AFLOAT IN THE ATMOSPHERE – part 2, and more (CO2)
On average, each person in Canada, Australia, and the United States creates the worlds highest global greenhouse gas emissions.
If you look historically over the past 100 hundred years, the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions have been created by the world’s wealthiest countries.
This graph shows total overall annual emissions for different countries in 2013…
Poor people are the most vulnerable to climate change events like extreme drought, more severe typhoons and heavy floods.
They have done the least to create global climate change.
The Channel Islands National Park is afloat amidst the haze of Southern California…
Clouds are also afloat over the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Seattle (below). The worlds fragile biosphere and ecosystems are being harmed by more and more Canadian exports of fossil fuel.
A few days ago, April 15th, an oil spill occurred in Vancouver’s English Bay. Although it is relatively small (2,700 litres), the spill underlines the environmental threats due to our increasing energy dependencies.
Canada’s Parliament led by Prime Minister Steven Harper supports further tar sands extraction and more oil & gas pipelines. He and his government are opposed to any real or meaningful reductions of our greenhouse gas emissions.
Since 1880, global emissions have caused an average temperature increase of 1.4 degree Celsius to the planet. Although this doesn’t seem like much, overall this increase is creating havoc with the air steams and ocean currents that create weather.
This Tuesday, April 14th, Canada’s Premiers (without Harper) are meeting in Quebec City to discuss plans for climate action…
Meanwhile at the federal level in Ottawa (across the river, below)
the clouds hang low over Harper…
The Scientific Consensus:
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
“On the one hand, you have the entire scientific community, and on the other you have a handful of people, most of them crackpots.”
Lord Robert May, former President of the Royal Society