There has been much in the news over the past few days in relation to climate change.
A new study written by Susan Solomon, who is a top climate scientist, and published by the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences", states that the current levels of climate change that are occurring are irreversible. The study also states that even if we reduced carbon dioxide emissions completely now, the effects of climate change that we are already experiencing will not be reversed for over a thousand years. Read more about this story here.
The next story that caught my eye is about President Obama, who during his second week in office, is allowing California to legislate that the emission standards of vehicles are increased as a specific measure to lower greenhouse gases. At least ten other states have indicated an interest in doing the same. President Obama also ordered that new federal rules be put in place to force car makers to manufacture more fuel efficient cars. Read more about this story here. This is long overdue, but it has of course caused much debate about whether measures such as these will significantly hurt an already ailing auto industry, and a nation that is struggling through a major economic recession.
The last story that caught my eye in relation to climate change was this story that came out of the United Arab Emirates, where they reported snow for only the second time in living history, and in far greater amounts then ever previously seen. Weather such as this is extremely rare, so much so that there is not even a word for snow in the local dialect. Could this be yet another sign of our changing climate? Possibly, although it would be difficult to prove unless perhaps this becomes a regular occurence.
My personal opinion for what it is worth, is that we have to start making what may be some difficult changes right now. I understand that many people are struggling, and that climate change may not be at the top of their list of priorities right now. I also believe that fighting climate change, and regaining economic security don't have to be mutually exclusive if we can accept that we need to start making changes to the way that we have been living. We have to start somewhere, we can't keep on ignoring this issue.
Do we really want our great grandchildren to look back at our generation and ask, "why didn't they do more?" as they live in a world that is very different to the beautiful one that we live in today.