Climate Change: A major Global Threat

Curriculum vitae   Isidoros Karderinis was born in Athens in 1967. He is a novelist, poet and columnist. He has studied economics and has completed postgraduate studies in the tourism economy. His articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and sites worldwide. His poems have been translated into English, French and Spanish and published in poetry anthologies, in literary magazines and literary sections of newspapers. He has published seven poetry books and three novels. His books have been published in USA, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.   Email: skarderinis@hotmail.gr               Facebook: Karderinis Isidoros Twitter: isidoros Karderinis

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The climate change, that is, the change of the global climate and in particular the changes in meteorological conditions that extend on a large time scale, is a major global existential threat.

The greenhouse effect causes the increase of temperature of the planet primarily due to the tremendous increase in carbon dioxide, which has increased by 35% since the beginning of the industrial revolution. And of course the lion’s share in pollution of the atmosphere with 50% of all carbon dioxide have Europe and North America. All other countries together are responsible for the other half, while the poorest countries are the least responsible. However, the people who live in these countries it is they who will suffer more strongly of the consequences.

The causes of climate change are mainly identified in combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gasoline, natural gas, etc.) which account for 50% of total emissions, in the production and use of synthetic chemicals, in disaster of forest areas which contributes to the production of additional gases in the atmosphere and of course to the greenhouse effect by 15% and in conventional agriculture and livestock farming, which account for 15% of emissions.

The expert scientists knock the danger bell and warn that if there is no urgent global coordinated action by political leaders, governments, industries and citizens around the world, the temperature of the planet is likely to rise above 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels by 2060 and the increase could even reach 5°C by the end of the twenty-first century, fact that will make the lives of future generations problematic.

Such an increase in the temperature of our planet will have a devastating impact on nature, bringing about irreversible changes in many ecosystems and consequent loss of biodiversity, that is, all living organisms and species that make up life on the planet, that is, animals, birds, fish and plants (fauna and flora). Many species are expected to disappear from areas that will be directly and severely affected by climate change.

Today, compared to 1850 -from when recording data began- a temperature increase of 1.1°C is observed. So, it is vital importance, the increase not to exceed 1.5°C, because as scientists estimate, beyond this crucial point there will be no way back.

The climate change, however, which is due to human activities, is a tangible ominous reality and is already adversely affecting our planet. The sectors responsible for the production of greenhouse gases are primarily the sector of energy produce (units of production of electrical power, refineries) but also industrial activities, the modern means of transport (cars, airplanes, etc.) and the activities of the primary production sector.

So, the extreme weather events, uncontrolled fires in forests such as the Amazon that have been characterized as the “lung” of the planet, the heat waves, the heavy rainfall, the prolonged droughts that create serious eating problems in the affected areas of the planet, the very powerful hurricanes, are becoming constantly more often and more intensively, costing tens of thousands of lives every year and causing huge disasters.

The ice at the same time and snow on the poles are melting, with the Arctic being the biggest victim to date, and the world average sea level goes up, as a result to be caused floods and erosion on coasts and lowland coastal areas and to be created environmental refugees. If this unfavorable development continues, areas such as the Netherlands and Venice will be at risk of being permanently lost under the sea waters as new Atlantis.

The climate change also increases existing diseases worldwide but also creates new ones, and can also lead to premature death. Too many diseases are particularly sensitive to temperature change. To them included communicable diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, encephalitis and dengue fever, but also eating disorders, mental illnesses, cardiovascular diseases as well as respiratory diseases.

The climate change will also have negative impacts on the economies of the countries given the fact that the high temperatures undermine the productivity of most sectors of the economy, from the agricultural sector to processing. Valid scientists predict that by the end of the century, global GDP will have fallen by 7.22% from what it would have been without climate change.

The teenager Swedish activist against climate change, Greta Thunberg, has managed in the most vigorous and loud way to pass the debate over this huge problem, by the heads of state and government and public dialogue, in society and in the companies of friends, mobilizing millions of people around the world, especially young people, who began to demonstrate demanding by governments the immediate taking of measures for the confrontation of climate change.

So, Swedish MPs rightly suggested her for the Nobel Peace Prize. And of course Greta Thunberg has big right when she says that the measures are being taken to reduce greenhouse gases and, above all, carbon dioxide are not sufficient.

