Climate Action: why we need adaptation, mitigation & financial resources
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by Sara Giovarruscio
1y ago
Climate action means responding to climate change. Since the industrial revolution, we (humans) have added greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere causing global warming. The temperature of our planet is increasing, and as a result, fires, storms, and floods have increased in frequency and intensity; the ocean is warmer and more acidic, and the sea level is rising due to thermal expansion and ice loss. We take climate action when we address the risks and impacts of the changing climate that we (as species) have caused. Climate actions include: Climate mitigation: reducing the sources of gr ..read more
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Taking climate action to transform our world
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
When we talk about sustainable development, we refer to the Brundtland commission’s (1987) definition: “development which meets the need of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Seven years ago (in 2015), 193 Member States of the United Nations approved the universal, holistic framework for international development: “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development“. A call for action to transform our world for people, planet and prosperity.  “It is a roadmap to ending global poverty, building a life ..read more
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We need climate action now to secure our future: scientists’ clear message
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
I want to start with a quote, a critical one: “The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health. Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” IPCC Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (SPM.D.5.3). This quote is from the last page of the second part of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report (AR6), which came out on the 28th of February, at a very sad poi ..read more
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The underappreciated importance to protect our oceans to tackle climate change
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Home to millions of plants and animals, the ocean is a very large part of our planet, covering more than 70% of the Earth’s surface – no coincidence we call it our blue planet! Despite the importance the ocean play for our survival, from weather driver to carbon sink to source of sustenance and income for millions, about 80% of the ocean is unmapped and unexplored.  Today I want to explore its characteristics and share my next volunteering experience – the Ocean Lovers Festival, 22 to 24 April 2022 @Bondi Beach (Sydney, NSW, Australia). Bear with me with the basics. I need to start f ..read more
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How to turn climate ambition into real action: your plan to net zero
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Climate change is no longer a distant “problem” that people on the other side of the world or later generations have to deal with. Climate change is here, and it’s affecting our lives everywhere. To avert its worst effects, we need to rapidly reduce those 50 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions that we emit every year. We need to reach zero. Businesses also play a key role in addressing climate change. It is time for thought leaders to show that they are serious about climate action, and they have set ambitious net zero targets aligned with the latest science (the 1.5C limit) with actual ..read more
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Ten actions to tackle climate change and achieve a huge impact
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Today, I want to talk about some of the things we, as global citizens, can do to tackle climate change. Often people tell me: “I am only one (I am too small)… how can I make an impact?”. We see the direction the world is headed, and we think we can’t do anything about it. This is not true. We have many of the tools needed to make a huge impact on climate change. We have an incredible opportunity to make history and co-create a better future for all humanity. This article will show you a list of ten impactful things you can do today to make an impact on climate change. A growing demand for ener ..read more
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Methane emissions: why do we need deep reductions to fight climate change?
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Welcome back, readers! We know that human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are warming our planet like a blanket. And that carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary driver. However, other greenhouse gases responsible for changing our climate, such as methane, are often overlooked. This article analyzes methane emissions, the second-largest contributor, the latest available numbers & commitments. Global methane emissions We use the concept of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) to combine the different gases responsible for global warming (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and F ..read more
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How to solve climate change: the inequality in global carbon emissions
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Welcome back, readers! In this article, I analyze the cumulative emissions of CO2 by country, look at the latest data and reflect on one aspect that we, citizens of developed countries, often forget. That we are responsible for most of the emissions already in the atmosphere, and this is why it’s our time to lead and take responsibility to combat climate change. Let’s start with the data. The biggest emitters since 1751 I prepared the graph below to show the countries that have contributed the most in terms of CO2 emissions (cumulative CO2 emissions) since the industrial revolution. Over t ..read more
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The most important thing you can do to reduce your energy-related emissions
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Global carbon emissions by source, by Alisa Singer www.environmentalgraphiti.org. Protegoterra has permission to use the image on the website. If you would like to download/distribute/use/reproduce the image, please address your request to the artist at www.environmentalgraphiti.org to obtain permission. Welcome back, readers! In my past articles, we saw that CO2 is the key greenhouse gas driving climate change and that it comes mainly from the burning of fossil fuels. We saw that we burn fossil fuels to meet our energy demand. We continued our journey and analyzed our energy su ..read more
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What is the role of fossil fuels in the world’s energy system?
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by Sara Giovarruscio
2y ago
Welcome back, readers! In my last article, we have seen that carbon dioxide accounts for almost three-quarters of our GHG emissions, with about 33.4 billion tCO2 from the energy sector in 2019. These emissions come mainly from the burning of fossil fuels that we use to produce our energy. Today we will analyze some energy statistics to understand the role of fossil fuels in the world’s energy system. We will discuss how much energy we get from fossil fuels, how we produce our electricity, and where we use all that energy. Let’s start with the amount of energy we have at our disposal (before tr ..read more
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