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Global Warming and Unaffected Day and Night under the Sun's Gaze

Global Warming and Unaffected Day and Night under the Sun's Gaze

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Global warming and Unaffected Day and Night under the Sun's Control

Despite Global warming and Climate disorder caused by us, the Sun is beyond our reach. Human actions could not affect Earth's day and night pattern ever.

The Unusual February Heat and the Unaffected Day and Night

Late yesterday morning, for local shopping as I stepped out of the cosy comfort of my room, the intense heat in the open stopped me in my tracks. I looked up at the sky with surprise. Such extraordinary heat in February!

With age, I've grown accustomed to the heat of summer. It does not perturb me as it once used to. But this unusual February heat had shaken me.

Stepping into the shop, I found the attendant, a young man, seemingly unperturbed by the weather. Curious, I asked him about the heat, “Have you ever witnessed such heat in February?” Unperturbed, he replied,  "Uncle, our memories often fail us when it comes to past climate events, let alone those from years ago."

Then he met my query with a thoughtful reminder, “Uncle, our memories often fail us regarding the past year’s climate, let alone that of three years ago”, steering the conversation away from the heat to the increasing pollution and declining quality and rising prices of vegetables over the past decade.

I conceded his point. The world is in flux, and with it, our weather patterns. He cited Kolkata’s escalating pollution as a contributing factor—a city rhythmically ushering in day and night, seemingly indifferent to human influence.

Though we shared common ground, I sensed his concerns ran deeper. After all, he faces many more years on this changing Earth than I.

I returned home but couldn't shake off the feeling of unease brought on by the day's heat. I was convinced in my sensory judgment, that I had never felt such intense midday heat in February.

I sought my son, who, preoccupied, listened as I expressed my astonishment at the day’s heat. “Remember our forest trip last year March? We wandered the woods without any discomfort,” I reminded him. He nodded in agreement, his face calm. Not even he shared my concern. He is still young.

I resumed my work and continued immersed in it, oblivious to what was happening around me. The afternoon waned. Suddenly I was startled—the daylight dimmed so much that writing became difficult. What happened? Is it an early norwester? I looked out of the window. Nope, no sign of any cloud in the sky. It is simply dusk falling. A glance at my watch showed it was only 4:45 pm. April has much longer days!

In that moment, clarity dawned. The principle of disproportion hit me hard. Despite the early hour, dusk was setting in, a stark reminder of the dissonance between February's short days and the April-like heat I had experienced earlier in the day. Throughout the afternoon while working, my mind assumed it was April.

I felt, more than I understood, the impact of the damage wrought upon by man on the Earth's environment by his ever growing consumption of energy and wayward ways of living. It was a poignant reminder of the misalignments of weather imbalance brought on by Global warming and the unchanging day-night Earthly cycle dictated by our Sun.

But, still haunted by the gloomy future, I found solace in the stark truth:

Despite Global warming and Climate disorder caused by us, Earth still has its unaffected day and night under the Sun's control.

Author's note: The maximum temperature in Kolkata on 20th February, 2016 was indeed 97 degree F, the highest in previous 10 years that I examined, with average maximum temperature being 87 degree F. The original article was written on the spur of the moment and posted as The Sun is beyond us on 21st February, 2016.

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Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the objective of the IPCC is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations. The IPCC is an organization of governments that are members of the United Nations or WMO. The IPCC currently has 195 members. Thousands of people from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC.

Global warming and Urban pollution are actually here

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Global warming, driven primarily by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, accelerating consumption and deforestation, leads to rising temperatures and altered weather patterns. Urban pollution exacerbates these effects, particularly in densely populated areas like Kolkata, where emissions from vehicles and industrial activities contribute to air pollution and further intensify the heat island effect.

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Trends and Significant Global Actions towards Mitigation

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the urgent need to address global warming and urban pollution. Governments, international organizations, businesses, and civil society have been actively engaged in efforts to mitigate these twin threats and transition towards a more sustainable future.

  1. Climate Agreements: The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), represents a landmark global commitment to combat climate change. Countries pledged to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, countries are required to submit updated and more ambitious climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), every five years.
  2. Renewable Energy Transition: There has been a significant shift towards renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower as alternatives to fossil fuels. Governments and businesses are investing in renewable energy infrastructure and technology, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development. Initiatives such as the Renewable Energy for All (RE4A) program and the Global Renewable Energy Transition (GRET) initiative are driving this transition at the global level.
  3. Green Urban Planning: Cities around the world are implementing measures to reduce urban pollution and enhance environmental sustainability. This includes promoting public transportation, investing in green infrastructure such as parks and green spaces, implementing clean energy initiatives, and adopting sustainable waste management practices. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of megacities committed to addressing climate change, is playing a key role in advancing green urban planning initiatives globally.
  4. Climate Finance: Mobilizing financial resources for climate action is essential for addressing global warming and urban pollution. International financial institutions, governments, and private sector entities are investing in climate mitigation and adaptation projects, particularly in developing countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Initiatives such as the Green Climate Fund and the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds are providing financial support for climate-resilient infrastructure, renewable energy projects, and other climate mitigation initiatives.
  5. Public Awareness and Education: Increasing public awareness and understanding of the causes and impacts of global warming and urban pollution is crucial for fostering collective action and behavior change. Educational campaigns, advocacy efforts, and community engagement initiatives are raising awareness about climate change and encouraging individuals to take meaningful action in their daily lives, such as reducing energy consumption, adopting sustainable transportation options, and supporting climate-friendly policies.

What we can do

  • We can control our individual consumption of energy to contribute as much as possible individually. For example, we can easily forego ownership of a car and choose to travel by public transport. In Kolkata and most large cities we have Metros, and good bus services.
  • We can spread awareness of the gravity of the situation and the importance of acting even alone, towards mitigating the impact of the twin threats. We can discuss with our friends or write articles to publish in free websites.
  • We can join community movements towards the mitigation goal.
  • We can join larger nationwide or worldwide movements.

In short, by understanding and addressing the underlying causes of global warming and urban pollution, we can work towards creating a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.