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3 WAYS TO avoid the disastrous effects of climate change

The Emission Gap Reports of 2020 are out; once again predicting where the emissions will be in 2030 and what should be done to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change.

As expected there was a short-term decline in Carbon dioxide emission, a dip of 7 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However this drop will only lead to a 0.01°C reduction of global warming by 2050.    Even now, the world is heading for a temperature rise beyond 3°C.

What needs to be done for a net zero emission?

For a net zero emission, according to the Paris Agreement goals, we should be limiting the temperature below 2°C. And as far as possible keep the temperature below 1.5°C.

Why the rate of global warming is not dipping?

This is because of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), The government pledges under the Paris Agreement, NDCs are not enough.

Where does India stand in GHG Emission?

India is the world’s fourth largest economy and fifth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, accounting for about 5% of global emissions. India’s emissions increased 65% between 1990 and 2005 and were projected to grow another 70% by 2020.

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What are the levels of emission and their corresponding temperature?  

In the Current policies scenario emissions are at 59 GtCO2e and at this rate the temperature will reach 3.5°C in 2050.

What happens with  Conditional NDC scenario? 

 With  Conditional NDC emissions need to fall to 53GtCO2e 3°C.   

2.0°C range

Green pandemic recovery is within the range. Emissions need to fall to 41 GtCO2e.

A green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions. World is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century.

1.5°C range

Emissions need to fall to 25 GtCO2e’

How to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C goal?

  • By combining a green pandemic recovery.
  • New net-zero pledges that reflects in countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • And backed with rapid action.

What can we do to reduce GHG and tackle effects of climate change?      

Household consumption accounts for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas. Steps must be take to encourage reductions from households with high consumption emissions; and at the same time avoiding burdens on the poor.

Essential changes are in  required in following areas:       

  • Passenger aviation
  • Reductions in car use
  • Domestic energy use
  • Diet change
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56% of Lifestyle Emissions consist of:

  • Mobility : 17%
  • Residential energy : 19%
  • Food : 20%      

Consumption emissions vary in different countries:

  • United States of America: 17.6 tons CO2e per capita.
  • European Union and the United Kingdom: together approximately 7.9 tons per capita.
  • India:1.7 tons per capita.

There is a correlation between income and emissions:

  • Top 10% of income earners are around 36–49% of the global total emissions.
  • Lowest 50% of income earners account for around 7–15% of all emissions.

Carbon mitigation in mobility

Mobility has significant mitigation potential to reduce emissions.

  • Reduction, at around 1.9 tCO2e per avoided long-haul return flight.
  • Active travel such as cycling and walking can reduce emissions.
  • Greater use of public transport.
  • Greater vehicle efficiency.
  • Adoption of BEVs.

The strong link between income and mobility emissions

  • Global top 10% of income earners use around 45% of all energy for land transport and around 75% of all energy for aviation.
  • Compared with 10% and 5% respectively for the poorest 50% of households. 

(Mobility Lifestyle Decisions)

  • Airport expansion plans in the UK legally rejected in their current form on climate grounds.
  • Domestic Austrian flights replaced with intercity rail between Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Incentives for bicycle purchase and repair – tax cuts for cycling in the EU and UK.

Carbon mitigation in residential sector

There is Ample mitigation potential in residential sector to reduce emissions:

  • Low-carbon heating and renewable energy should be used by households.
  • There should be energy-efficient construction and renovations.
  • Emissions should be reduced through smaller living spaces.
  • There should be adjustments to room temperature.

(Residential Lifestyle Change)

  • Retrofitting public housing after economic downturn Improved residential energy efficiency in USA.
  • Energy-efficiency standards for energy-intensive products in Japan.
  • Smart meters reduced gas consumption by 22.0 per cent overall and by 27.2 per cent in high consumers in the UK.
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Carbon mitigation in food sector

  • Full or partial vegetarianism has the potential to reduce emissions from food consumption by around 31 per cent.
  • Pescatarian diet leading to an approximately 27 per cent reduction.
  • Reducing beef and lamb, and encouraging healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, can reduce food-related emissions by nearly 10 per cent globally.

