The evidence that anthropogenic carbon emissions are contributing to the increasing temperature of the Earth grows stronger by the year. Whilst impossible to prove, it is suggested that the correlation between CO2 concentrations and the temperature of the planet is as strong as it ever can be. Therefore, actions both by individuals and governments around the world are needed now to protect everyone against the rising temperatures that are almost inevitable. CH4 could prove to be as serious a secondary greenhouse gas as CO2. Possible changes in legislation and adaptions to lifestyle are suggested for the UK. At a global level and in the hope that such subjects are brought into the open, charging for excess use of carbon, food and its production, and levels of population in the world are discussed.
|Type||Article on UoB Birmingham Energy Institute's webpages|
|Media of output||Online newsletter|
|Publisher||University of Birmingham|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Dec 2015|
Bibliographical noteIn 2014 I wrote a chapter for the book ‘Climate Change : observed impacts on Planet Earth’ (2nd edition, editor Trevor M Letcher) which was published by Elsevier in November 2015, ISBN 978-0-444-63524-2. The title of the chapter is ‘The role of greenhouse gases in causing climate change and global warming’. This chapter is available to download from ResearchGate, and has been given a DOI number [by RG] of 10.13140/2.1.3543.5205. A publication-quality PDF of the full chapter can be obtained by emailing the author, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This essay, written one year later and given a different DOI number by RG of 10.13140/RG.2.1.2321.6085, updates some of the ideas put forward in the chapter. It contains no new science, so is not appropriate for a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It is now deliberately written in non-technical simple language, and is offered to non-scientists and policy makers as some possible ways forward in the climate debate.
It is topical, coming one month before the opening of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris in December 2015.