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Tea with AK71: Climate change.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Let us take a break from all the hustle and bustle of our lives. Let us think about the world and if we are helping to make a difference.

Beijing was hit by the worst rainfall in 60 years last month.

The relentless, weather gone crazy type of heat that has blistered the USA and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming...

The research says that the likelihood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s through the 1980s was rarer than one in 300, Now, the odds are closer to one in 10...

The increase in the chance of extreme heat, drought and heavy downpours in certain regions is so huge that scientists should stop hemming and hawing... AP

Mother Nature will find a way to right the imbalances. In Beijing, the official pollution index, which had showed an unhealthy rating before the storm hit, registered “excellent” after the storm, with the air noticeably free of its normal acrid smell. Full story: here.

If we do not make changes, Mother Nature will change things her way.

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INVS 2.0 said...

Hi Ak71,

Global warming cannot be avoided even if humans completely halt the release of greenhouse gases.

The Earth is currently transiting from this ice age to the next (they say the next one is ready in 10000 years). During the process, the world's temperatures will rise and icebergs will melt.

Human activities are accelerating this process of heating. We can only slow down the process by releasing fewer tonnes of CO2 with the help of technology.

Ray said...

what's next? Snow in Singapore?

AK71 said...

Hi INVS 2.0 and Ray,

Global warming was part of my undergraduate studies. So, reading about these extreme weather conditions in recent years is like seeing textbook scenarios coming alive!

Singapore is likely to get wetter during the wet season and an increased incidence of flooding is to be expected.

In recent years, I have been doing my bit to reduce my carbon footprint. I reduce, reuse and recycle.

If everyone is more aware of the environmental challenges and chip in to help, I think there is hope yet.

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