|About the Book|
This book constitutes a comprehensive and crystal-clear statement on the truth about global warming or climate change. Information is presented in a factual and rational manner, entirely free from emotional tincture, predisposed anxiety andMoreThis book constitutes a comprehensive and crystal-clear statement on the truth about global warming or climate change. Information is presented in a factual and rational manner, entirely free from emotional tincture, predisposed anxiety and prejudice. It offers the reader the clearest and most comprehensive understanding of the various perspectives and dimensions of global warming or climate change. The book serves as an unprecedented coherent factual briefing about global warming or Climate Change, with respect to its mechanisms of occurrence, its causes, consequences and wider implications- as well as realistic cost-effective ways through which global warming can be significantly minimised, or possibly eradicated. After exploring this book, the reader will acquire the clearest understanding of global warming or climate change.Global warming simply entails an abnormal increase in the world’s average temperature, brought about by the excessive accumulation of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which create a heat-trapping phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect. Typical examples of greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Under normal circumstances, any additional heat on the surface of the planet earth is reflected back into space as infrared radiations, thereby ensuring that the temperature of the earth is regulated to an acceptable and healthy level, conducive for the balance and welfare of life on earth.Nonetheless, the excessive presence of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere creates a massive blanket that traps, retains and sends back to the earth’s surface, a substantial portion of heat that is in the process of being reflected back into space. This phenomenon is generally referred to as the greenhouse effect- and it inflates the temperature of the earth to a dangerously abnormal level. Any human activity that generates greenhouse gases, constitutes a cause of global warming- for instance, fossil fuel combustion, Energy-intensive industries, transportation, deforestation, livestock farming, and wasteful inefficient use of energy, just to mention a few.The United Nations (UN) has described global warming as one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century- while the European Union (EU) considers this earth scorching phenomenon to be a planetary emergency that warrants shift effective action. Indeed, 97% of climate scientists are unanimous that the rate of global warming now experienced by the planet earth, primarily arises from human activity. That consensus was made clear in a major climate report released on 27th September 2013, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Among the devastating consequences of global warming are: the widespread prevalence of drought, floods, destructive winds such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and tropical cyclones- decline in agricultural productivity and food shortage, increase in world hunger, desertification, heat waves, the multiplication of diseases such as malaria, loss of natural habitat and massive species extinction, reduced global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), increase cost of insurance for homes and businesses, closure of businesses, lost productivity due to disruption of normal daily activities, increase in the demand for emergency services, increase level of unemployment, water shortages, accelerated migration, a general sense of insecurity, just to mention a few.Suggested solutions for global warming include, phasing out fossil fuel, halting massive deforestation, abolishing livestock farming, adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, minimise the use of vehicles and aeroplanes, explore cleaner forms of energy such as solar and wind energy- be more sensitive and efficient in energy use- and mobilise the large-scale recovery of lost forests through massive afforestation and reforestation.