|Storm damage in Aberystwyth|
|Storm damage in Amroth|
Removing the myths and misconceptions that surround Man-made Climate Change
As members and friends came to Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group's May meeting they saw a picture of planet Earth on the screen. Janet Roberts started her talk by saying that 'If we look after it it will look after us'.
The first set of images showed environments and species already under stress from the results of rising temperatures. These included the Arctic sea ice, Greenland ice sheet, permafrost, glaciers, polar bears and coral reefs. Also mentioned was the Inuit settlement in Alaska which will create the first American refugees due to climate change.
The need to see this as a global problem was made clear by images of flooding in Pakistan in 2012, Hurricane Sandy (2012), flooding in central Europe (2013), California which is currently into its 3rd year of a drought and Australia which had its hottest year on record in 2013 before showing pictures of this year's flooding on the Somerset Levels and on the Thames and a powerful image of the sea at Aberystwyth. These all broke previous records.
The main cause of greenhouse gas was seen to be the burning of fossil fuels. Janet pointed out that the evidence came from highly respected sources. Graphs showing the rise in temperatures produced by the Met Office (UK) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the National Climatic Data Centre (all based in the USA but collating data from around the world) which confirmed this. The last one clearly showed the link between CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and rising temperatures.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change brought out a draft report in 2013 which said that 'Warming of the climate is unequivocal'. Only this month the National Climate Assessment produced a report in the US saying that temperatures had risen by 0.8 degree since 1895 with the last decade being the warmest on record in America. It said 'Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present' and 'The evidence is visible everywhere from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean'.
Janet asked the question 'What can we do?' As individuals we can reduce our own consumption by making changes to our use of energy. Groups, organisations, businesses can make big changes to the own practices. Also the future has to be sustainable renewable energy. One hour of energy from the sun could generate all the planet's energy needs for a year. Solar energy (photovoltaic panels and solar water heating panels), biomass (wood and refuse), hydro (rivers and reservoirs), marine (wave and tidal), geothermal and wind (onshore and offshore). It is interesting to note that the first onshore windfarm was built by Good Energy – one of the smaller suppliers – at Delabole in Cornwall 25 years ago. It consisted of 10 turbines and it was, and still is, sited at a stables. It is currently being upgraded to 4 larger wind turbines.
We ended by agreeing that we must empower governments to work together to tackle this problem. This winter we have all seen the power of nature and action needs to be taken now in order to slow down and eventually stop the rise of greenhouse gases.
Acting Chair, Philip Wathen, thanked Janet for a very interesting and thought provoking presentation.
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