So, let us help planet earth do its job
Nowadays, we the people of this earth are taking great risks, and in a way we are challenging Mother Nature; we are doing so many things that are harming Mother Nature, so, if we are not careful we will soon pay dearly, because we are damaging many good things whereby mother nature could have been able to make good again the damage we have done.
This is how the whole planet earth could be like one day?
If we care about our-self and the coming generations we need do something positive to help this harmful situation, don't you agree? So let us look at global warning
Global warming is the name that should make us think hard what we are doing to this planet, we need to pay more attention to everything that harms the natural environment.
You might say that something is being done, since there will be a meeting of world leaders soon: but I would like to see more interest from the people themselves as well, after all democratic leaders have to follow the people to get voted in.
So, there is the chance to express your views on this subject, please use it at voting time?
Anyhow, dear readers this is going to be a collective blog posts, here I mean that we will be putting together a few posts in a continuous way, instead of posting a new one every time, it might help to make sense about what is being discussed. So let us start with the first one.
HELP PLANET EARTH!
Congratulations Menfranco you have started a blog, which should be able to interest all the people on this planet earth. So maybe this is the right way to go, I am very interested about this subject, so, I am going to follow it closely and post many posts, as it is very important for the whole world to take part in discussions about the changes that are happening to our environment. So, let us hope that someone is interested to discuss these issues openly, so that we may have a feedback from the public. Anyhow we just have to wait and see what happens?
'Secret' deal leak exposes divisions at Copenhagen climate talks
• Lenore Taylor, Copenhagen
• From: The Australian
• December 09, 2009 7:45AM
UNDERLYING tensions between rich and poor nations at the Copenhagen climate negotiations have boiled to the surface with the leaking of a "secret" draft agreement prepared by the Danish host government and a select "circle of commitment" including Kevin Rudd.
The leaked document rocked the United Nations conference as it settled down to its first full day of talks, with developing countries expressing outrage at its contents, and at the fact that it had been developed behind closed doors by the so-called “friends” of the Danish conference chair, Mr Rudd, UN secretary Ban Ki Moon and leaders from other countries including the UK, Sweden, Mexico.
The Danish Government protested that there was no “secret draft for a new Copenhagen Agreement” but rather “many working papers used for testing various positions”.
Privately negotiators were furious that developing nations had resorted to such a “hostile act” because they were nervous about possible outcomes in a final climate deal.
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But despite the hosts' attempts to hose down the leak, it has ignited tensions that were not expected to spark until the top-level leaders segment of the talks next week.
Despite all the controversy, the draft “Copenhagen Agreement” contains many elements of a strong political deal, although it leaves blank critical emission reduction commitments and the amounts to be paid into new funding for developing countries for final determination.
This is only part of the report.
As we all can see from this it is not going to be an easy task for the world leaders. We can only hope that before the meeting ends they agree on something useful, which could help achieve at least part of the problem?
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AUSTRALIA faces having to make a hefty payout to help developing countries such as China and India cope with climate change in order to clinch a deal in Copenhagen.
Despite Australia facing a domestic Budget deficit of about $50 billion for the coming year, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong told The Sunday Mail from Copenhagen that Australia would have to contribute to so-called climate "abatement" funds if India and China were to come into the climate-change tent.
Reports from Copenhagen say industrialised countries favour a target of 50 per cent reduction of global carbon emissions by 2020 (compared with 1990 levels), but major emerging economies led by China have baulked at any such target unless it is made clear that rich countries will assume most of the burden.
I think we need to do more ourselves and Help Planet Earth
I think that it would not be fair for Australia to help China or India.
I don't know how people can even think about this?
To help China or India is impossible, because China and India are so vast and both have the largest population on earth.
So I hope that they think about something else on how to get China and India motivated.
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Australia inland faces another crisis this Christmas.
Emergency crews ready for Christmas floods
More than 200 millimetres of rain is expected in parts of New South Wales. (ABC News)
The State Emergency Service says it expects Bourke, in north-western NSW, to be one of the first towns affected by the predicted heavy rain and floods.
The Bureau of Meteorology says rain and thunderstorms are likely across most of the state today and heavier rain, causing flash flooding is likely this evening.
The bureau is expecting more than 200 millimetres to fall between Bourke and Bathurst today and on Boxing Day.
A flood watch has been issued for the Castlereagh, Bogan, Lower Namoi, Lower Macquarie, Barwon, Paroo and Warrego rivers.
Residents are being warned to stay clear of creeks, storm drains and causeways.
SES Far West region controller Graeme Craig says based on the weather forecast, Bourke could initially experience minor flash flooding.
"There is a risk with that amount of rain that there could be some minor flooding inside the levee," he said.
"I don't expect the river to actually come into play in the early stages of this operation.
"There's not a great deal that we can do pre-emptively and proactively to mitigate the risk of the water coming into these properties on the basis that that water could actually accumulate in any area within the shire."
There are 100 SES volunteers on standby to help respond to the predicted flooding.
SES commissioner Murray Kear says the volunteers are well prepared.
"A line between Bourke and Bathurst is the area the SES is planning for," he said.
