Posted by: Dave Neads | March 3, 2008

It is Unavoidable

Last week I was fortunate enough to be asked by World Wild Life Fund International to attend a week-long conference on climate change hosted in San Francisco. There were 160 people from all over the globe representing 30 counties and a myriad of projects, ideas and strategies for fighting global warming.

The science is clear. We are experiencing a shift in climate that is primarily caused by human activity. The bottom line is that if we don’t make some radical changes in the way we use our natural resources, we will experience an overall rise in global temperatures exceeding 2 degrees celsius in the next three decades.

Even if we were to level off emissions today, there is enough CO2 and other gasses in the atmosphere to cause a rise of nearly 2 degrees C by 2040.

It is unavoidable.

The 2 degree C threshold is a tipping point, that if exceeded, will be catastrophic for all species, including our own.

In light of this realization, WWF has taken the bold step of introducing a global campaign for dealing with this problem.

There are two prongs to the initiative. The first is called ‘Mitigation’ which, simply put, means finding ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions immediately.

The second is called ‘Adaptation’ which looks at what can we do to provide biodiversity with enough room to survive the coming warming so that maximum number of species can survive.

All is not doom and gloom; there are ways we can make significant progress in these two areas, but we need to act quickly and in concert. Over the course of the week several projects and innovative strategies were developed which will go a long way to solving the problem.

The topic is far too complex to cover here, but I suggest you visit:

http://stephenschneider.stanford.edu/Climate/ClimateFrameset.html


When the prodceedings become available, I will post the links.


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