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Time to Retreat from Precipice

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children – a Native American Proverb

Hello friends, the COP26 meetims are going on in Glasgow, England. Where world leaders have congregated to chalk out plans to reverse global warming by aceiving net zero emissions. I found my earlier article quite relevant to share it again with you. Please do have a read.

The sixth assessment report was released by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The stark reality of disastrous effect of global warming and climate change is there for everyone to ponder upon. According to the report, humans have heated the planet roughly by 1.1°C since 19th century largely by burning coal, oil and gas for energy. And the consequences can be felt across the globe. This summer alone, blistering heat waves have killed hundreds of people in the US and Canada, unprecedented floods have devastated Germany and China and wildfires have raged out of human control in Siberia,Turkey, Greece and California, America.

Even if nations started sharply cutting emissions today, total global warming to rise around 1.5°C within the next two decades, making a hotter future more than inevitable. But if nations fail, the global average temperatures will keep rising – potentially passing 2, 3 or 4°C compared with pre industrial era. That eventuality might prove devastating for the life to survive on earth.

The ten biggest emitters of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming are China, US, EU, India, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Iran and Canada. Though all is not lost and humanity can bounce back by the coordinated and sincere effort among themselves to stop adding more and reducing the existing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The prescription is a rapid shift away from fossil fuel as well as removing vast amount of carbon dioxide from the air. Some feasible options which can be adopted by the countries in varied degee are:

  1. Switching to green hydrogen ( production of hydrogen gas by electrolysis of water with no carbon dioxide as bi product)as analternative fuel for coal based industries : Indian government has asked the refineries and fertilizer industries to gradually switch over to green hydrogen as fuel.
  1. Developing green hydrogen as the fuel to run automobiles. The production of green hydrogen must be made cost-effective and more prevalent.
  1. Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage(CCUS): This a very viable method of achieving net zero emissions. In this method the carbon dioxide produced by cement, steel, fertilizer industries and refineries must be captured, stored and utilized.
  2. For example Alkali Chemical and Fertilizers Limited, functioning in Tuticorin since 2016, has been operating world’s first industrial scale carbon capture and utilization plant near Chennai. Which is able to convert the captured and stored carbon dioxide into soda ash, an ingredient found in commercial household products. This technology must be adopted by all countries on emergency basis.
  1. Waste to Energy (WtE ) or Energy from Waste (EfW) : This is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity or heat, from the primary treatment of wastes. WtE is the form of energy recovery by generating electricity by combustion or produce combustible fuels, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuel which are non polluting fuels too!
  1. Emphasis on producing more renewable energy like solar, wind, tidal or geothermal etc. The governments must make the solar panels and other necessary equipment more widely and cheaply available to increase their use by more and more people and companies.

Friends, a revolution of awareness towards sustainable living is taking place across the world. The message must be spread far and wide, so that majority of the industry, responsible for producing carbon footprints, mend their erring ways. Implementing the corrective measures is the need of the hour and the humanity owe it to the generations to come.

Stay happy and safe. Adieu for now.

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Published by MousumiSays

An ardent crusader to make the world a better and safer place to live in. Likes to remind the mankind their basic instinct of resilience in the face of adversity.

46 thoughts on “Time to Retreat from Precipice

    1. Situation needs immediate action. The industrialists and public sector alike must take steps to curb the global warming, before it’s too late. Some positive steps are beimg taken, it must be comprehensive and all abiding to get good result.

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      1. To date, there clearly has been discouragingly insufficient political courage and will to properly act upon the cause-and-effect of manmade global warming thus climate change. (Neo)liberals and conservatives everywhere appear overly preoccupied with vociferously criticizing one another for their relatively trivial politics and diverting attention away from the planet’s greatest polluters, where it should and needs to be sharply focused. (Albeit, it seems to be conservatives who especially don’t mind liberally polluting our planet.)
        Far too many people still recklessly behave as though throwing non-biodegradable garbage down a dark chute, or pollutants emitted out of exhaust and drainage pipes, or spewed from sky-high jet engines and very tall smoke stacks — or even the largest contamination events — can somehow be safely absorbed into the air, sea, and land (i.e. out of sight, out of mind); like we’re inconsequentially dispensing of that waste into a black-hole singularity, in which it’s compressed into literal nothing.
        For dangerously too long, collective human existence has been analogous to a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely societally represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line. Many of them further fight over to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie and how much they should have to pay for it — all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined, owned and operated by (besides the wealthiest passengers) the fossil fuel industry, is on fire and toxifying at locations not normally investigated.
        But I believe there’s still hope, mostly due to environmentally conscious and active young people, especially those who are approaching/reaching voting age. In contrast, the dinosaur electorate who have been voting into high office consecutive mass-pollution promoting or complicit/complacent governments for decades are gradually dying and making way for voters who fully support a healthy Earth thus populace.

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      2. Every political dispensation have to realise the direness of the situation. No matter which party they belong to, they must unite and show determination to take bold steps and legislate policies to curtail fossil fuel and disposing hazardous wastes in systemic manner. Passing the buck wuold not going to serve anybody’ s cause.

        All must work towards leaving a good legacy for the generations to come.

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    1. Some positive steps are being taken but need of the hour is consistency and sincerity on the part of every stake holder. The money they are amassing by exploitation of nature, would be of no use if there no sustainable environment to live.

