Is climate change real?
Currently, anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and consequently their atmospheric concentrations, are the highest in history. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are unprecedented, at least, in the last 800,000 years.
Heatwaves, floods, droughts, bad harvests, episodes of intense rainfall, the decrease in extremely cold temperatures, fires, increases in health risks, the movement of terrestrial species to the poles, the acidification of the oceans, the change in phenological patterns are just some of the impacts attributed to climate change.
Source: UN environment Report
Unfortunately, it is the human being who is most responsible for this disturbing scenario. The industrialization, driven by economic and demographic growth since the pre-industrial era, has taken the planet to a point of no return.
According to a report by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change of Spain, until the middle of this century, the global temperature of the planet will increase following the same trend, regardless of the scenario of emission or concentration of gases produced.
This situation is due to the emissions made in the past and it is defined as “the era of compromised climate change”, an era in which the risks of global warming can only be mitigated and addressed through various socio-economic adaptation responses.
The future of the planet during the second half of the century, defined as “the era of climate options”, will depend on today’s actions. The inexorable negative effects can be drastically reduced by limiting the speed and magnitude of the process, through urgent measures. It is easy to understand how the lack of urgent actions at present will cause irreversible damage to the planet.
· Risk of death, injury, deterioration of health and alteration of livelihoods, due to sea-level rise, coastal flooding and storm surge affecting low coastal areas, small island developing states and other small islands.
· Risk of serious damage due to deterioration of health and alteration of livelihoods in large urban populations of some regions, due to continental flooding.
· Systemic risks, due to extreme weather events, which cause the degradation of critical infrastructure, networks and services, such as electricity, water supply, health and emergency response services.
· Risk of mortality and morbidity during periods of extreme heat, particularly for vulnerable urban populations and those who work outdoors in urban or rural areas.
· Risk of insecurity and food supply failures, linked to warming, drought, floods and rainfall variability and extremes, especially for the poorest populations in urban and rural settings.
· Risk of loss of livelihoods and income, due to lack of access to drinking water and irrigation water and reduced agricultural productivity, particularly for farmers and ranchers with minimal capital in semi-arid rural regions.
· Risk of loss of marine and coastal ecosystems, biodiversity and the goods, functions, services and livelihoods they provide, especially for the fishing communities in the tropics and the Arctic.
· Risk of loss of continental terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity and the goods, functions, services and livelihoods they provide.
Why is it important to take action?
If we want the 9 million people who will inhabit the Earth in 2050 to have real-life expectations, we must focus our efforts on the immediate present to limit CO2 emissions to zero. Aware of the unprecedented risks of climate change, governments are implementing adaptive strategies, such as investing in advanced technological tools aiming at energy efficiency.
The transition to a sustainable energy model is no longer an option. In the range of renewable energy, solar energy, also due to the reduction in technological costs and subsidies of governments, is leading the transition to a clean, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy system. In fact, the global accumulated solar photovoltaic capacity installed amounted to around 509.3 gigawatts in 2018, compared to less than 2.6 gigawatts in 2003.
Photovoltaic energy positively contributes to a cleaner and safer world.
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