People worldwide mourn those killed and injured Friday in the Paris terrorist attacks, and authorities vow to get the persons responsible. But what’s encouraging is the violence has not derailed the United Nations climate summit.
The world can’t afford any delays. Security will be beefed up for the more than 120 leaders who are expected to attend the long-anticipated meeting to finally do something about climate change.
Delegates from more than 190 nations are to produce a global plan to reduce fossil fuel emissions, the cause of polar ice melting, seas rising, droughts spreading in some areas like California and weather overall becoming more violent. World leaders need to be kept safe so they can help our endangered planet.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in the spring that global monthly average for carbon dioxide in March hit 400.83 parts per million, making it the first month in modern records that the Earth topped 400 parts per million.
Scientists estimated that the recording surpassed levels that hadn’t been present in about 2 million years.
The jump in CO2 is a concern because of the greenhouse effect that the gas creates for the planet, causing the temperature of the Earth to rise. NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ranked 2014 as the globe’s warmest year since 1880.
The average temperature across land and water surfaces was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 57 degrees. It shattered the previous records set in 2005 and 2010.
The warmest years were 2014, 2010, 2005, 1998, 2013, 2003, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2007.
It may feel great on the beach, but the warmth is wreaking havoc worldwide.
We feel it in the U.S., and not just because people who adore green lawns are experiencing higher water bills.
Drought stricken states like California have suffered massive wildfires.
A bigger concern is climate change is expected to result in the extinction of one of every 13 species on the planet, a University of Connecticut researcher noted.
The U.N. summit running from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11 is supposed to generate humanity’s plan to save the planet and itself. A carbon tax would help curtail fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas production. The aim is to try to ensure action before and after 2020 with long-term, equitable goals. It’s clear the poorest nations are the ones most affected by climate change, and the heaviest polluters are the most responsible.
Getting all developed and developing countries to adopt a plan will be challenging.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, more solar and wind power generation must be part of the solution. Conservation methods must accelerate.
Many religions worldwide are weighing in with more people wanting to be better caretakers for the planet that we will leave to our children and their children. Pope Francis is among the most notable to take a stand against climate change.
“Eliminating poverty, improving health and building security are all outcomes linked to tackling climate change,” a U.N. report on the upcoming summit notes.
President Barack Obama said in 2013: “So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren.”
If humanity takes care of climate change, it will help calm weather-traumatized parts of the world generating terrorism. The summit is a peaceful way to forge change. Delaying action no longer is a choice.