they built at Burning Man, none of this would make a dent in global carbon dioxide emissions. There just aren’t enough bleeding hearts to go around.
Moreover, individual behaviors are not the major causes of global warming.
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Since 1992, the frozen continent has lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, resulting in rise in global sea levels by a quarter inch (0.63 centimeters), according to a study published in the journal Nature. Researchers estimate that the rate at which ice is lost has soared from 73 billion metric tons per year in 2007 to 219 billion tons in 2017 – a triple increase that could increase sea levels six inches (15.2 centimeters) by 2100.
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With some simple switches—whether it's picking up your bike or closing the curtains—you can start practicing carbon footprint -reducing habits It's easy to see how biking can reduce your carbon footprint . While the typical passenger car releases about 404 grams of CO2 per mile, a bicycle emits
A passenger's carbon footprint from a one-way flight from London to New York is just under half a tonne of greenhouse gases. The figures for greenhouse gas emissions are in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). This is a unit that converts the impact of different kinds of greenhouse
The west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming parts of the planet. This has affected the distribution of penguin colonies along the coast as sea ice conditions have changed, reports Discovering Antarctica. Melting snow has seen increased plant coverage. Many glaciers have retreated and ice shelves have collapsed.
Amazon rainforest – South America
The world’s largest tropical rainforest (it covers approximately 40 percent of the continent) has not only experienced rising deforestation but also extreme drought that has left it susceptible to fires, says a report published by the United Nations Environment Program. Entire species of vegetation and animals are on the brink of extinction.
Dead Sea - Bordering Israel, West Bank and Jordan
The saltwater lake has shrunk by a third over the last 40 years since development in the region started. Sinkholes are appearing where the water has receded, while mineral extraction by cosmetic companies has further eroded it. Rainfall in the region has declined and a study conducted by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory found that thousands of years ago, when temperatures were similarly rising, the entire region suffered a megadrought worse than any ever recorded.
Climate strike: 'It is our future. It is everybody's future' - Thousands of Irish students join millions around the world in protest
Climate strike: 'It is our future. It is everybody's future' - Thousands of Irish students join millions around the world in protestSixth-year student Rachel Kingston and her friends Saidbh Corcoran, Freya Farrar and Fiadh Daly travelled to the city to register their protest at what they perceive as the failure of the Government to take strong action on the environment.
Calculate your carbon footprint and buy carbon offsets from a certified provider (U.S. and Canada) (you can always reduce payments later as you make other changes). Learn more. Minimize driving by setting concrete reduction goals and walking, biking, carpooling and using public transit as much as
Here are five ways to reduce your carbon footprint . Melting it won’t help, seeing as most of it will just end up as sea water. That ’s why it’s so important to cherish the water we have. Here are a few ways to help conserve water and protect our waterways
Baobab trees - Southern Africa
One of the oldest living organisms in Africa, these trees can live up to 3,000 years and are often called “the tree of life.” However, over the past 12 years, five of the six largest and nine of the 13 oldest have died, either completely or partially. According to a study published in Nature Plants, this may be due to climate change. “We suspect the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part with significant modifications of climate conditions that affect southern Africa in particular,” the report says.
Cape Town - South Africa
Popular with tourists, this coastal city came perilously close to literally running out of water early in 2018. The situation forced officials to restrict the amount of water an individual, home or building could use in a day. At their most extreme, these restrictions capped daily usage at a maximum of 50 liters per person.
As of December 2018, the mayor’s office has raised that limit to 105 liters but other rules, like the flushing of toilets (only with greywater or non-drinking water, and only when absolutely necessary) remain in force.
Venice – Italy
Locals have slowly come to accept the flooding of Piazza San Marco (pictured) and other low-lying areas of the city but, with ocean levels rising, Venice is inundating further. The city of canals is sinking fast enough to become uninhabitable by the end of this century, scientists at the Venice in Peril fund have warned.
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Great Barrier Reef – Australia
The largest coral reef in the world, covering more than 132,973.5 square miles (344,400 square kilometers), has started showing signs of damage due to rising ocean temperatures. Vast regions have experienced coral bleaching – a condition where the coral turns white and is prone to mass death. A report by the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that around 93 percent has experienced bleaching to some degree.
