Peter Hale “Climate Change: where are we now?”
Mr Hale not only gave an interesting talk on global warming but led a lively discussion with the members on what has now become a controversial topic.Peter is a graduate engineer with a background in computers, he has a long term interest in climate change & began giving talks in 2004.
The majority of climate researchers believe that the main cause of the rapidly changing climate, especially since 1975, is our fossil fuel-
Although burning of coal, oil and gas is the main contributor, other causes of greenhouse gas emissions include: deforestation, decaying material in landfill sites & the rapidly increasing world population adds to the scale of all these things. Since pre-
International initiatives such as the Kyoto Agreement have tried to curb the growth of greenhouse gases & mitigate the effects this may have on the planet. However, the countries responsible for 55% of 1990 emissions did not ratify this treaty, after the USA refused in 2001. The large developing countries, especially China, India and Brazil, took part in the discussions but did not adopt reduction targets. Notwithstanding the failure of others, the UK undertook to reduce its emissions by 12.5%. The EU has adopted a market -
In Europe, carbon is being traded at around £10 per tonne. In the short term the best strategy is to reduce the use of energy as far as possible. In the medium term other methods of generating energy, for example tidal power, wind power & cleaner nuclear power need to be developed. There are now a panel of speakers & a website (http://www.climate-
A vote of thanks was proposed by Dan Humphrey