So, what are the appropriate measures to be taken without delay to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and keep the temperature at + 1.5°C?

The basic policies for resolutely mitigating of the problem consist in promoting and utilizing renewable energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, etc.), the enhancing energy efficiency, the drastic reduction of the exploitation of oil and gas deposits and the imposition of carbon taxes in order that to limit the use of fossil fuels and thereby to reduce significantly carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050 at the latest, the rapid reduction of emissions of methane, carbon black and other short-lived pollutants that burden the climate, the restoration and protection of ecosystems and, above all, forests.

The Paris Agreement, the first universal, legally binding agreement for the climate, entered into force in 2016 with great optimism and manifest ambitions, despite the official US departure statement, which are one of the biggest polluters. Four years have passed since then and there are no substantial results, fact which raises serious questions as to whether there is really the political will to tackle this particularly threatening global problem.

 In closing, I would like to emphasize that the effects of climate change will be so dramatic that human civilization will be in danger to collapse as a paper tower. So, in the face of this extremely dangerous climate crisis, the citizens around the world should increase their mobilization even further and the political leaders to finally stand up at the height of the circumstances and take immediately the necessary drastic measures, before it is too late, to reverse this unsustainable course and save the planet.

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  • The expert scientists knock the danger bell and warn that if there is no urgent global coordinated action by political leaders, governments, industries and citizens around the world, the temperature of the planet is likely to rise above 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels by 2060 and the increase could even reach 5°C by the end of the twenty-first century, fact that will make the lives of future generations problematic.

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    Did you know it is now predicted we are on the verge of an ice age due to a reduction in sunspot activity?

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  • PM Mottley was on world stages talking up a storm about global change while pointing fingers at world leaders
    Barbados has a mirage of problems that contribute to global change e.g the landfill and the bridgetown and South Coast Sewage plants
    The landfill which bellows large fumes of gases and pollutants in the air not to mention the billions of air borne bacteria along with dangerous toxins with seeped into the soil and into our waterways and eventually flow from household taps
    As of now (all) talk heard from govt is to plant a million trees which can easily be destroyed during hurricane season
    Also to build a park in the heart of the capital in an area where the flow of traffic is horrendous and airflow from automobiles and other form of transportation creates an environment for toxic gases

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  • “Climate Change: A major Global Threat”… A BULLOCKS ATTEMPT AT SCAREMONGERING, WITH LIE AFTER LIE…

    GLOBAL WARMING’S 50 YEARS OF FRAUD

    The theory for those pushing the green new deal or some other radical energy policy that will destroy tens of millions of jobs and greatly harm the poor and middle class is that humans, CO2, and fossil fuels cause warming and climate change. This warming causes the ice to melt in Alaska, then the melting ice causes sea levels to rise and the rising sea levels will cause coastal cities to under water.

    THEY HAVE PREDICTED THE COASTAL CITIES TO DISAPPEAR FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS AND THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG FOR 100 YEARS.

    Meanwhile, Alaska has been exceptionally cold for the last few months. As a nerd who knows that the people pushing the garbage theory of humans causing climate change IS BASED ON A SERIES OF LIES, I LOOK AT ACTUAL DATA.

    January 2020 was the 15th coldest January on record in Fairbanks Alaska. At negative 27 degrees. it was over 13 degrees below average this year. Obviously, the ice will be thickening faster than average and is not going to be gone as predicted.

    Here is a small sample of predictions and fear articles over the years.

    1922-Article by AP in Washington Post and elsewhere saying icecaps were melting, oceans were dying, and coastal cities would disappear.

    1970-First Earth Day. We were scared with articles that billions would die soon from catastrophic cooling.

    1975-Newsweek-Doom and gloom article called “The Cooling World”

    1989-Back to warming. The UN essentially repeated the warnings from 1922 article and said we only had ten years to solve the problem.

    2008-ABC ran fear story saying much of Miami and New York City would be under water by 2015.

    2019- The UN again repeated the same warnings from 1922 and 1989 and again we have only ten years left.

    How did the Earth cool so much from 1945 to 1976 that we got warnings of catastrophic cooling if rising CO2, humans and fossil fuels cause warming? The answer is there is no correlation between CO2, population, fossil fuel use and temperature.