Rhone Valley – France
The winemaking region has sprawling vineyards that are slowly being affected by increasing temperatures. In a profession where even a small degree change can cause differences in the produce, or even completely ruin it, a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences forecasts an 85 percent decrease in wine production in the combined Bordeaux, Rhone and Tuscany region.
Erratic rainfall and increasing desertification, accompanied by intense droughts, have pushed temperatures so high in the north African country that harvests are being ruined. Warming temperatures have rendered farmlands unsuitable and will continue to affect the country’s food security, according to a report published by the World Food Program and the UK Met Office. Gigantic dust storms called haboob (pictured) have also become more commonplace in recent years.
Lagos – Nigeria
The city is made up of a mainland and a series of islands that are all at risk of flooding with increasing sea levels. To prevent that, efforts are on to build an artificial mega city, named Eko Atlantic, on reclaimed land and then build a seawall. Researchers like environmental writer Martin Lukacs have named this “climate apartheid,” as the wall will push storm surges from more affluent locales to neighboring unprotected areas.
How much is a whale worth?
The benefits provided by great whales, including capturing carbon, make a powerful case for protecting them, according to economists.The world’s largest whales are more than mere evolutionary marvels. By sequestering carbon in the ocean, they can help humanity fight climate change—an ecosystem service that may be worth millions of dollars per whale, according to a new analysis by economists with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Key West – Florida, US
Floods during the Atlantic hurricane season have caused increasing damage in the archipelago. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates sea levels will rise 15 inches (38 centimeters) over the next 30 years, submerging many parts of the city.
Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
The coastal city is growing so quickly it has been unable to consider the harm it is causing to the ecosystem. With increased rainfall, it is increasingly prone to floods and downpours, causing $47.3 million worth of damages in just the area surrounding the Msimbazi River, according to the World Bank.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that elevated surface ocean temperatures during the 2016 El Niño led to a major coral die-off event in the Maldives. Further rise in temperatures due to global warming will only worsen the situation of the coral reefs, scientists warn.
Yamal Peninsula – Russia
In Russia’s far north, permafrost is melting as the weather has become increasingly unpredictable. Giant craters (pictured) are forming as frozen grounds start thawing. The winter season has shortened and unusually warm temperatures caused an outbreak of anthrax in 2016. “Such anomalous heat is rare for Yamal, and that’s probably a manifestation of climate change,” said Alexei Kokorin, head of WWF Russia’s climate and energy program.
The Arctic is warming at almost twice the global average with sea ice disappearing from the ecosystem. While this has made the waters more navigable through the Northwest Passage, it is also contributing to a rise in global sea level. In the future, this could make Arctic fisheries disappear and harm the coastline, according to the WWF.
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Abidjan – Ivory Coast
Situated along the Atlantic Coast, the city’s coastline, and specifically the harbor areas, are experiencing high erosion rates, according to news reports. The Ebrie lagoon has also become increasingly polluted and this has led to the loss of fisheries. Heavy and untimely rains are also threatening cocoa growers in the region.
Alaska – US
Over the last 150 years, snowfall in south-central Alaska has increased dramatically by 117 percent due to climate change, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Another report, by the Alaska Division of Public Health, states that additional diseases, lower air quality from more wildfires, melting permafrost, and disturbances to local food sources are some of the outcomes of climate change affecting the area.
A mild 2007 winter in the region allowed Asian tiger mosquitoes to breed and when a tourist returned from India with chikungunya, the mosquitoes became the carriers of the new disease. According to the WHO, this was the first European outbreak of a tropical disease. The localized epidemic was repeated in 2017. In a study that year, researchers at the University of Bayreuth reported the spread of the virus was facilitated by climate change and that the "risk of infection will continue to increase in many regions of the world through the end of the 21st century. If climate change continues unchecked, the virus could even spread to southern Europe and the U.S."
