Global warming, the signs of a global warning
By Peter Makwana
So much has been said about global warming.
Meetings and conferences continue to be organized on the management of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
As all of this unfolds, global emissions data and quantifications point to increased extreme heat, reduced rainfall, water stress, floods, droughts, and natural disasters, among others.
Therefore, nations must remember that it is no longer business as usual. Global warming forces nations to be proactive.
Global warming should not be treated in isolation and it should be taken seriously instead of taking palliative measures and proposing peace measures which only aggravate the problem.
Global warming has not only affected environmental landscapes, but also economic growth, industrialization and human capital development.
These are impacted by uncertainties, low agricultural production, the absence of fluid energy transitions, low-carbon economies and weak adaptation and resilience-building capacities.
All of these serve as global warnings compelling nations to act. Despite these global warnings, rich, polluting nations continue to ignore and pay lip service to accelerated global warming activities in the context of greenwashing.
In the context of large-scale ecological degeneration and negative impacts, piecemeal measures pass for mitigation and adaptation measures, worsening the already dire situation.
As activities related to global warming continue to result in large-scale climate change, the economy turns negative. The slowing down of the wheels of economic growth also has an impact on policy alignment and integration.
As high and low temperatures continue to bite, failing ecosystems, claiming lives in humans, livestock and animals, nations are facing the grim reality of the global impacts of climate change. Not all forms of evidence can serve as a global warning despite these findings. The time for role-playing and drama is running out, and inaction is more worrisome than ever.
Due to low adaptive capacities, carbon emissions inequality gaps and poor implementation and mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals, global climate impacts are on the rise and are now a real source of concern.
Due to uncertainties, human beings tend to relax and forget their close relationship with nature, including their underlying stewardship and the need to safeguard the sustainable future that every nation cherishes.
As the global warnings continue to manifest, unfold and take hold in the public domain, many nations are experiencing degrowth, thus sliding into the economic abyss.
The human cost of heat is constantly increasing and becoming unbearable, the victims are also increasing.
These climate tolls are the result of global warnings being ignored or handled with less zeal and insufficient motivation, commitment or financial support.
There is also pollution, the heat’s hidden partner in the global warming crisis and many people are suffering from undisclosed long term food due to contamination and toxins including mental health issues as such , global warming is no longer imagined. There are serious global warnings that require collective and collaborative efforts.
Unfortunately, small nation states remain vulnerable and exposed to these harsh realities. These groups of weak nations have weak financial bases and their internal adaptive power is affected and also their dependence on fossil fuels is a global reminder and warning sign.
A number of these countries are at the epicenter of climate-induced vices, such as water scarcity, energy poverty, lack of food security and sovereignty, toxic policies and poor climate governance issues, among other things, leading to climate security issues.
Floods and droughts, two sides of a catastrophic coin, continue to be reminders of global concerns. Thus, too much rain can lead to catastrophic flooding while too little rain can make landscapes unproductive or uninhabitable, among other things.
Climate-induced global warnings act as negative feedback processes, counterbalancing climate change in both directions.
Even the positive feedbacks between carbon dioxide and climate change are offset by the negative ones.
It is in this context that we ignore entrenched global warnings that play out in the public domain at our peril. Global warming, global warning signs need to be seriously questioned around the world.
- Peter Makwanya is a climate change communicator. He writes here in a personal capacity and can be contacted at: [email protected]