Thursday, April 17, 2014
Victoria's Green Matters - 17th April 2014
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent MercuryThe latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has pulled no punches in relating its findings this time.
It has always warned us about the effects of climate change but they all seemed to relate to someone else, in some other part of the world, didn’t they? Well, not any more. The report states that there is not a single region in the whole world that will not be affected by even 2⁰C of warming. This will bring heat waves and other weather related disasters. A 3⁰- 4⁰C temperature rise will see even the wealthy countries, with advanced agricultural systems, start to suffer. There has been three times the number of natural disasters during the period 2000 to 2009 than occurred in the 1980s.
But when are we going to do anything about it? The powers that be must read the reports but what then? We lag behind all our European neighbours in investment in renewable energy and despite what most people believe the USA and China are surging ahead.
We already have a well developed ‘green’ economy but it must be invested in much more. We need to cut our energy waste, to make our homes warmer and cheaper to run – the two things go hand in hand. Investment in renewable energy must be encouraged – not only wind power but solar technologies, which have developed dramatically over the last few years, power from water and waves and geothermal energy but conservation is the most important.
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