Land, Forest, Cement, & Fuel !

Posted on January 10, 2014
Location: London
Land, Forest, Cement, & Fuel !

We experiencing rise in temperature, regular heat-waves, change in rain/snow pattern, increase in droughts/wild-fires, change in animal migration/life cycle, changes in plant life cycles, warmer oceans, rise in sea level, stronger storms, and many of those things which were different a decade or two ago! Why?

Why because;  the temperature is rising, the air is becoming warmer. More moisture evaporates from land and water into the atmosphere. More moisture in the air generally gives us more downpours or snow (called precipitation) which is what happening recently. But the problem is this extra precipitation is not distributed evenly around the globe! Some places get less precipitation than they used to get and some places get it excess all in sudden.

Contrary to our belief; on average, the world is already getting more precipitation now than it did 100 years ago: 6 percent more in the United States and nearly 2 percent more worldwide. It is a good thing in theory, if it was distributed evenly but it is not. The effects are different in different regions. S cientists believe precipitation is expected to increase in higher latitudes and decrease in areas closer to the Equator. That is more or less correct as we see mercury is rising in India, while it is getting cooler/wetter in the United Kingdom or United States.

Both excess water and shortage of water, can be a problem. In many places, people depend on rain and snowmelts to fill lakes and rivers, which become the source of their domestic use, drinking water, agriculture use and other purposes. At the same time, excess water can cause flooding as well.

While Global warming is also causing changes in the precipitation pattern globally; this is one such cause which can be controlled /need to be controlled . Scientific understanding of the cause of global warming has been increasing. In its fourth assessment (AR4 2007) of the relevant scientific literature, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that scientists were more than 90% certain that most of global warming was being caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities.

In 2010 above finding was recognized by the national science academies of all major industrialized nations. Affirming these findings in 2013, IPCC said that the largest driver of global warming is carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion , cement production , and land use changes such as deforestation . In their 2013 report, it was said that: Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, for the rise in sea level, and in changes in some climate extremes. This evidence for human influence has grown since AR4. It is extremely likely (95-100%) that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.

Increase in land use, Increase in cement production, Increase in fuel combustion and deforestation; can be all linked to similar objectives i.e.  OUR HUMANLY PLEASURE. We convert the lands into houses, roads, recreational centres, shopping malls, business districts, stadiums, industries etc etc, for which we require more cement production/use and increase in deforestation and fuel combustion . But the question is: are we using natural resources to our absolute necessity or for our pleasure/excess/fun, out of confusion. Any excess need to be cut-down IS THE CALL!!! That decision/action we need to take now and together for survival of this generation and future.

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