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It's getting hot out there! This group is for everyone concerned about global warming and who wants to learn and discuss everything there is about climate change - its causes, effects and solutions.


Science and Tech
  1. What's new in this club
  2. A recently published study in the scientific journal Nature has found that the extremely warm temperatures that we have experienced across modern-day Europe and North America are unprecedented in the past 11,000 years. Yes, you read that right. In 11,000 years our little blue planet hasn't experienced a similar extreme rise in temperatures. And it's us humans that are causing it. That's all kinds of crazy when you actually think about it. ThinkProgress writes: This also means that we have ended the era of stable climate that enabled the development of our modern civilization. Without a relatively stable climate, our civilization probably wouldn't have advanced as far and as fast as it actually did - and without a stable climate we also probably wouldn't have been able to create a global agriculture system that is capable of sustaining billions of people. Thanks to a stable climate we were able to successfully settle along rivers and near seas - places that were most suited for living and farming - without having to worry about rising sea levels, extreme and frequent storms, tornadoes, and other catastrophic natural disasters. So just imagine for a second how bleak our future will look like without a stable climate. Luckily we still have time to stop the worst effects of climate change, but only if we act aggressively to change our unsustainable lifestyle and economic system - now.
  3. I got fascinated with the news that it is possible to remove CO2 from the air and what's more, it can be turned into clean fuel! Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft, has put up a company with some partners and called it Carbon Engineering located at Squamish B.C. Apparently, they already had positive results on this "Air to Fuels" or A2F and are now trying to apply it on an industrial scale. They estimated that this technology could produce fuels for less than $1/litre. Image: Carbon Engineering But then, critics argues that this is just a quick fix and could be catastrophic as they're tinkering with the Earth's climate system (have you watched the movie Geostorm?). It's like curing only the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause. They said that the solution is just common-sense: Article: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/sorry-bill-gates-billionaires-quick-fixes-wont-solve-climate-change If Bill Gates' solution becomes successful, that would be really great. I hope that in the process of this experiment, it will not add more damage to our planet as feared by the critics.
  4. Oh lord. We can only hope that this horrible mistake doesn't happen again. His win was by a very small margin in the three states which put him over the edge in electoral college votes (Hillary won the popular vote). That said, the democratic party is notoriously bad at picking candidates.
  5. Scientists warned today that the ozone layer is not recovering. While the ozone hole over Antarctica has been closing, the ozone layer that protects people from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is actually declining along the equator, where billions of people live. The Guardian writes: Ozone layer not recovering over populated areas, scientists warn What is causing this decline in the ozone layer is still unclear, but scientists speculate that climate change could be one explanation: Another explanation could be industrial chemicals, but more research is needed before we can draw any conclusions.
  6. The republican party in the US are known to dispute global warming claims. Donald Trump, being an extreme right winger from that party, obviously would not support the Paris Agreement. Not to mention he's inclination to side with big industry players. I'm not an US citizen, but I am affected by this, so all I can hope for is for this guy not to be re-elected for his 2nd term.
  7. Yeah, it's strange, the US experienced several natural disasters last year, like hurricane Harvey and the destructive wildfires in California, which was made more severe due to climate change. I think it's because it is so much easier to just stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is fine. Taking action against climate change means we must change our lifestyle as well as getting rid of our current destructive economic system. And because we didn't act earlier we now need to take drastic actions and completely change our way of life in just a small timeframe, and that won't be painless.
  8. It really breaks my heart to see those photos of Polar Bears who are so thin because of starvation. And the worst feeling is that we are the one who is responsible for what's happening on them. Due to commercialization and urbanization, we've been damaging our ozone layer too much. People are less concerned about nature and just wanted to earn money from it. How I wish we could be all more compassionate on our planet earth and consider the thought that we are not the only one who is living on this planet.
  9. It is heartbreaking to know that we humans are killing innocent animals. This is mainly because there are no food available in the ocean and they are forced to eat anything around even garbages. It is a proof that global warming is truely happening. It is really amazing to watch the ice meltdown in the coldest part if the world without us knowing how it would badly affect other living things around. I think it is not yet late and ee can still do something about it to save the environment on our own little ways.
  10. No one wanted to be under the heat of the scrotching sun. There are still some people to who do not believe in climate change. They think this is just a natural thing. I am not sure why some doesn’t seem to be bothered about this. The goverment should help raise awareness about global warming and educate people on how we can battle this.
  11. That is true. We are not doing enough to save the environment. Everybody wanted to park their cars under a shade of a tree but no one is willing to plant a tree. Climate change is a global crisis that each and everyone has to battle. Planting would be of big help in solving this issue. Cutting trees must be stopped. It is an important issue that our world leaders should concerned about. I hope the powerful and influencial people would help us save the environment by promoting and raising awareness of this crisis we are facing and how everyone can help in their own little ways.
  12. Climate change has been one of the major issues these days. If we lose the habitat of the fishes which is the coral reef then that means that we will be losing fishes in the ocean and many fisherman would lose their job as well. Imagine there might not be fresh fishes to be served on our tables in future due to this. Going to the beach in the future would surely not be as fun as it is unfortunately.
  13. It is really sad to know. Not just because we may not have chocolate in the future but because climate change has a lot of negative effect to everyone. We all must do something about it or else many living things would die due to climate change. Let us promote and patronize environment friendly products and stop using anything that would be harmful to the environment. We are the ones who live in this world so who elso would take good care of it? No one but us. We can start by doing simple things like segregating our garbages and reduce reuse and recycle waste. At the end of the day the future of our environment is at our hands and its future would reflect on how we take good care of it in the present.