Mumbai – India
The changing monsoon season that has caused intense flooding in the economic capital over the past decades has been attributed to climate change in a report published by global development research resource Eldis. The World Bank found that changing rainfall patterns in India was one of many impacts of climate change. "An extremely wet monsoon that currently has a chance of occurring only once in 100 years is projected to occur every 10 years by the end of the century," according to the report.
Osaka – Japan
The 2.69 million people of the city have been battered by unseasonable typhoons and torrential rains that cause extensive floods. If temperatures continue to rise, the entire commercial region of Osaka could go under water by the 2070s, predict the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The Alps – Europe
One of the most famous skiing regions in the world, the Alps stretch across eight countries. Due to their low altitude, they have seen significant snow melt during shorter winter periods over the years. Around three percent of Alpine glacial ice is lost per year and experts from the University of Innsbruck in Austria believe the glaciers could disappear by 2050 if the melting continues.
Patagonia ice fields – Chile and Argentina
One of the largest ice fields in the world is receding at shockingly fast speeds. A Nature Geoscience paper found that accelerated melting ice fields account for nearly 10 percent of the global sea-level change from mountain glaciers. Over the last few years, dozens of glacier lakes have virtually disappeared.
Tuvalu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu
These Pacific island nations are slowly being submerged and, by 2100, many of the lower islands could be uninhabitable, news agencies have reported. The Pacific Climate Change Science Program study found Tuvalu (pictured) would not only see a rise in sea level but also more extreme rainfall and intense cyclones. Five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have already been lost, while another six are eroding quickly.
Glacier National Park – Montana, US
Once home to over 150 glaciers, Montana’s majestic park now has just about 26 left. Scientists, including those from the U.S. Geological Survey, believe rapid climate change could see that number shrink to zero between 2030 and 2080, which would not only leave the park without a glacier but also severely disrupt its ecosystem.
San Blas Islands – Panama
Flooding every rainy season is becoming a common event on the Caribbean island. The reefs around the area have been mined to build up the islands to prevent sinking, reported Reuters. A scientist from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute quoted in the report said, “It’s another example that climate change is here, and it’s here to stay.” The report also cites natives are prepared to relocate if the rise in sea level continues.
The major drivers are collective enterprises like power grids, industry, and transportation systems. Cutting back on flying while allowing cars and trucks to operate as usual is like drinking diet soda with a bacon double cheeseburger. Their benefit is negligible, and totally negated by the much, much larger problems that are going unchecked.
Fighting global warming takes systemic change, collective action, and cooperation (witting or not) among much larger populations, not just those motivated (and privileged) enough to make changes by themselves. © Reuters The Wahlenberg Glacier is seen in Oscar II land at Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway, August 5, 2019.
It takes legislation to shift the most carbon-intensive industries—energy production, transportation, and food production—who will not change on their own.
And it takes real solutions for China and India, who are rapidly approaching United States levels of resource consumption, and who have no intention of missing out on the benefits that Europe and the U.S. have enjoyed (itself an offensive, colonialist notion).
Let’s look at some of the numbers.
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Twenty-five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity generation. If you turn off the light when you leave the room, will that make a difference? Not at all. In the immediate term, excess electricity is dumped back into the grid. Nor, in the long term, will it even matter if everyone switched off their lights. Demand may go down a tiny bit, but only a tiny bit.
What would help? If power grids shifted from fossil fuels (coal, fracked gas, oil) to renewables like wind and solar. That’s how to move the needle on global warming: collective solutions to collective problems. But that takes collective action, government action, and serious plans for workers displaced by the changes.
To take a second example, transportation is responsible for another 14 percent of emissions. Does that mean you shouldn’t take your next vacation, as some well-intentioned writers have seriously suggested? Of course not. © Provided by The Daily Beast Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo Getty
First, commercial aircraft account for only 7 percent of transportation-related emissions. Passenger cars account for 42 percent, and all trucks 41 percent. The solutions in this area, obviously, are to increase fuel efficiency standards, charge a tax on high-emitting vehicles, stop regulating SUVs like cars when they’re really trucks, subsidize electric and hybrid vehicles, and use tax policies to incentivize local products to decrease the amount of trucking.
