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Global Warming in a Nutshell

Global Warming in a Nutshell

At the current rate of Green House Gases being released into the air it is inevitable that global warming will eventually get to such a level that will cause catastrophic changes to the earth and the way our civilisations live but the question is what will happen when it does and if there is any way to stop it.

The current global average temperature is 14.8°c, since 1880 (the first year the global temperature was recorded) the average temperature world wide has risen 0.85°c. 16.7°c is the limit that was agreed upon in the early nineties by a group of German scientists, it was known as the two-degree rule. This is the ideal outcome for climate change, if it were to pass this temperature it would cause completely irreversible damage and make nearly the entirety of the polar caps to melt. Despite the two-degree rule being the limit, it is also the most ideal out come as we are almost half way to that two centigrade limit (this is due to it taking a decade or so for greenhouse gasses to take their full effect on the climate.) To make matters worse there are already enough fossil fuel reserves owned by companies and countries to meet this limit five times over.

In order to completely stop the emissions of greenhouse gases we would have to ask countries and companies to keep fossil fuels in the ground, this would cost them trillions of euros and result in the loss of millions of jobs.

The first real sign of the world coming together to fight climate change was in 2015 during the Paris agreement. At this meeting it was agreed along with UN that all 195 countries that attended had to have a goal to decrease carbon emissions, this would be checked upon every 5 years. Only three countries are not in the agreement, Nicaragua, because they believed the deal was not strict enough on richer countries, Syria didn’t sign but this could be due to a few problems going on in their country and the US. The US pulled out of the agreement when in mid 2017 Trump decided to leave it, this was a huge loss because the US is the biggest oil consuming country consuming over 18.5 million barrels per day. This accounts for almost 20% of the worlds total oil consumption per day.

So, in conclusion there is no way to completely stop global warming, our best chances are to reduce how bad it is going to be, the world needs to work together to fight this massive problem that could result in “climate catastrophe”.

Finn Corcoran

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