Each society has got as much healthy environment as it is willing to work for!
Does global warming affect climate change? Yes it does! Climate change affects every one of us!
Whether we want to or not!
What is global warming and climate change?
What is the solution to climate change?
Some answers you will find right here and in upcoming articles!
Our life here on this earth is not a last rehearsal! It’s the concert!
I turn to all men who still can play pocket billiards and to all women who can step out of 50 gray shadows and want to act by themselves.
Global climate change can be turned!
For the equivalent of 2 beers or 3 coffees we can help to save ourselves already!
We cannot afford less!
Find out more below….
But first of all watch this video. It will blow your mind away if you don’t know that yet – and I guess you don’t know yet!
It was broadcast by Swiss TV in the year 1988! In words – Nineteen Ninety Eight ! ! Remember when watching!
You will not believe what you will see – I promise! If you don’t understand the narrator please click HERE for the written text.
History: Ciba-Geigy ==> merge with Santoz ==> became Novartis in 1996 ==> part of BASF since 2008 (rough overlook)
Please don’t mind about grammar or pronunciation – sorry for that. Though, content is most important. Nature won’t mind! 🙂
Some scientists really dare to say that there is no global warming on climate change. Are they really serious or are they payed by lobbyists or industries? Or look at the Great Barrier Reef and climate change! No relations? Really?
We have to keep in mind that about 550 million square meters of rain forest are cut down every day. Tropical wood or the cleared areas are used for the production of paper, for transformation into oil palm plantations or soy plantations – and into cattle pastures. In addition, mineral resources such as gas, oil, gold or iron ore are exploited. Woods also have to give way to the construction of huge dams.
Around 432.9 square kilometers of forest are burned or cut down worldwide. Most of it in tropical countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia and Brazil.
This amounts to 158,000 square kilometers per year.
We have to imagine that, if we even can do that at all.
This is larger than the area of the state of Georgia in the US! That makes 42 football fields per minute!
I may repeat: every day – every minute – an area equivalent to forty-two football fields is cut down.
You do not necessarily have to be a football player or the athlete of the year to understand these dimensions.
The tropical rain forest must be devastated pitifully, because of greedy state-owned and private companies who make immense profits with valuable tropical timber.
Or the area is cleared for huge plantations, so that products plant on it – or exploitation of mineral resources underneath it – are making huge sums of money. Of course, not for the residents, but for those who don’t get their neck full.
To top it all off, we are still faced with an additional problem. Very often tropical wood comes from trees of almost biblical age. It is called primary rain forest, which is cut down here. These trees have grown here for many hundreds of years, with no one ever having the idea of attacking these giants.
This creates two more big problems.
On the one hand, this exploitation destroys countless species animals forever, because they lost their habitat – thus they have disappeared forever from this planet.
On the other hand, trees, if replanted at all, no longer develop their original strength, height and size. This is called a secondary rain forest.
Hurricanes / Typhoon / Rain forest / Natural Disasters
In this article, we will focus specifically on environmental disasters that deal with the deforestation of the rain forest, the increasing environmental catastrophes and our seeming powerlessness.
Of course the Great Barrier Reef and climate change is correlated as well. And I will come back to this and other related topics in upcoming articles!
Let’s look at a picture first:
If you click on the pic you can find out the forest data from your area!
Now some relevant data, as found in the…
– UNO Disaster Risk Reduction Report (UNISDR),
– the largest insurance records,
– and the Global Forest Watch research.
All coincidence? All natural? All circulation? Do they really think we are stupid? Are we?? Look at the year axis!
Is global warming climate change?
No it is not! But does global warming affect climate change?
Yes it does!
The number of natural disasters has increased rapidly
Flooding, storms, forest fires:
According to the UN report, natural disasters are becoming more common. In the past 20 years, for example, Germany was one of the countries with the highest loss figures regarding natural damages.
According to the UN report, natural disasters are increasing dramatically, and accordingly the damage they cause.
