350: We Should All Know About It

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Actions for the climate change should not end with Blog Action Day last October 15. It should be the start of the call for the change.

October is almost over. That also means, December is coming. And so is the convention at Copenhagen. This is when the world’s leaders will meet for a new climate treaty following the Kyoto Protocol that is near expiry.

350.org made October 24 the International Day of Climate Action. People all over the world have already organized actions for this day. This is already becoming a huge global event. This is all for the support of the most important number in the world: 350.

We need to make 350 a number known across the planet. This will exert some pressure on this world leaders to make a decision that will work best for our planet and for us. This pressure is needed as the fossil fuel industry is the big force that might hinder this drive towards 350.

So why 350? What is the significance of 350?

Scientists say that it is the safe limit of part per million of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. And guess what? We are already way past that.

We are almost at 400 ppm and this is not good. This is not able to kill our planet immediately but if we do not get back to the safe zone, and fast!, the planet will be more at risk of dying. We have gone to the danger zone as we have poured too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – from our home systems, cars, industries, and a lot more. Signs of big trouble are already very evident – huge ice caps melting, glaciers cracking, strong typhoons. We don’t want that.

How do we get back to 350?

We need an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions fast. The United Nations is working on a treaty, which is supposed to be completed in December of 2009 at a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. But the current plans for the treaty are much too weak to get us back to safety. This treaty needs to put a high enough price on carbon that we stop using so much. It also needs to make sure that poor countries are ensured a fair chance to develop.

We are hoping that this December, world leaders will make the right decision for us to be able to preserve the only home we know.

Global warming or global cooling?!

After reading a few articles on global warming and the environment, I came to ask this question. It is similar to the title of one of the articles I’ve read.

I’ve leanrt that the notion of a  global climate change is on question. Some are saying that the climate research is not totally accurater and we might not be really experiencing a global warming – we might actually be experiencing a global cooling.

While the global ice caps are melting, suggesting a global warming, some countries are freezing, suggesting a global cooling. Debates about the climate change are existent.

There was this Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3–14 June 1992.* This was to reduce the use of some greenhouse gases and two more gases. Scientists state that these gases are the ones worsening our climate. But some people counters this notion and states that we can do nothing about this global warming and this might actually be a case of global cooling.

My question is which side is right? Is there really a global warming or a global cooling?

2008 ozone hole larger than 2007’s hole

Maybe, I can say, “Not surprising…” Given all that we’ve been doing to our Earth. Nothing new. Nothing new. But I still believe we can do something ’bout it…

PARIS (UPI) — The European Space Agency says scientists have determined the 2008 ozone hole is larger than last year’s ozone hole but smaller than the 2006 hole.

“This year the area of the thinned ozone layer over the South Pole reached about 27 million square kilometers, compared to 25 million square kilometers in 2007 and a record ozone hole extension of 29 million square kilometers in 2006, which is about the size of the North American continent,” the ESA said.

Scientists said the depletion of ozone is caused by extremely cold temperatures at high altitude and the presence of ozone-destructing gases such as chlorine and bromine, originating from man-made products like chlorofluorocarbons, which were phased out under the 1987 Montreal Protocol but linger in the atmosphere.

Julian Meyer-Arnek of the German Aerospace Center which monitors the hole annually, said since the polar vortex remained undisturbed for a long period, the 2008 ozone hole has become one of the largest ever observed.

The annual analysis is based on data provided by instruments aboard the ESA’s Envisat, ERS2 and MetOp satellites.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 10-09-2008

that “global warming” thing…

Could’ve posted this yesterday – Earth Day. Not ‘coz it was Earth Day but because I kinda “cooked” this up yesterday. Didn’t have a chance. Major blackout. About 6hrs or so. Watched “Signos” last night ’til very early this morning. T’was worth it. It made sense. Very informative – though it would have been better if they’d aired it on an earlier time and not at 11pm. So much for the rants.

What I actually want to say is that this SUCKS! Big time! I mean, did the problem really have to be this big before those who know can make a move? Information is a big, usually useful thing. Why’s it that those guys are making a better move just now? They should have seen it! This problem has been existing for years now. If those people wanted to help, they should’ve done more. I mean, it was obvious that their campaigns were not working well and they should have changed it for the better. What were they waiting for? Facts of deaths and disasters? Figures of how many people have died because of it’s effects? That’s totally weird!

Here’s the deal, I’m not blaming anybody here, ‘coz I know I, too, could have done better, but I’m just trying to state my point. And it’s true. Environment advocates never really campaigned for Mother Earth like the way they’re campaigning now. If they were moving better years ago, or just people, whoever, everyone getting cautious for their every move thinking that this might destroy our planet, I bet the problem would never be this bad. If information have been spread years ago, even since the Industrial Revolution started, this place would have been better.

But as they say it’s never too late. We can never revert this, ‘coz as experts say, global warming is irreversible, but we can still do something not to make it worse, right? Every little thing makes a difference. HUGE. We can all help.

Call me nature freak or whatever, I don’t care! I just don’t wanna live in an oven, that would have been a literal living hell, and neither do I want to live underwater! (Do you?)

P.S.This is one of the few times that my blog makes sense…