    Humans can’t control the temperature of the sun, tilt of the sun, solar activity, distance the Earth is from the sun, daily rotation of the Earth, annual orbit of the Earth, high tides, low tides, the Jetstream, El Nino, or La Nina but we are told that if we give politicians and bureaucrats trillions of dollars they can control the sea level, temperature and sea levels forever. Does that make sense?

    A CLEAR INDICATION THAT THE THEORY THAT FOSSIL FUELS, RISING CO2 AND HUMANS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING OR CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX OR A SERIES OF LIES IS THAT THE GLOBE HAD A SIGNIFICANT COOLING PERIOD FROM 1945 TO 1976. IT COOLED SO MUCH THAT IT WAS PREDICTED ON THE FIRST EARTH DAY IN 1970 THAT WE WERE HAVING A DISASTROUS COOLING PERIOD WHERE BILLIONS WOULD DIE FROM STARVATION.

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  • The so called enviromentalist in barbados are so politically attached that at the height of the landfill fires
    Not one had a need openly to protest with a stern message for closure
    But then again we are are nation once described as punching above its weight
    However it seems more as if the weight of truthfulness hinder our ability to face facts
    Landfills on fire
    Sewage pumped in the ocean
    Does any one really care
    Correction only if change of any kind affects the tourist dollar
    So sad

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  • @ John February 12, 2020 3:21 AM
    “Did you know it is now predicted we are on the verge of an ice age due to a reduction in sunspot activity?”
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    And what a paradox of contrast that would lead to!!

    Imagine an orb of extremely hot summers and very cold winters.

    But you can always ask your Yahweh to save the ‘pale-skin’ sorry donkeys by looking into the face of the Sun and remove those spots.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ John at 3:21 AM

    I always suspected that Miller’s Sun god was more vindictive than Jaweh. I am glad your scientists confirmed this. LoL !! .

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    Warming will also cause the continuing growth of Sargassum weed in the Caribbean which has already impacted our fisheries,

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  • Only in Barbados would people close eyes to impending disasters which will have a colossal effect on the way of live
    Sewage in the sea which will affect the eco system and eventually create an avalanche
    of negative effect involving climate change
    Not to mention how our environment reacts to our mishandling of our waste

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  • BESIDES BEING LIED TO FOR AROUND 100 YEARS THAT COASTAL CITIES WOULD SOON DISAPPEAR, THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN LIED TO THAT WE WERE RUNNING OUT OF OIL FOR OVER 100 YEARS.

    For a long time, we were told that we needed alternatives like wind and solar because of these lies. Now that it is known that there is plenty of fossil fuels to last a long time and that we are always finding more, we are told the lie that fossil fuels are causing climate change, warming and are destroying the planet.

    We’ve Been Incorrectly Predicting Peak Oil For Over a Century

    The public has been continuously lied to that droughts are longer and more severe than ever when historical data and the number of deserts worldwide clearly shows that is not true.

    We have also been told that floods are more severe and worse than ever when historical data and the fact that so much of the Earth is covered with water shows that to be demonstrably false.

    How many times have we been told the lie that the warming is unprecedented when historical data shows that the Earth has gone through many long-term warming and cooling periods including several ice ages. A little ice age ended around 1850 so a little warming today would be normal.

    Sea levels have always risen and fallen and according to estimates there has been only a small rise since the advent of fossil fuels but we get continuous predictions of impending disasters.

    To scare the children, we repeatedly have been told that tens of thousands of species are dying out each year because of humans and fossil fuels.

    They have repeatedly been told that polar bears are dying because of humans, fossil fuels and climate change when the population of polar bears has increased substantially the last seventy years and they were dying because of hunting, not climate change.

    Meanwhile, the actual number of identified species, including many no one has heard of, that have gone extinct since 1900 is 477 or four per year. The truth obviously isn’t important when pushing an agenda.

    WHY IS THERE SO LITTLE CONCERN BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS ABOUT HOW MUCH LAND SOLAR AND WIND FARMS USE AND HOW MUCH WILDLIFE THEY KILL?

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  • Why is it that there is an increase in the number of polar bears? Google increase in polar bears in the artic.

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  • Any oyyou BU bloggers felt this?

    An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale was recorded to the south of Barbados this morning.

