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World demands as Amazon burns

At the recent G7 summit of World leaders, talks were held and money offered to help Brazil change its deforestation policies of the Amazon tropical rain forests. The large number of fires started illegally are to clear and prepare land for crops, cattle and property speculation and has prompted the state of Amazonas to declare an emergency.

Giant smoke clouds have drifted across hundreds of miles and the crisis has raised global concerns about the destruction of a global carbon sink as these forests are responsible for acting as a sink for up to 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions.

Guardian newspaper 24/08/2019

Impact of global heating on land poses threat to civilisation

‘The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity with cascading risks becoming increasingly severe as global temperatures rise’ according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Global heating is increasing droughts, soil erosion and wildfires while reducing crop yields in the tropics and thawing permafrost within the Polar regions. Moreover further heating will lead to unprecedented climate conditions at lower latitudes with potential growth in hunger, migration and conflicts and increased damage to the great northern forests.

And the scientists also concluded that ‘the burning of fossil fuels must end to avoid irreversible loss in land ecosystem services required for food, health and habitable settlements’
Guardian newspaper 09/08/2019

Switch fossil fuel subsidies to fund a clean energy revolution

Switching just some of the huge subsidies supporting fossil fuels to renewables would unlock a very rapid transition to clean energy and significantly reduce carbon emissions driving the climate crisis. Coal, oil and gas receive more than $370 billion annually in support compared with $100 billion for renewable energy sources the International Institute for Sustainable Development has found.

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, attacked such subsidies saying ‘what we are doing is using taxpayers’ money to boost hurricanes, to spread droughts, to melt glaciers and to bleach coral reefs ….. to destroy the world’s biosystems’.

Guardian newspaper 02/08/2019



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