Global warming is a debate that has been going on for two centuries now and the next climate summit will pave the way for how we will act in the years to come. The next summit is going to take place in Paris and, hopefully, we will learn how to counter climate change before it is too late. At the same time, the event is viewed with skepticism by others since not much is expected from it.
Everything became complicated 50 years ago, on November the 5th 1965, when President Johnson received a worrying report from his advisory committee that “man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment”. It became clear that the planet was heating up even in those days and scientists said that things would not end will if the same trend continued until 2000.
Here we are, 15 years later, and matters are as they were foretold. Back in 1965 researchers said that the planet’s temperature would go up by a good number of degrees and the carbon dioxide level would be higher than ever. The results? The planet’s temperature did grow. Not by much: only 0.8 degrees Celsius. But this is not good news.
Human kind has been heavily relying on machinery that pollutes the very air we breathe. It is for the sake of mass production and comfort. You cannot have 100 people pushing one small business line because you are not going to make profit and you are not going to generate enough goods for many people. So machines are the way and they have been the way for nearly two centuries.
But the issues persists. Slowly, but surely, ticking like a time bomb, climate change is going to strike us harder than ever in one day and we need to figure out how to stop it, make it better or, in the worst case, be vigilant and figure out how we are going to deal with it. Droughts, heat waves and floods are stronger now than they have ever been and the northern ice shelves are expected to melt drastically.
We need to learn how to counter climate change and we need to learn how to do so fast. It is no longer an issue that we can leave for another time. The planet is getting warmer, food is harder to produce and the population is harder to sustain. We cannot make predictions for the following 50 years anymore. We need to make them for the following 5 years.
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