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/243876/morning-quake-south-coast

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  • Some people have MIa aka President in their head morning noon and night.

    https://uwitv.us14.list-manage.com/

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  • You are right David
    Mia is the President and is the CEO of the country by which all questions pertaining to barbados socially economically and environmentally must be pressed upon her for answers
    BTW since u seem to be her press secretary
    Can you say if there is any truth in a story making social media that three of the brand new spanking garbage trucks are inoperable and awaiting parts to be fixed
    All which is relevant to having a clean and healthy environment
    Although yes i say although the the land fill debacle should take a higher priority since the fires can be devastating to peoples health
    Also within the near future when the death of the land fill occurs the question which would most be asked by all and sundry where will govt find the landscape far out of residential areas to dump the tons of garbage collected daily
    The good news if (any) would be that people would not have to deal with the bellows of toxins from burning tires and other household particles
    The bad news the tons of garbage having no place to be dispose (of)would become a part of barbados landscape producing tons of airborne bacteria in the atmosphere

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  • AS THE PREDICTIONS OVER THE YEARS HAVE BEEN 100% WRONG THE FUTURE PREDICTIONS ALWAYS GET MORE EXTREME. WE GO FROM GLOBAL WARMING TO CLIMATE CHANGE TO CLIMATE CATASTROPHE AND CLIMATE COLLAPSE AND WE REPEATEDLY ONLY HAVE A FEW YEARS LEFT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE SOLUTION IS ALWAYS TO TRANSFER MORE POWER AND MONEY TO THE GOVERNMENT ALONG WITH RELINQUISHING OUR FREEDOM AND WAY OF LIFE. The solution for almost all Democrat policies is more money and power to the government.

    We have the environmentalists seeking to control CO2, a clear, innocuous non-pollutant gas while advocating for the massive use of lithium, a flammable pollutant. How will they dispose of all those flammable batteries?

    As the predictions have been so wrong, journalists and other Democrats seek to shut those of us who tell the truth that the climate has always changed naturally. We are called liars, deniers, stupid and anti-science. IT IS THE FEAR MONGERS WHO REFUSE TO DEBATE AND LOOK AT ACTUAL HISTORICAL SCIENTIFIC DATA.

    One of the biggest frauds of all time was when East Anglia University manipulated temperature data to hide a medieval warming period. That would have exposed their lies about human caused global warming and they didn’t want their money spicket turned off. This fraud is much more detrimental to the world than anything we have ever seen.

    Yet journalists and other Democrats didn’t give a damn about the fraud as they continue to hide the truth from the public because they also like the money train.

    Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation

    Dr Jones is also a key part of the closely knit group of American and British scientists responsible for promoting that picture of world temperatures conveyed by Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” graph which 10 years ago turned climate history on its head by showing that, after 1,000 years of decline, global temperatures have recently shot up to their highest level in recorded history.

    Given star billing by the IPCC, not least for the way it appeared to eliminate the long-accepted Mediaeval Warm Period when temperatures were higher they are today, the graph became the central icon of the entire man-made global warming movement.

    AL GORE AND MANY OTHERS HAVE USED THE LIES TO GREATLY ENRICH THEMSELVES. Many of the people pushing the lies ride around in private jets and live in mansions while lecturing the rest of us that we are destroying the planet.

    I EXCUSE GRETA THUNBERG AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THEIR IGNORANCE ON SCIENCE BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED AND LIED TO FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIVES. There is no excuse for journalists, entertainers, Michael Bloomberg, President Obama, the Clintons, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren et al for just repeating talking points in order to enrich the government and harm the rest of us.

    INDOCTRINATION IS A DANGEROUS THING AND JOURNALISTS HAVE BEEN MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS TO THE INDOCTRINATION.

    PESKY FACTS GETTING IN THE WAY OF HER AGENDA! 😂

    “FACTS CAN BE SUCH “PESKY” THINGS.”- Dawn Bates

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  • https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/many-polar-bears-left-world-200553658.html

    The salient question is WHY are they increasing. The answer would be – due to serious efforts on the part of conservationists.

    if the ice melts their habitat shrinks, i think. That usually means that the population will decrease.

    But to be fair –

    https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/questions/why-does-water-expand-when-it-freezes. It would seem as though ice takes up more space than liquid water and therefore that alone would not cause sea levels to rise. I don’t know what other factors there are that could cause this change.

    Seems to me that if it is the trees that process carbon dioxide and trees are being cut down while we put more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, all other things being equal there will be more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. What is the effect of this imbalance? I don’t know.

