On the 70th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of international human rights today it is critical to take a moment and think about 256 million displaced refugees due to climate-change events and what each of us can do to lower harmful emissions, including advocating and implementing better policies at all levels of government to preserve our prosperity and happiness in the very near future.
A new much anticipated report from the UN climate-change structure based on sound, objective scientific facts worldwide shows an increase in carbon pollution of 2 ppm per year on year to 405 ppm. Many scientists believe that 450 ppm carbon pollution in the atmosphere would lead to catastrophe.
But even more important for policies and planning moving forward now far more rapidly with highly advanced evidence in hand are new more objective global statistics based on sound science confirming 5 percent of global gross domestic product or $2.6 trillion annually in loses due to climate-change events.
This figure exposes lies of the US administration and other world leaders that claim climate change is anti-growth. In fact, denying climate change is far more anti-growth.
This report exposes denial of various journals, including the Economist and others as well as the US administration and others that continue to deny increases in carbon emissions caused by corresponding dangerous and far more costly increases in oil, natural gas and coal production (rather than renewables or nuclear as ratified in Taiwan recently) without proper regulation and without serious taxation of pollutants to protect our future prosperity and near future quality of life and pay for the growing costs of pollution now, including damaging ongoing wildfires and threats to property of more as well as flooding and diseases.
On a more positive note, CCS research indicates that hydroxyl radical composed of oxygen and hydrogen has some ability to further clean harmful emissions, including HFCs and methane from our air, with the exception at the present time of carbon dioxide.
Reducing methane, black carbon (or soot) and HFCs would smartly and effectively reduce global warming by one-half to 2025. Ongoing taxing, fining and suing fossil-fuel companies to make the patches to methane leaks and at the same time force them to pay the costs of their negligence to society is a good first step.
But more significant regulation of transportation and other industry polluters is also a critical next step. Also not weakening regulations on coal as currently dangerously advised by the current US administration would also critically further reduce more soot in our air, soil water and food supply.
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