So why is climate change of utmost concern to mankind now?
Past changes were not unusual as they were of natural origin.
But most of the changes within the last 50 years were very unusual, as they were caused by human activities which discharge carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases at an alarmingly faster rate.
Climate change has emerged to be one of the biggest ongoing happenings of the 21st century, affecting our health and almost every aspect of our life.
There are strong scientific implications that climate change has been linked to the more frequent and more extensive occurrence of extreme climate events, especially pronounced in 2009 and 2010. The bushfires and a record number of high-temperature days in the US; the unprecedented record heatwave and wildfires in the Russian Federation; the calving of a large iceberg from the calving from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland ice sheet; the mega floods in Bangladesh; the mudslides in Brazil, Pakistan, the Philippines and China; the concurrent incidences of drought and flood in China, Australia, are concrete manifestations of climate extremes.
Aren’t we not getting more concerned, more worried and feeling more insecure to be at the mercy of these humanly induced ‘natural’ disasters?
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The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel (IPCC) on Climate Change cited that human influences are likely to have been at least 5 times greater than the natural effects from the sun. The average rise in global temperature during the 20th century has been around 0.55oC – 0.74oC within the recent 40 years. Amongst the warmest years, 11 out of 12 occurred during the last 12 years! If we do not take immediate and urgent mitigating efforts, the greenhouse gas concentration could be trebled by end of the century, causing a possible temperature rise of 5oC.
The risks from climate change are large and growing. We need to contain warming to below 2oC.