Global Warming Or Global Warning

globe.jpgFor some people, the dancing bear on the street might be an entertaining sight but the gory fact is that these bears are mercilessly mutilated when they are barely one-year-old. … So, next time, you see a dancing bear, think of the pain and cruelty, it has to endure. …

The above fact, among other issues, is being taken care of by Shelley Vishwajeet who publishes Voice Greenglobe magazine.

Its inaugural issue, just in my hands, besides reporting that Jamshedpur is the only city in India which has an ISO-14001 certification, has an exclusive interview with (now nobel laureate) Rajendra K Pachauri – Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who tells the journal: “… I have learnt over the years that you have to keep talking about an issue if you believe in it. You have to keep voicing your concerns and at some stage, it will start having an impact and the government will also start taking it seriously. It may not happen initially. … these are the challenges in democracy.”

Shelley Vishwajeet Earthcare Foundation
Shelley Vishwajeet

To a question on the foremost holdup for a cleaner world, Pachauri says: “Major impediments are that we dump our pollutants in somebody else’s backyard.”

I wish Shelley’s concerns, as voiced in his new venture, were echoed in the mountainous Indonesia Island – Bali, where a UN summit is presently considering how to cut greenhouse gas emissions after current Kyoto Protocol targets expire in 2012.

Reports say demonstrations are also taking place in at least 50 cities across the world to coincide with this UN climate change talks in Bali.

But, as global leaders discuss the earth’s rising temperature in Bali and marchers press for strong climate change laws, no single country – rich or poor – has enough motivation or the political will to confront global problems. Look what Shelley has to say to this: “This magazine would not have happened but for total commitment and hardest of work from colleagues at Voice Greenglobe, and beliefs of some special people in this project as well as academics and experts, who trusted a new magazine with their articles and encouraged us to go ahead.” In the maiden issue, he has also written a detailed piece on The Politics of Global Warming.

For global warming please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming while Kyoto Protocol can be accessed at http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php

7 comments

  1. The largest living structures on Earth and the millions of livelihoods which depend upon them are at risk, the most definitive review yet of the impact of rising carbon emissions on coral reefs has concluded.

    If world leaders do not immediately engage in a race against time to save the Earth’s coral reefs, these vital ecosystems will not survive the global warming and acidification predicted for later this century.That is the conclusion of a group of marine scientists from around the world in a major new study published in the journal Science.

    “It’s vital that the public understands that the lack of sustainability in the world’s carbon emissions is causing the rapid loss of coral reefs, the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem,” says Drew Harvell, Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and head of the Coral Disease Research Team, which is part of the international Coral Reef Targeted Research (CRTR) group that wrote the new study.

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  2. Hey, did you hear UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issuing the global rallying cry at the Bali talks!

    “Climate change is the defining challenge of our age. The science is clear; climate change is happening, the impact is real. The time to act is now,” he told delegates from all over the world.

    Nice words, isn’t it? But will they translate into action?

    The cornerstone of this new round of talks is the drive by the UN to convince developed countries to commit to cuts of 25-40% from 1990 levels by 2020. But with the US refusing to agree any binding cuts, the UN Secretary General admitted the current goals might be too ambitious to include in the final Bali statement.

    Nida Khan

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  3. Sir,

    The greenhouse effect is the natural process by which the atmosphere traps some of the Sun’s energy, warming the Earth enough to support life. Most mainstream scientists believe a human-driven increase in “greenhouse gases” is increasing the effect artificially. These gases include carbon dioxide, emitted by fossil fuel burning and deforestation, and methane, released from rice paddies and landfill sites. Here is the BBC site which carries an interesting animation.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/sci_nat/04/climate_change/html/greenhouse.stm

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