"We have 100 volunteers ready to mobilise on Christmas afternoon to move to those areas predominantly north of Dubbo to assist local volunteers in preparing for and responding to this flood event."
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is urging people to avoid back-country travel until conditions improve.
Above is a news report on Christmas day 2009, which makes one ask these following questions.
We need to do something and Help Planet Earth
If this is what the weather would be like in the future?
Do you think that we are to blame for it since we seem to have caused global warming?
Do you have any ideas what can be done about this worldwide problem?
If you have anything to contribute, please write to us your suggestions.
In the news today.
Arctic air and record snow falls gripped the northern hemisphere today, inflicting hardship and havoc from China, across Russia to Western Europe and over the US plains.
There were few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that killed dozens in India, paralysed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans sheltered from a potentially killer freeze, Paris endured sunny Siberian cold, Italy dug itself out of snowdrifts and Poland counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about minus 25C (-13F).
The heaviest snow yesterday hit northeastern Asia, which is suffering its worst winter weather for 60 years. More than 25 centimetres (10in) of snow covered Seoul, the South Korean capital — the heaviest fall since records began in 1937.
In China, Beijing and the nearby port city of Tianjin had the deepest snow since 1951, with falls of up to 8in and temperatures of minus 10C. In the far north of China, the temperature fell to minus 32C. More than two million Beijing and Tianjin pupils were sent home and 1,200 flights were delayed or cancelled at Beijing’s international airport.
It is about time that we really get together and find a way how to save the planet.
What do you think? Will we be able to save planet earth?
If you have any ideas how to save the planet have your say.
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In the news:
This report below is just one of the many, in fact I have just read another one that said that the human race could be extinct in the next 100 years.
We should ask ourselves what we should do to prevent our own extinction.
What do you say to that? Let us know if any of you has any ideas?
This is one of the reports:
Could unbridled climate changes lead to human extinction?
Scientists have sounded alarm bells about how growing concentrations of greenhouse gases are driving irreversible and dramatic changes in the way the oceans function, providing evidence that humankind could well be on the way to the next great extinction.
The findings of the comprehensive report: 'The impact of climate change on the world's marine ecosystems' emerged from a synthesis of recent research on the world's oceans, carried out by two of the world's leading marine scientists.
One of the authors of the report is Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, professor at The University of Queensland and the director of its Global Change Institute (GCI).
'We may see sudden, unexpected changes that have serious ramifications for the overall well-being of humans, including the capacity of the planet to support people. This is further evidence that we are well on the way to the next great extinction event,' says Hoegh-Guldberg.
'The findings have enormous implications for mankind, particularly if the trend continues. The earth's ocean, which produces half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs 30 percent of human-generated carbon dioxide, is equivalent to its heart and lungs. This study shows worrying signs of ill-health. It's as if the earth has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day!,' he added.
'We are entering a period in which the ocean services upon which humanity depends are undergoing massive change and in some cases beginning to fail', he added.
The 'fundamental and comprehensive' changes to marine life identified in the report include rapidly warming and acidifying oceans, changes in water circulation and expansion of dead zones within the ocean depths.
These are driving major changes in marine ecosystems: less abundant coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves (important fish nurseries); fewer, smaller fish; a breakdown in food chains; changes in the distribution of marine life; and more frequent diseases and pests among marine organisms.
Study co-author John F. Bruno, associate professor in marine science at The University of North Carolina, says greenhouse gas emissions are modifying many physical and geochemical aspects of the planet's oceans, in ways 'unprecedented in nearly a million years'.
'This is causing fundamental and comprehensive changes to the way marine ecosystems function,' Bruno warned, according to a GCI release.
These findings were published in Science.
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Another manmade disaster
What can we do to avoid them?
THIS CAN GET EVEN WORSE WITH THE STORM SEASON COMING ON
We should really start working harder to find ways how to use less fossil fuel: Governments need to encourage growth in the fields of alternative energy, as this may save humanity in the long run.
Look at what is happening now and how much it will cost to fix it?
If all the money that we need to be spending to fix this manmade disaster was spend to find alternative energy we would be better off?
What do you think?
Have your say if you like?
This is what was reported in the news;
Storm threatens BP spill clean-up
The April 20 explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and has since caused the worst oil spill in US history. (Reuters: Carlos Barria)
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An approaching storm system is the latest threat to the massive oil spill containment effort in the Gulf of Mexico.
The US National Hurricane Centre is warning that a storm developing off Honduras could turn into a tropical cyclone and sweep into the Gulf of Mexico next week.
The US official heading the oil spill response effort, Admiral Thad Allen, warns that if the storm hits it will further disrupt containment efforts.
He says for safety's sake people and equipment will have to start moving from the damaged well site five days before any gale force winds hit.
"Obviously it's going to be a very negative effect on [the containment effort] because at some point we're going to have to break production and get those production units to a safe locale," he said.
Earlier this week BP's siphoning operation was disrupted when the containment cap over the leaking well was accidentally damaged.
The April 20 explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and has since caused the worst oil spill in US history.
The well is majority-owned by BP.