And what about the rest of the world? Is it reasonable to expect newly rich residents of China, India, and elsewhere to abstain from the air travel that Americans have enjoyed for decades? No, it’s colonialist. But without China and India, what is the point of this individual self-deprivation?
I could go on and on, but the point is the same every time. Individual actions are meaningless when collective actions aren’t taken. © Getty Aerial view of River erosion in Bangladesh on September 12, 2019.People who lost their belongings in river erosion takes shelter in shelter home now eroded again.Bangladesh has been a vulnerable state of climate crisis. In recent report Scientist says, By the end of the century, sea levels are expected to rise along the Bangladesh coastline by up to 1.5m.
Why do we do them, then?
Control and consolation. For those who understand the science, global warming is a terrifying reality. My daughter’s world will be so much worse than mine: half a billion climate refugees, ethno-nationalist backlashes to that unprecedented migration, global food disruptions, massive expenditures to mitigate the effects of flooding, crop shifts, extreme weather events. I have to do something, right?
Changing my individual behavior feels empowering, maybe even virtuous. The world may be going to hell, but I’m doing my part.
Indeed, the self-deprivation is part of the point. By making painful sacrifices, I feel like I’m making a difference.
Unfortunately, not only is this view false; it’s also profoundly counterproductive.
First, this kind of self-martyrdom detracts from the kind of change that’s actually needed. The environment doesn’t need martyrs; it needs pragmatic, committed activists. Every bit of energy I waste on ineffective, virtuous action is energy that should be spent on defeating Republicans, who, at least for now, are wholly in the thrall of the fossil fuel industry. With a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president, the United States could be making progress on global warming in 2021.
© Getty And incidentally, that would be true of any Democrat. The Green New Deal is an appealing slogan and a provocative program, but specific policies are a distant second, when it comes to global warming, to placing scientifically based realists in positions of power. The sole focus of anyone alarmed by global warming should be electing Democrats, of any ideological stripe, to federal and state government.
Second, the focus on individual behavior makes fighting global warming more controversial, while letting the actual entities causing of climate change off the hook. As Elizabeth Warren recently pointed out in an exchange on CNN, individual sacrifices—she mentioned straws, light bulbs, and cheeseburgers—“are exactly what the fossil fuel industry hopes we’re talking about.”
No one likes paper straws. If fighting global warming is about making annoying personal sacrifices, those who most need to be persuaded of climate change’s reality will instead turn away from it.
Meanwhile, Warren continued, 70 percent of U.S. global warming emissions come from three industries: fossil fuels, electric power, and construction. Shift the power grid to renewables, and you can use as many straws as you want. (Side-note: plastic straws pollute the oceans, not the atmosphere. It’s not even the same issue.)
Gallery: Countries that are running out of water (Photos)
With surging population, the world is facing an increasing demand for water. Rapidly urbanizing nations further strain the supply even as water waste continues. We take a look at some places around the world that are running short of water.
Central Asia’s largest nation has scarce amounts of water and around 50 percent of the population consumes poor quality drinking water that fails to meet international standards, according to a report by United Nations Development Program. Inefficient agricultural practices have worsened the situation as crop yield continues to go down without a decrease in the amount of water consumed. The region’s largest lake, the Aral Sea (pictured), has also been rapidly shrinking, impacting the region’s fresh water supply.
A huge gap between the demand and supply of water and its deteriorating quality have led to widespread shortages in the country. Groundwater reserves are dwindling, and due to the absence of proper sanitation and wastewater management systems, bodies of water are getting polluted by industrial and urban waste.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), due to droughts and climate change, water supply is expected to be reduced 23 percent from 2021 to 2050.
A decrease in rainfall has been observed in the country over the years, leading to groundwater and rivers not getting adequately replenished. The eastern part of the country faces frequent droughts. Most of the water is currently used for irrigation and that consumption is also predicted to increase.
The ongoing civil war has adversely affected the country’s water situation, with various reports stating the capital Sana’a may run out of water as soon as 2023. Only 40 percent of the households in the city are connected to the municipal water supply and they get water only about twice a week. The country doesn’t harvest rainwater and is facing groundwater depletion.
