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Global Warming and the Future
The years are getting warmer and warmer, and we currently sit on 1% extra planet warmth. Doesn’t sound like much, a 22 degree day as opposed to a 21 degree day at the beach is not going to break the bank so to speak, but the great scientific brains of the world have declared that the world as we know it will start to unhinge if we ever break more than 2% of extra heat on a global scale.
Heat waves will be more frequent and more destructive, resulting in droughts, failed crops, massive livestock loss and new animal migrations. There will also be a human death toll far worse than the 2003 Europe heat wave, in which about 70,000 people died from heat-related deaths. We have all neatly signed the Paris Agreement On Climate Change http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/702/143800.html and we are all dutifully trying to do our bit to lower our emissions, but is it enough, and is it going to be in time?
Tim Flannery, Australian author of the recent Atmosphere Of Hope: Searching For Solutions To The Climate Crisis is not that sure. “The climate system has been chinked off it’s axis and we are already living with the results,’ says Flannery, who believes that if we stop greenhouse gases, the planet will continue to warm.
Despite this fact, we have to continue along the route of green energy, and there have been some remarkable global changes and shifts in this genre. As we continue to see solar grow on a daily basis in South Africa from domestic installations to big business conversions, there are many more impressive situations occurring worldwide. Australia is ahead of schedule to get 28% of its energy from renewables in the next 5 years, and China increased its solar capacity by 18 gigawatts in 2015 alone. The main problem however lies with big business.
“Renewables do away with the concept of businesses and individuals as simple customers: instead they transform them into prosumers who compete with electricity utilities,” explains Flannery.