«Aiding oil, harming the climate» is a new report from the organisation "Oil Change International", which shows dramatically that the major investments still go into the oil, gas and coal sector instead of renewable energies. For more than 25 years, wealthy countries have been using aid and other foreign assistance to subsidize the expansion of the international oil industry, a practice known as “Oil Aid”. It is impossible to actively subsidize the expansion of the oil industry and effectively fight global warming at
the same time.
There is no doubt any more: In order to mitigate global warming, the
emission of greenhouse gases must be reduced, the sooner the better.
This will then lead to a stabilization of the greenhouse gas
concentration in the atmosphere – and in the very long term hopefully
to a decrease of its concentration.The level at which the greenhouse gas concentration gets stabilized does determine the warming effect, i.e. the temperature increase.
following graph shows the relation between the greenhouse gas
concentration (expressed as CO2-equivalents) and the resulting average
global temperature increase on the surface.
Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that
many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes,
particularly temperature increases. Warming of the climate system is
undeniable, as is now evident from observations of increases in global
average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice,
and rising global average sea level.
The following is an excerpt and summary of the 4th report from the Intergovernmental panel of Climate change (IPCC) about the causes and effects of global warming.
A further IPCC report on predicted effects of climate change by geographical regions (Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, North America, Polar regions, small islands) has been released in November 2007. This report does confirm the cause and effects of climate change, which have already been know for years. They also basically confirm their projections about likely regional effects of global warming in their report of April 2007.
This article tries to answer a question about the greenhouse effect:
"Greenhouse gases prevent the infrared rays from leaving the Earth’s
atmosphere, but why do they not prevent additional solar radiation from
entering the atmosphere?"
The key is the different wavelength (or different frequency) of
solar light and infrared light. Let’s have a look at the greenhouse
effect (see also the graph about radion transmitted by atmosphere
for shipping goods has never been as low as now. However, the choice of
the means of transportation does severely influence the amount of CO2
emitted for the transportation of goods.
Fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes release over six
billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year. The
consequences of these greenhouse gas emissions are often discussed in
terms of rising global temperatures, but global warming is not the only
threat from increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide
(CO2). Ocean acidification, which occurs when CO2 in the atmosphere
reacts with water to create carbonic acid, has already increased ocean
acidity by 30 percent.
Although the chemistry of this effect is well understood and not much
debated, the full consequences of ocean acidification for marine
ecosystems and human well-being are only beginning to be revealed.
Life processes are fuelled by carbon compounds which are oxidized to CO2 (carbon dioxide), the latter is exhaled by all animals and plants. Conversely, CO2 is assimilated by plants during photosynthesis to build new carbon compounds. See also this comment about photosynthesis and global warming.
The attached Excel sheet can be used to calculate both CO2 emissions as
well as primary energy requirements for the following activities:
- Heating with oil, gas, coal, wood, solar energy or heat pumps
- Electricity consumption. The actual mix of power generation
(coal, oil, natural gas, wood, nuclear energy, hydro energy, solar
energy, wind, geothermal or waste) is taken into consideration.
- Travelling by car for diesel and petrol fuelled cars. Either
by actual fuel consumption or by distance and average fuel consumption.
- Travelling by bus (kilometres or miles)
- Travelling by train (kilometres or miles)