|A starving Polar Bear|
The Real Effects of Climate Change
At Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group's May meeting members and visitors watched Sir David Attenborough's DVD giving reasons for his great concern for the future of our home - Planet Earth. During his broadcasting career he has seen and recorded a wondrous variety of species.
Over many millennia the climate has changed ranging from tropical seas to ice sheets coming as far south as London. But man, by burning fossil fuels, has released forces which are changing the climate at a far greater rate. The results are being seen in the retreating glaciers around the world, more prolonged droughts, extreme weather events, heat waves, intense rainfalls and record breaking global temperatures.
In the Arctic polar bear populations are under great pressure with sea ice melting earlier in spring and forming later in Autumn. This reduces their access to food causing drop in body condition, lower cub survival rates, increase risk of drowning, increase in cannibalism and loss of access to denning areas.
Glaciers which supply water to so many billions of people around the world are now in retreat. The speed of water loss from the Greenland ice sheet has doubled over the last few years and this contributes to rising sea levels. The Pacific islands of Tuvalu are regularly flooded and some of the people are being relocated to New Zealand as climate change refugees.
Warming seas hold greater energy contributing to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina. Greater acidification of the ocean, as it absorbs CO2, rising sea levels and rising sea temperatures have all contributed to the bleaching of coral reefs.
The Amazon rain forest thought of as the lungs of the world has experienced drought leading to the dying of the largest trees. Wild fires have taken hold in the interior much to the disbelief of the scientist working there.
David then went on to show how each individual can play their part in reducing their own carbon footprint. Turn thermostats down, do not leave gadgets on standby, choose a fuel efficient car, use public transport and buy produce grown locally (avoid airmiles).
He endorsed the need for renewable energy. Energy from the sun can be captured by photovoltaic panels and wind turbines Britain is the windiest place in Europe.
Recently, he said that if we can put a man on the moon in 10 years we can, with the determined effort of all countries, totally remove our reliance on fossil fuels in the same length of time.
As the DVD was produced in 2006 Janet Roberts (Chair PSEEG) gave a very short update on some of the figures. Arctic ice showed a record ice melt in the summer of 2015 and the lowest winter ice cover in 2016. Record high temperatures had been recorded at the North Pole when for a short period it was around 20C above normal. Maximum sea ice was less than than the previous 3 years and the lowest since 2008. Ice cores from glaciers around the world are being taken to the Antarctic for storage in order to preserve their unique record of past climates. The status of coral reefs is alarming. By 2014 19% of world's reefs were effectively destroyed whilst 24% were in danger of imminent collapse. April 2016 was the 12th consecutive month on record that the earth has recorded its warmest month. Though scientists rarely comment on one months figures, the unprecedented leap in temperature has come as a severe shock and is now classed as a climate emergency. CO2 emissions have reached 400ppm (over the last 800,000 years they have never been higher than 300ppm). To avoid catastrophic climate change 82% coal, 48% gas and 33% oil of all known reserves needs to be kept in the ground. Many organisations are leading the way by divesting themselves of fossil fuels the Rockerfellow Foundation, E-ON, Axa Insurance Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, various Universities and Religious groups to name but a few.
We must empower our politicians to make the right choices for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
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|29th May 2015||Protecting Pembrokeshire's Coastline: A talk by Emyr Williams, PCC Coast Protection Engineer|
|10th April 2015||Your Parliamentary Candidates' Answers to the PSEEG Questionnaire|
|3rd April 2015||A visit to the RWE Pembroke Power Station, arranged by Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre|
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|23rd January 2015||Our Home Planet: The showing of the film 'Home' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand|
|28th November 2014||Marine Energy in Pembrokeshire: A talk by Louise Rigby, co-ordinator for Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP)|
|24th October 2014||Extreme Weather Events: A talk on changing weather patterns by Janet Roberts, secretary of PSEEG|
|26th September 2014||Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation|
|25th July 2014||How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy|
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|23rd May 2014||Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG|
|28th March 2014||The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc|
|24th January 2014||P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator|
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|11th October 2013||Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory|
|27th September 2013||Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve|
|28th June 2013||Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer|
|24th May 2013||Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer|
|29th March 2013||The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor|
|1st March 2013||Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales|
|25th January 2013||Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer|
|30th November 2012||Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array|
|26th October 2012||The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy|
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|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
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|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
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|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
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