(Diet Lifestyle Change)

  • France implemented national policies against food waste in supermarkets.
  • Food-growing households in Czech Republic reduce household emissions. 
  • Italy implemented a law to reduce food waste and encourage donation of leftover food to charity.

The focus of the global economy on paid employment – and the devaluation of unpaid care work that sustains it – is an overlooked barrier to low-carbon lifestyles.

The richer, the higher the emissions

  • Higher income tends to be correlated with higher emissions.
  • The richest 1% of the global population account for more emissions …… than the poorest 50%.
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So how much time is left to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change?

It’s not too late to act

Emphasize emissions reduction from mobility, residential energy use and food, as these constitute key sectors through which lifestyle change can enable climate mitigation, comprising approximately 17 per cent, 19 per cent and 20 per cent of Lifestyle Emissions respectively.

Encourage Low-Carbon Lifestyles for mobility, residential energy use and food.

man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss, lifestyle today news, Nov 23…

Man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss; Melting ice sheets of Greenland; Mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago; Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

A man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss

A 33-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh watched Bigg Boss, as doctors performed critical brain surgery. The surgery was performed to remove a recurrent glioma in the left premotor area. Prasad was required to stay awake during the surgery.  It is not clear from the reports about the number of hours taken for the surgery, however, he watched Bigg Boss Season 14 and the super hit Sci-Fi Hollywood movie Avatar as three doctors performed the surgery.  He had undergone a surgery in 2014 also but did not recover completely. He was discharged from the hospital in Guntur on Saturday.

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Melting ice sheets of Greenland

The largest island on earth, Greenland, is the benchmark to decide the intensity of climate change. Various researches are being done to evaluate how far global warming results in the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland. In one such study researchers climbed down the moulins that drain meltwater coming from the ice sheet. The researcher found that the moulins are larger than previously thought. And they say that the volume of meltwater in the Moulin will affect the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and also how fast they move towards the sea.

A mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago

Once upon a time, 4 billion years ago, there was a megaflood on Mars, so says the scientists. Before the flood Mars could sustain life. The analysis is done from sedimentological data from the NASA Curiosity rover. There are geological feature that was formed by water and wind, and frozen four billion years ago. The ‘Anitdunes’ and ‘Megaripple’ features on the Gale crater are an indication that a megaflood occurred on the red planet.

Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

Jaan Kumar Sanu was the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss Season 14. Son of Kumar Sanu, he was the fresh face entrant to the reality show. He entertained the audience through Bigg Boss with his singing and other skills. He has been voted out on a thin margin from the nearest contestants.

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Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change lifestyle today news snippets nov 17

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change; Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief; Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal; Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined; Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

JEFF BEZOS ANNOUNCES FIRST RECEPIENTS OF $10 BILLION FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced the first recipients of the $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change. The recipients include 16 scientists, NGOs and others who are “working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions.” In his Instagram post, Bezos says that he has been learning for several months, “from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.” The $791 million funds announced today is the first part of the $10 billion set aside by the world richest man to “protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

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Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief

The vaccine alone is not enough to overcome the virus say the WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. The number of cases are increasing at an alarming rate since the pandemic first broke out. The latest figure registered in WHO on Friday was 645,410. Tedros says along with the vaccine, tests, surveillance, isolations and care are to continue. “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.” He said.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal

Well-known environmentalist, writer and activist Sunita Narain is the recipient of Edinburgh Medal for her work on climate justice. The ceremony will be held virtually on November 18th, this Wednesday. Sunita Narain is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down to Earth Magazine. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. She is active both in India and internationally in formulating policies related to environmental issues.  

Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was in the Intensive Care Unit ealier this year due to Covid-19. Once again in two-week self-isolation as one of his contacts was confirmed to be covid positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.” he tweeted.

Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh set a sustainable fashion trend of sought when he recycled an old saree of his mother to Diwali outfits. He posted a video on Twitter where his mother is seen waving a blue turquoise sari followed by Ritesh and sons Riaan and Rahyl wearing Kurti made from the sari. Many applauded the actor for the initiative on Twitter. We need to wait and see if the actor will repeat the outfit in future events as part of sustainable living.

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