According to surveys, the cost of water in the country has gone up 30 percent in the last decade due to a shortage of groundwater. Jordan is the third driest country in the world and much of the country’s water network is aging. The influx of Syrian refugees in the country has worsened the situation. Presently, the government is planning to dig seven new wells, to reach a deep aquifer that contains fossil water from 10,000 to 30,000 years ago.
A soaring population has added to the already prevalent water shortage in Iran due to its arid, desert environment. Droughts are an annual occurrence and there is a lack of storage dams. Poor wastewater management is further polluting the sparse water resources. Lake Urmia (pictured), once the largest lake in the region, has also shrunk to 10 percent of its size because of dams, increasing the salinity of the lake.
In a 2015 report, Singapore ranked first among the nations at the highest risk of water stress in 2040. The demand for water far exceeds its natural supply, and it currently depends on Malaysia for import. With investments in technology and water management, the country plans to become self-sufficient in the near future.
Despite being home to 6,500 glaciers and around 2,000 lakes, Kyrgyzstan still faces water shortages due to the poor maintenance of its Soviet-era plumbing and water supply systems. In addition, the rural population – with its higher dependence on water-intensive activities like agriculture – is greater than the urban one.
A large part of the country gets water only for a few hours daily, with many resorting to bottled water and tankers for their daily needs, according to a report by the World bank. The water available is perceived to be of poor quality. The country has mismanaged its water resources, with thousands of illegal groundwater wells dug in many areas.
Increasing population, limited rainfall and falling groundwater levels have increased an arid Oman’s water woes. The country has several desalination plants supplying potable water, but they are failing to meet the rising demand.
The country doesn’t have a single perennial source of water and started taxing residents for the resource. Saudi Arabia also has one of the highest levels of per capita water consumption in the world, which is around 90 percent higher than the global average, as per a report by the country’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation.
Due to overuse and poor resource management, water level in the Sea of Galilee – the country’s main water source – is decreasing, according to researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Fresh water supplies have been diminished with agriculture use and flow diversion.
Unavailability of water resources, Jordan River’s diversion and mismanagement, and the conflict with Israel are some root causes behind Palestine’s water crisis. The problem is further exacerbated during times of strife when water pipelines can get shelled and damaged. According to experts, the 2017 water deal between Israel and Palestine has failed to address the understanding of water as a shared resource and may lead to Israel tightening control over water supplied to Palestine.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has one of the highest per capita consumption of water in the world. Some experts believe that it will completely run out of natural freshwater in the next 50 years. Relying on desalinated water, treated waste water and ground water, it is one of the least water-secure countries. The nation is now investing in cloud seeding technology to increase the rainfall.
With one of the world’s lowest levels of rainfall, Qatar faces the immense challenge of looking for an alternative source of freshwater. Their per capita use of water is twice the average consumption in the European Union and their population is expected to grow nearly eightfold by 2050.
The desert country relies on desalination plants for its water in the absence of rivers and lakes. It is dependent solely on groundwater and the meager rainfall, meaning the country has almost no internally renewable source of groundwater.
The country has experienced dramatic population growth due to the improving economy in the past few decades. With nearly 89 percent of the population urbanized as of 2017, it puts more pressure on water resources. The only source is the erratic rainfall that replenishes the groundwater.
Every carbon offset bought by a well-meaning liberal is another get-out-of-jail free card for the oil industry. It shifts the blame from the actual causes of climate change to fake ones, and shifts attention away from meaningful actions to meaningless, psychological ones.
Now, collective change is hard. It requires progressives to do things like compromise, persuade, and engage with the 28 percent of Americans who describe themselves as “cautious” or “disengaged” about climate change, rather than isolate themselves into cozy bubbles where everyone uses canvas bags. It requires latte-sipping liberals like me to empathize with people who really like eating meat and driving cars and work to adapt climate solutions to their life choices, instead of being contemptuous of them. Most of all, it requires pragmatism over utopianism, to which many progressives are almost congenitally allergic.
But the planet does not have time for our preferences.
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