  14. That's really said. I like chocolate, however, I can go without chocolates. I am a coffee fan and I cannot go without coffee. If coffee becomes extinct, ti will cost the human civilization. By the way, not just coffee and chocolate, food production is also dropping because of climate change.
  15. We don't have sea here, ours is a landlocked country. However, we have the Himalayas here and melting Himalayas is our one of the primary concerns regarding climate change. Due to the rise in the temperature, Himalayas are being ripped off snow, the rivers that run from the Himalayas are drying, the Himalayas based lakes are drying and this is causing a great problem in the country.
  16. I think 2017 was a hot year, however, I did not know it was the second hottest year in the human history. Does anyone know when was the first hottest year in the human history and what was the recorded temperature? The rise in the temperature is man-made. Human beings are emitting greenhouse gases and these gases are increasing temperature. However, the temperature rise can also be a natural phenomenon.
  17. Greenhouse gas is one of the reasons for the temperature rise. When the temperature rises, water resources will begin to dry, there will be less rainfall and there will be drought. One of the ways to tackle this problem is by cutting greenhouse gas emission. Another way is by planting trees. When we plant trees, these trees will consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
  18. I don't know how many climate change disputers are. Some people just want to be stubborn. One educated person I know does not believe in it, and looks for evidence to the contrary. However, I think no one knows for sure what will happen with the climate. I have read more than one report that we will be having an Ice Age by 2030..so, climate change may play out a little differently than what everyone thinks.
  19. There is a frightening amount of people in the general population of the US that do not believe in climate change. There's been this false intellectualizing of climate change denial, where deniers now hold themselves up as "questioning the status quo" and "not believing just any old 'fake news'". There are so many people cheering Donald Trump's climate denial. I do think there are a lot of citizens who will say they are proud that we are refusing to sign. The strangest part is, there are already communities in the US, even in NEW YORK CITY where rising water is causing constant flooding and property damage, but in a lot of these communities (lower income/blue collar) the people deny human influence on climate change. Lack of education and anti-intellectualism has created a huge problem in this country and I'm not sure we're going to dig ourselves out any time soon.
  20. These pictures are devastating. I fear that as the bears start to encroach on human settlements more and more, searching for garbage/pets to eat, they will be end up being vilified. Polar bears are extremely dangerous, it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt and the narrative shifts.
  21. A new study shows that polar bears are starving because of the melting of sea ice caused by climate change. National Geographic writes: Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows Polar bears are dependent on seals. They hunt and kill the seals when they come up to the surface through holes in the sea ice to breathe. And for polar bears, this is the only really successful method of hunting. That's why the melting of the sea ice in the Arctic is threatening the very survival of polar bears. So you can imagine what happens to them when the sea ice declines. The farther the polar bears have to walk or swim the more weight they'll lose. This will eventually lead to them losing muscle mass which will further negatively affect their hunting, and so a devastating downward spiral is started. This is what happens to them:
  22. 2017 has passed and climate scientists have now concluded - just like their climate models predicted based on Nasa data - that last year was the second-hottest year in recorded human history. And 2017 was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event. The Guardian writes: We are now seeing how human-caused climate change is breaking temperature records year after year, with no slowing down in sight. And, as many parts of the world experienced last year, global warming is making extreme weather events more common and causing human suffering on a large and destructive scale. And yet, world leaders (and, let's be honest, us voters) aren't doing enough to stop or mitigate this climate crisis. The USA and the Trump administration even began withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, a weak (but our only) climate agreement that is far from enough to combat this global crisis. The judgment of future generations on the criminal negligence of this generation (of leaders) will surely be harsh.
  23. According to a new study, published by the journal Nature Climate Change, our planet will start to experience "serious drought and desertification" by 2050 if we fail to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets made by the Paris climate agreement. Newsweek reports: The researchers conclude that the only solution to stop this desertification of Earth is to limit and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions: The Paris climate agreement might be weak, insufficient and without any legal requirements to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions - but it's the only agreement we have and the only (for now) viable way to collectively come together and fight climate change. But for that to work, we need the biggest polluters onboard - and the US is one of those. But the USA is the only nation in the world that has not signed the Paris climate agreement, and Trump has numerous times declared that he doesn't believe in climate change and he has repeatedly shown that he misunderstands basic facts of climate change. Does the USA really want to be remembered as the ones who blocked global efforts to mitigate the dangerous effects of climate change?
  24. More bad news for our climate and future: in 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded - and they are just getting warmer. The top five years on record in terms of ocean heat has all taken place since 2013. This increased heat in our oceans will result in rising sea levels and: We need to take drastic actions - now - to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to avert the worst effects.
  25. Did you know that climate change threatens both chocolate and coffee? Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years due to climate change. The warmer temperatures and drier weather, from man-made climate change, will hit cacao plants so hard that they, according to experts, could disappear by as early as 2050. And climate change will have similar severe effects on the world’s coffee supply. Maybe this will get the attention of the general population?
  26. You usually hear the phrase that we're all responsible for climate change and that it's a global problem and all that. But is that really true? Are we all equally responsible for climate change? Of course not. A report, released by British charity Oxfam in 2015, clearly shows how unequal this responsibility really is. According to the report, the world's richest 10 percent produce half of the greenhouse gas emissions that's causing this climate crisis. Meanwhile, the poorest half only contribute a mere 10 percent of emissions. And let's be real here, not much has happened over the course of two years to change this unequal division. And this is not about individuals, either, it's about developing and developed nations, the South versus the North. And of course it's not all black and white. The rich, and developed countries, have a historic responsibility to make deeper cuts than poorer developing countries, and to take the lead in the fight against climate change. After all, they have the most to cut and can best afford to forgo "development". That's climate justice.

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