    Just a few thoughts from a layperson. Not an expert and so I’m not sure what to make of it all.

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    This stunning mini-documentary reveals why eliminating carbon dioxide would WIPE OUT humanity, all plants, all animals and nearly every ecosystem on the planet.

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    Carbon Dioxide “pollutant” DEBUNKED!

    This rational, science-based explanation completely DEBUNKS the false “climate change” narrative on carbon dioxide.

    https://www.brighteon.com/5820620279001

    IS GLOBAL WARMING A SCAM? – David Icke | London Real

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Donna at 7 :22 PM

    The experts “do not know what to make of it at all”either. The difference is that they are flying kites in the hope that an answer will drop out of the sky like manna. Nature moves in cycles in order to refresh itself. It is arrogance on the part of man to assume he can outwit Nature.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington February 12, 2020 7:34 PM

    Well said VC! Spoken like a true pagan!

    The only blank space left to be filled in is whether Mother Nature is the handmaiden of Papa Yahweh or Father Sun.

    People ought to stop saying that they are doing things to “Save the Planet”.
    Instead they ought to be doing things to save the species called homo sapiens; not the planet which existed millions of years before the arrival of homo erectus and whose other life-forms have withstood asteroids, global volcanic eruptions and floods.

    Maybe Apophis will pass so close to put mankind in his place to no longer have dominion over the earth!

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  • The Barbados government could approve Solar Energy projects and reduce the duties and taxes on Electric powered vehicles before the next elections.

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  • WHAT’S POWERING THE ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATION? A DIESEL GENERATOR

    BUREAUCRACY AT ITS FINEST!

    6-7 HOURS TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR… HOW ARE BARBADIANS EXPECTED TO PAY FOR THIS? BEFORE ANY READER SAYS “BUT WHY WOULDN’T YOU GO SOLAR?” CALCULATE THE COST!

    Let us Consider for a moment the Pie of all the Petroleum that is imported into the island as a 100%. Right now when they are talking about replacing electricity by PV how much of that Pie comes from the BL&P? If I had to guess, I would say Light and Power uses about 35% of that Pie, Vehicles would use about 55%, and other fuels and oils would make up the Balance 0f the 10 %. When this talk first started of using PV there was only talk of the 35% now the talk is about the 90% it could never be a 100% because Planes do not fly on electricity. Therefore, the BL&P not only has to produce electricity for the 35% but also with the addition of all vehicles BL&P now has to produce nearly three times the electricity than it does presently.

    Not only they have to produce it but also they have no Infrastructure to deliver three times the Electricity. They do not have the Power Lines, they do not have the Transformers and at that time, we will be paying more than DOUBLE the Electricity than we are paying now and that is only to start. I do not see any type of construction equipment working on electricity so we will never be a 100% and if they say so, they are lying, if not Construction will cease. I for one do not want to pay Double for my Electricity because Mia says so. We elected her to Restore Barbados and she is setting about to Bury Bajans by Doubling the Price of Electricity just to start. CAN SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY PLEASE COMMIT TO TELL US WHAT THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY WILL BE?

    All I know is that Electric vehicles cost more initially and your Roof Top will not have enough space for the PV, for the House and Cars thereby causing you to pay double and more for the cost of electricity, when PV is the Supplier of Electricity from the BL&P…

    The Largest Ad agency in the world bigger than FB and all the Macon Erickson’s added together is Google. The Largest Property Rental Company in the world does not own any properties (BNB). The Largest Retailer in the world does not have a Store or does it have any Stock (Ali Baba). The same method is used to shift the burden of the cost to upfront cost with the introduction of PV and Electrical Vehicles. They rethink how they do things where you the Consumer pay and Not the supplier. What it means is that you will pay more upfront than anyone else, meaning that your Debt Burden at the Bank for the Car and PV goes up and the Institutional Debt Burden goes down.

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  • THE IN-DEPTH STORY BEHIND A CLIMATE FRAUD

    Dr. John Robson investigates the unsound origins and fundamental inaccuracy, even dishonesty, of the claim that 97% of scientists, or “the world’s scientists”, or something agree that climate change is man-made, urgent and dangerous.

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  • An interesting discussion on VoB on the subject matter.

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  • I hope the panel take barbados to task for their contribution to climate change and call on govt to with haste find solutions to those areas where barbados is mostly responsible like in the area of landfills

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