Climate Warnings against Economic Development

by gregpdesrosiers on April 18, 2014 - 10:39am

In the article "Climate change warning grows colder" by Stephen Ewart, published on the Calgary Herald on April 8, 2014, the UN Intergovernmental Panel has made a clear warning, in its latest report, that there is little time left to take action, and reduce the use of fossil fuels, before it is too late to reverse the effects of climate change. There are more severe consequences taking over in our world than there is to fix and prevent.

Exxon Mobil states that the practices to be put forward by government, particularly policies and constraints, will not be strong enough to change energy sources around the world, because fossil fuels are vital to economic development.

The panel says that climate change is affecting all continents, with serious consequences including melting glaciers, the damage to farmers' crops, and a higher chance of poverty. Several goals have been set by the UN, but Exxon says that even if climate change needs to be addressed, there is still a complete issue surrounding both environmental protection and economy. Therefore, they say that the pressure imposed by the government will not be enough to use other sources of fuel than crude oil.

The president of the panel urges governments to seek new ways to change on how we satisfy our energy needs, and the documentation of global warming has made the people produce more pledges on the government instead of oil corporations.

So far, public opinion provides evidence that most Canadians take climate change very seriously, yet there still needs to be some time to figure out on how to work out the situation, and who will be involved financially.

To spread awareness more effectively, and to demonstrate the overpower Mother Nature has when affected by climate change, the UN plans to document actual experiences of natural disasters as a consequence to global warming, such as the Alberta flooding in June 2013.

What should be improved, as indicated in this article, is not only the address of the consequences of global warming, but also on how to improve the public judgment on this issue in order to impose motivation. Clearly, there has to be extreme emphasis on this issue, but the major problem we have is, we first underestimate the consequences of this phenomenon, and two, we are so attached to the current sources of energy that the only way to change is to create governmental petitions.

Essentially, there has to be a spread, from public opinion, about how global warming will have a serious impact in all fields around the world, even if it does lead to serious consequences with our economy, our finances, and how we manage our daily routines. Still, we must emphasize that environmental concern is our biggest worry, and thus we need some help in having some economy protection as we transit from fossil fuel to another valuable source of energy.


Greg -
You are exactly right. I could not agree more. I'm actually currently taking an environmental studies class, and this is among the topics
we discuss. The nations of this planet must take a stand before it is too late. Already we have seen rising levels of coastal regions, lakes and
rivers worldwide. I have seen and studied numerous maps, charts and graphs of the results which suggest this data. In fact, some scientists
predict that by the end of this century, if current trends continue, the eastern U.S. states of Florida and Louisiana will become completely submerged. The Carolina's, Georgia and Mississippi will be submerged by one-third. We've already seen overwhelming evidence of this globally in severe weather patterns of frequent hurricanes, tsunami's and flooding.That is, if pollution of waterways continues, runoff into streams, rivers and lakes from deforestation continues, and especially, continued burning of fossil fuels. We must find alternate sources of energy to power our cars and heat our homes. This can't continue. In a book on this subject we recently read, "Field notes from a catastrophe: man, nature and climate change," Elizabeth Kolbert (2006) mentions a study conducted by Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky. He studied the effects of melting permafrost in Alaska and Northern Canada near the Chukchi Sea. As we know the Arctic ice glaciers are melting at an exponential rate. I'm glad that someone like you has brought attention to this serious issue. These current trends must stop, but yet the "Business as usual" corporate attitude continues.

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