CLIMATE CHANGE

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Climate Change

According to Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, Climate Change is now well understood to be a major national-security issue and a source of stress on a number of the underlying causes of conflict, drought, floods, food shortages, water scarcity. All of these drive increased human insecurity, poverty, and can contribute to conflict.

Years Living Dangerously is a series produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, that focuses on Climate Change, one of today’s most important debated topics around the world.

In this series, you can witness firsthand accounts from people who have been affected by the occurrence, guided by a team of famous personalities from the entertainment and news industries that become correspondents traveling around the world to report on effects of global warming and what people are doing to find solutions for it.

Droughts & Wars

We all know that is where is drought, s poverty, hunger, poor governance, reprising policies, it may make the tinder in the box more readily ignitable. In other words, if a drought is bad enough, it can help push and already stress society, to the breaking point.

Deforestation & Palm Oil

Fire is the cheapest way to clear a forest. So it can be replaced by palm trees, for palm oil. This palm plantations might look lush, but they take the place of a dense jungle that were storing carbon for hundreds of years. The palm trees will only grow for 25 years, before being cut and burned down again, releasing their carbon into the atmosphere. BUt even that is not the worst of it, in Borneo in one of the Indonesia’s many islands, the most remarkable and precious thing about this jungle is on the ground, a thick layer of compressed, decaying vegetation called peat. Many Indonesian forests seat on peat, and peat is full of carbon. Ten times more than a regular forest. Peats fires are almost impossible to extinguished, realising all of that stored carbon into the atmosphere, almost a billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The palm oil industry is controlled by big corporations, that is why it its most vital to read the ingredients labels before buying any product. The palm oil industry is linked to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuse. Crisis that at the end affect us all. Extinction is happening and by buying the wrong products we are participating in the business of our own extinction.

 

READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT PALM OIL BY vox.com

48 HOURS THAT CHANGED THE FUTURE OF RAINFORESTS

“In the last 10 years, palm oil has found its way into just about every processed food and cosmetics product you can imagine. Foodmakers found it was a good replacement for trans fats, and they could use it as a non-GMO alternative to soybean oil. It’s also burned as fuel.

The world’s hunger for palm oil has driven farmers to clear an area the size of Taiwan. All this cutting has pushed Sumatran tigers and orangutans to the edge of extinction, along with hundreds of less-charismatic species. Sometimes human inhabitants of the forest have been exploited by corrupt plantation owners. A significant portion of the jungle covers bogs, where centuries’ worth of fallen leaves and branches have built up to form a sodden mat of peat. With the trees gone and the water drained, this peat dries out and frequently catches fire, releasing megatons of greenhouse gases. We’re turning these giant, soggy carbon sinks into a parched landscape where smoke seeps out of the earth from deep underground fires.” READ MORE

DON’T GAMBLE WITH OUR CLIMATE FUTURE

MIT News article, May 13, 2015. During a Compton Lecture, Mario Molina, a Mexican Nobel laureate debunks three climate change myths, suggests reframing risks: Don’t gamble with our climate future.

“Noted atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Mario J. Molina called for rational thinking about climate science and the risks of global climate change, as well as better communication about what experts know, in Monday’s Compton Lecture at MIT.
“We have a responsibility toward future generations,” Molina told a standing-room-only audience in Wong Auditorium. “We need to leave them … an environment where they can have a standard of living at least as good as the one we have now.”
Molina, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, sought to debunk three common myths about climate change. Drawing on his decades of work in climate science — including 14 years on the MIT faculty — he also commented on possible strategies for climate action, while sounding the alarm that continuing business as usual is likely to lead to a climate catastrophe.” READ MORE

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