‘Cleaning the world’: A new model for ecological protection
Cleaning the world has become a global imperative.
For a while now, governments and business leaders have been grappling with how best to deal with the problem.
Here are three things we’ve learned about the environmental impact of global warming, from the models used by governments and companies to the lessons they’re learning from the current environment.1.
The big problem isn’t climate changeThe global warming problem is much bigger than climate change, says James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Hansen is a senior fellow at the think tank.
Hansen says there are some simple things we can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have global warming-related impacts.
For example, if we continue to burn fossil fuels at a pace of 2,000 to 3,000 billion tons per year, then we’re already in danger of leaving about 20% of the Earth’s land surface covered by forests, lakes, and rivers that are worth more than $30 trillion per year in global economic value.
That’s $20,000 per person annually.2.
Climate change isn’t just about warming temperatures3.
If we don’t change our ways, we will leave the planet more vulnerable to more extreme weather, floods, and droughts.
But we can’t simply stop doing what we’re doing, Hansen says.
Climate-change-induced damage is happening right now.
Hansen believes that unless we take action, we could see an even bigger loss of habitat in the future.
So, we need to change our way of thinking about what it means to clean the planet.
Cleaning up the environment is a human endeavor4.
We need to understand what’s really happening, and then make the changes that are needed5.
The bigger problem isn: Climate change or not?
It’s clear that we are living through a significant environmental change, Hansen argues.
Climate scientists estimate that if we stop burning fossil fuels today, we are going to end up with less than 1% of our world surface covered in forests, he says.
Hansen thinks it’s time to rethink the environmental issue.
If you’re a person who thinks that we can get away with a certain amount of greenhouse gas emission without being in a dire situation, then you might not want to listen to climate scientists.
He says we need a more sophisticated approach to climate change that includes both human actions and natural changes, such as ocean acidification, sea level rise, or ocean acidifying plants.
In this case, Hansen believes we can find a solution to the problem through technology.
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The idea of global governance has been around for centuries, but governments have not had a great deal of control over their environmental environments.
Hansen, a former scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), believes governments have been doing a bad job of protecting the environment.
He’s a proponent of what’s called “co-governance,” a model that combines governance and environmental protection.
This means that all levels of government, businesses, and civil society have a responsibility to protect the environment, but not to be the cause of the problem itself.
“If you have a global problem, you can have co-governor governments and co-pollinator-friendly societies,” Hansen says, which are often referred to as co-ops.
Governments can create new co-operative bodies to co-ordinate environmental protection, and the people who run these bodies have a mandate to do the right thing, like ensuring that pollution is reduced.
Co-operative models like this are a natural extension of how governance works.
What’s the problem?
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing by an average of 4.8 million tons per second.
In addition, a lot of carbon is being released into the atmosphere, Hansen explains.
So how do we stop this increase?
Hansen believes one of the most effective things we could do is reduce emissions from our cars, homes, and factories, and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.
The solution, he argues, is to increase the amount we burn.
And this is where governments are struggling to get their act together.
“Co-op” is a bit of a misnomer.
Hansen doesn’t believe we can solve the climate change problem through climate co-operation.
Instead, he believes we need some sort of “ecological co-operat[ion],” in which citizens are able to form their own local environmental co-ordination.
This would mean we could work together on environmental issues and use our resources to make a positive impact.
But there’s another problem with this idea: it would not be legally binding.
In fact, the co-op models and coop models themselves have not been scientifically validated.
For this reason, many climate change experts are skeptical of co-cooperative models,