Between 1997 and 2017, 1.3 million people worldwide died as a result.
4.4 billion people suffered injuries or lost their livelihood.
The financial damages are immense!
Over the same period, costs up to $ 2.9 trillion Dollars arose, more than twice as high as in the period between 1978 and 1997, according to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Geneva.
However, according to the researchers, the rising numbers also due to the fact that disasters are documented more frequently than they were 20 years ago.
At the same time information is still missing in the statistics. Only about one-third of disasters has been recorded and quantified reliably, according to the UN. The statisticians have included the price development for the comparison and converted into dollar prices from 2017.
According to the UN, especially those environmental catastrophes have increased that are influenced by the climate. This includes floods, storms, heat waves, drought and forest fires.
Earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions, on the other hand, do not fall into this category!
The number of climate-associated disasters rose from an average of 165 to 329 a year, the report said. UNISDR representative Ricardo Mena spoke of “alarming numbers” and warned that climate-related natural disasters will continue to increase because of global warming.
The report shows a trend that can be observed at the same time as the planet heats up.
Highest damages in the US!
By far the largest losses from natural disasters of any kind, the study reported the US at more than $940 billion from 1998 to 2017. Among other things, because houses and infrastructure are significantly more expensive than in many other countries.
With the absolute losses recorded of around $58 billion, Germany ranges among the Top Ten internationally, mainly due to the consequences of floods. France, on the other hand, suffered from storms, while Italy suffered from quakes.
The costs by itself, however, often tell us little about the actual scale of a disaster.
(But they are important to people who set money above people’s lives).
In developing countries, for example, lower prices level down the numbers.
Nevertheless, “Disasters are always affecting the poorest of the poor,” author Debarati Guha said. “For them, natural disasters are life-threatening”, he said.
What do the insurances say?
For insurance companies, 2017 was the most expensive year in history!
Around $135 billion Dollars of costs arose worldwide due to Hurricanes and other natural disasters, more than ever before. This is according to an investigation of Munich reinsurance (number 1 reinsurance worldwide).
The main cause was due to the series of severe cyclones that hit the Caribbean and US East Coast. The climate experts of the world’s largest reinsurance see the natural disaster data of the past decades as a strong evidence of the effects of climate change.
Unusually high natural-disaster-damage is piling up.
In the historical data of the Munich Re, there are only three years in which insured losses cost more than $100 billion, adjusted for inflation – and these all were within the past 13 years.
“Before 2005, there was not a single year in which we would have got even close to a hundred billion,” Munich-Re climate expert and geophysicist Ernst Rauch said. We will have to get used to such orders of magnitude.
Total storms, earthquakes and floods caused $330 billion in damage in 2017!
That was the second-highest number in total since records began in 1970. The most damage-making year to date was 2011, with the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, costing a combined $354 billion Dollars to today’s values.
So what is the solution to climate change?
We can contribute something to improving our climate.
A little here – a little there.
For example, donating a tree…
– binds 5 to 6 tons of CO2 per year
– produces about 4 tons of oxygen at the same time
– provides oxygen and let survive about 11 people a year
(A car with 3.5 liters of consumption per 100km blows about 1,000kg of CO2 into the air)
This is what our forests must look like – not for picturing it – for OUR survival!
It’s up to YOU !
Joking! 🙂 Of course it’s up to US – to ALL OF US! 🙂
Donating a tree costs about $6.00, which is equivalent to about:
– 2 beers
– 1 pack of cigarettes (if there are still smokers)
– 1 handbag
– 1 pair of shoes
– 1 set ornamental caps
we can donate a small grove already!
If we help the rain forest, we help ourselves!
By 2019 at the latest, everyone should have grasped and seen for themselves that there is only ONE ecosystem. Namely, that of the entire planet.
Let’s build a bridge!
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!
And I AM the fat lady!
Your, Old George,
the fat lady