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    1. There should be a systematic campaign of naming and shaming the polluting industries in our respective localities. Cleaner fuel is very essential to reduce global warming. Thanks for reading, Shweta🌸❤️

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      1. Regardless of which political party, our (Canada’s) federal governments consistently prop the already profitable fossil fuel industry. In 2019, Canada’s Liberal government gave the fossil fuel sector 12-fold the subsidization it allocated towards renewable energy innovation. Actually, such lopsided bad-cause subsidization greatly favoring Big Fossil Fuel occurs every budget year, more or less. This is on top of agreeing to triple the diluted bitumen pipeline-flow westward through B.C., which means increasing the oil freighter traffic seven-fold through pristine whale-bearing waters.

        It has a solid foundation when even our mainstream print news-media formally
        support Canada’s industry. Postmedia (which, except for The Toronto Star, owns Canada’s major print publications) is on record as being allied with not only the planet’s second most polluting forms of “energy” (i.e. fossil fuel), but also the most polluting/dirtiest of crude oils — bitumen
        [Source: “Mair on Media’s ‘Unholiest of Alliances’ With Energy Industry”, Rafe Mair, Nov.14 2017, TheTyee.ca].
        Furthermore, in late May, Postmedia refused to run paid ads by Leadnow, a social and environmental justice organization, that expose RBC as the largest financer of fossil fuel extraction in Canada.

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      2. The fossil fuel and its bi- products must be shunned at all cost as a major step in rescue the earth enterprise. I’m not privy to the actions and decisions of Canada’s federal government but the government of India is taking steps to switch to renewable energy. Some big corporate industries are also investing billions of dollars in joint ventures for producing green energy .

        We, common citizens must build a broad consensus and persistent campaign towards more greener and sustainable earth. The governments of the world have to fall in line eventually.

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      3. Most definitely.

        Also, the climate-change/green-energy aspect of any nation’s new infrastructure projects should include expanded mass solar-energy harvestation. Every structure could at least independently harvest solar energy as its own source of emergency power via storage system. There already are fossil-fuel-powered generator systems that engage once the regular electric-grid flow gets cut off, so why not use completely clean, renewable and free solar energy instead of the very old school, carbon-footprint intensive and often pricy solid-energy means?

        Also, it may no longer be wise/practical to have every structure’s entire electricity supply relying on external power lines that are susceptible to being crippled by unforeseen events, including storms of unprecedented magnitude, especially considering our very vulnerable overreliance on electricity. (Coronal mass ejections’ powerful EMF effects, however rare, leave external-source electrical grids vulnerable to potentially extensive damage and long-lasting power outages.)

        Albeit, if such solar-power universality would come at the expense of the traditional energy production companies, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. If it notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully. And, of course, there will be those who will rebut the concept, even solely on the notion that if it was possible, it would have been patented already and made a few people very wealthy.

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  1. Wonderful and informative post Mousumi. We have to definitely look for renewable sources of energy and this message as you said should be taken far and wide . A great eye opening article.

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  2. “The prescription is a rapid shift away from fossil fuel as well as removing vast amount of carbon dioxide from the air. Some feasible options … Emphasis on producing more renewable energy like solar, wind, tidal or geothermal etc. The governments must make the solar panels and other necessary equipment more widely and cheaply available to increase their use by more and more people and companies.”
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    Every structure could at least independently harvest solar energy as a source of emergency power via storage system. There already are fossil-fuel-powered generator systems that engage once the regular electric-grid flow gets cut off, so why not use completely clean, renewable and free solar energy instead of the very old school, carbon-footprint intensive and often pricy solid-energy means?

    Also, it may no longer be wise/practical to have every structure’s entire electricity supply relying on external power lines that are susceptible to being crippled by unforeseen events, including storms of unprecedented magnitude, especially considering our very vulnerable overreliance on electricity. (Coronal mass ejections’ powerful EMF effects, however rare, leave external-source electrical grids vulnerable to potentially extensive damage and long-lasting power outages.)

    Albeit, if such solar-power universality would come at the expense of the traditional energy production companies, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. If it notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully. And, of course, there will be those who will rebut the concept, even solely on the notion that if it was possible, it would have been patented already and made a few people very wealthy.

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  3. Great post! I think the change can start at the individual level first. And also when it comes to climate change, the ecofriendly options are always expensive for developing countries like India and Brazil.
    Especially, when the pandemic is causing massive unemployment. When we talk about climate change, we should remember that global north(developed countries) has already contributed more to pollution for its development than the developing countries. Per capita emission of 1 US citizen is equal to that of 14 Indian citizens (Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) ). Therefore, climate change’s burden can’t be disproportionately shifted to developing countries like India.
    If climate change has to be truly tackled, this divide should be accepted first and concessions and support should be given to developing countries to combat the problem together.

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    1. I absolutely agree. The point of disproportionate burden on the developing nations to reduce the carbon footprints is indeed the main bone of contention between them amd the developed world. The later, rich nations, must contribute handsomely towards the common goal of reversing climate change and global warming. Thanks for expressing your opinion. A healthy debate is necessary for increasing the awareness.

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  4. Useful blog. Everyday climate is changing and we need to be aware of that and also need to take some immediate steps to protect our environment for our good. Well expressed 🤗🌹❤️

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