Options ?

Following The Conference

What are the options? is climate change happening? can we wait and see if it gets any worse?

We know climate change is taking place, yes its happened before but the changes we are experiencing now are under different conditions with human activity including the accelerated burning of fossil fuels. We can just wait to see if the climate self-adjusts; if it doesn’t then our descendants could face an apocalyptic future.

With the worlds first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay we here in North Wales also have a great opportunity to harness renewable, sustainable and predictable tidal energy due to the large tidal range we experience and in the process to protect our coast and transform our economy.

We were fortunate to have Prof. Sr John Houghton as guest of honour at the IS 2050 conference. Sr John born in Dyserth began in the late 1960’s drawing attention to the buildup of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere and its result of global warming, now known as the greenhouse effect. As director-general (1983) of the British Meteorological Office, he began tracking changing climate patterns. In 1990, he co-chaired a team of scientists working for the United Nations that produced the first comprehensive report on the science of climate change. This led to the 1997 U.N. Conference on Climate Change, in Kyoto, Japan. The Kyoto Protocol that resulted there was a treaty among industrialized and developed nations to combat global warming by voluntarily adhering to progressively stiffening emissions-reduction standards.

Any successful international negotiation for reducing emissions must be based on four principles: the precautionary principle, the principle of sustainable development, the polluter-pays principle and the principle of equity. The strength of ‘contraction and convergence’ is that it satisfies all these principles. — Sir John Houghton, London Independent (10 Aug 2003)

The world won’t come to an end, but the incidence of disasters will have a very big impact, and in ways we can’t predict…. Rises in seas levels will displace millions of people. It’s estimated there will be 150 million refugees by 2050, homeless as a result of global warming. It’s how we deal with these problems that is as much the challenge as tackling the causes of global warming. — Sir John Houghton, London Independent (10 Aug 2003)

Our long-term security is threatened by a problem at least as dangerous as chemical, nuclear or biological weapons, or indeed international terrorism: human-induced climate change. … The impacts of global warming are such that I have no hesitation in describing it as a “weapon of mass destruction.” Like terrorism, this weapon knows no boundaries. It can strike anywhere, in any form…

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