UN COP CONFERENCES of the PARTIES
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MELT DOWN - Human activities are releasing nearly 10 Gegatons of Carbon (about 36 Billion tons of CO2) into the atmosphere every year, driving atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 400 parts per million (ppm) from their pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm. This increase in CO2 and other greenhouse gases concentrations traps additional energy in the earth's climate system.
Despite some of the best brains and consistent advice from the scientific community the Climate Change conferences organized by the United Nations have been unable to halt warming of the planet on a global scale.
This series of negotiations started in 1991.
CLIMATE CHANGE - The United Nations' climate summit talks are known as COP (= Conference Of the Parties). During these discussions action for climate policy is negotiated with each country fighting for points in a global economic struggle. Nobody wants to give ground, except that every party agrees in principle that they need to make concessions - otherwise, with deaths from heat exhaustion and strokes, eventually, there will be nothing to argue about. We will all be dead.
In December 2018 the 24th climate summit took place in Katowice. Poland. Before the event started, 50 high profile companies published an open letter to the UN calling for more action to curb climate change. Although a bold move, nothing much happened. Then in 2019 Greta Thunberg began her school strikes. Extinction Rebellion also moved to action.
SOLUTIONS: SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Government aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt policies to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures. We need an end to local empire building kleptocrats.
So far with over twenty-four years of haggling the arctic ice is still melting - and faster than ever. No wonder so many high profile people and corporations are worried. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from 1992. The UNFCCC objective is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system".
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