Academics, Our World UN

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DIRTY ENERGY, DIRTY TACTICS
Stephen Leahy Inter Press Service (2014.11.06)

For decades humanity has pumped hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas.

Measurements show there is now 42 percent more CO2 in the atmosphere than 100 years ago. It is long-established science that CO2 acts as blanket, keeping the planet warm by trapping some of the sun’s heat. Each year our emissions of CO2 is making that blanket thicker, trapping more heat.

That fossil-fuel CO2 blanket has raised global temperatures 0.85C. It would far hotter if not for the oceans absorbing 95 percent of the extra heat trapped by the blanket. But the oceans won’t help us for much longer. 2014 will be the warmest year on record.

I have trouble understand how people can say that this phenomenon is not happening. Climate change used to be considered as an ideology. It is just facts now. More and more people will die in climate change disasters. The decisions we’re taking today are impacting what will happen in… 50 to 70 years. Cutting our emissions today will not prevent the temperature to rise for the next few decades. We’re late, very late.

But again, emissions are not the only bad guys. The whole issue is still the way we consume, this uncomfortable truth that underlies all our problems.

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어반자카파 (Urban Zakapa) – 야야야 (Ya Ya Ya) [High School : Love On OST]

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