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of our energy indulgences our ice caps are
melting, sea levels rising and deserts are spreading.
rate at which we are consuming fossil fuels is causing global
warming and changing our climate, possible irreversibly if
our world leaders do nothing.
plain truth is that international politics is not working. If
the present system was working, we would not be facing these tragedies.
Sloth is the enemy. Instead of jerking their fingers from a
hot oven, they relish burns. Politicians need to improve their
reaction times or fry.
rise in ocean temperature is doing more harm that just making sea levels rise as the
polar ice caps melt. These were the planet's heat sink and
they are vanishing at an alarming rate.
and wind power for ocean transport would help to combat
climate change, but only if we act now to develop alternative
technologies that will allow us to adapt in time so that we do
not lose the international trade we enjoy.
CARBON WORKBOAT -
The draft specification for SeaVax, is for a vessel
capable of filtering seawater using only energy from nature, so not adding to
climate change and acid oceans. The vessel needs to be of a size to cope with
8 million tons of plastic entering the sea every year, operating in
numerically containable fleets to transport recovered plastic to land for
recycling. This design has 220 m2 of solar panels. A similar energy harvesting
concept for bigger boats and ships has 334
m2 on a lightweight superstructure to offer over 3kW per
ton for cargo and cruise vessels.
are just six ways that warmer temperatures are affecting our
As early as 1990, coral reef expert Tom Goreau and I pointed
out that mass coral bleaching events observed during the
1980’s were probably due to anomalously warm temperatures
related to climate
Mass coral bleaching results in the starvation, shrinkage and
death of the corals that support the thousands of species that
live on coral
In addition, many fish
species have moved toward the poles in response to ocean
warming, disrupting fisheries around the world.
EMERGENCY - On October 15 2019 East Sussex County Council will debate a climate emergency motion. The conservative proposal has no commitment to zero carbon by 2030 and no measurable targets or deadlines for action. This is not good enough. Please sign our petition calling for East Sussex County Council to follow the lead of Hastings, Lewes and Eastbourne and commit to zero carbon by 2030 and a plan to get there.
We know that climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made it clear that we only have until 2030 to take positive action.
District and borough councils across East Sussex have made commitments to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 including
Eastbourne, but this won’t happen without a similar commitment by East Sussex County Council.
Let the County Council know how you feel, and add your signature to our plea to recognise that the climate emergency is the responsibility of all levels of local government. Call on them to declare a state of emergency and take real action across the county.
To: Cllr David Elkin, Chair, East Sussex County Council
From: Frank Kay
Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century. Avoiding the worst impacts is still possible, but only if national, regional and local authorities take rapid and ambitious action now. Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve life for people worldwide.
District and borough councils across East Sussex have already made commitments to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, including Hastings, Lewes and Eastbourne. But meeting this target will be impossible without a similar commitment from East Sussex County Council.
We therefore call on East Sussex County Council to:
• Declare a climate emergency
• Set a target for East Sussex to be carbon neutral by 2030 and put a plan in place within six months to achieve this aim.
• Put this goal at the forefront of all future decision making
• Call on Government to support the Council to achieve this aim
• Be pro-active as the education authority in ensuring the young people of East Sussex have a voice in shaping this zero carbon future.
• To support a series of county wide citizens’ assemblies on the climate crisis and implement their recommendations.
• Commit to the principles outlined in the Wildlife Trust’s Nature Recovery Network that puts space for nature at the heart of our planning systems in order to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives.
• Revise the transport strategy to reduce car use and put walking, cycling and sustainable transport at the centre of future plans for the county.
• Commit to a zero waste strategy and embed the principles of a circular economy into its future corporate plan.
Limiting Global Warming to 1.5C may still be possible with ambitious action from national regional and local authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve life for people worldwide.
new study (21-8-17) by researchers at the University of
British Columbia explains that fish are cold blooded and
cannot regulate their own body temperatures. Thus, when their
waters get warmer, their metabolism accelerates and more oxygen
is needed to sustain body functions. For this reason fish
could shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean
temperatures rise by just 2°C (3.6°F) - about what is
expected to occur around the world by the mid-21st century.
Rising sea levels, partly the result of heat absorbed by the
ocean, is also “drowning” wetlands. Wetlands normally grow
vertically fast enough to keep up with sea level rise, but
recently the sea has been rising too fast for wetlands to keep
their blades above water.
Coral reefs and sea grass meadows are also in danger of
“drowning” since they can only photosynthesize in
relatively shallow water.
The ocean has absorbed about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide humans
have sent into the atmosphere since the start of the
Industrial Revolution – some 150 billion tons.
However, this great service, which has substantially slowed
global warming, has been accomplished at great cost: The trend
in ocean acidification is about 30 times greater than natural
variation, and average surface ocean pH, the standard measure
of acidity, has dropped by 0.1 unit - a highly significant
increase in acidity.
This is damaging many ocean species that use calcium carbonate
to form their skeletons and shells. Studies have shown that
calcium carbonate formation is disrupted if water becomes too
acidification also appears to be affecting whole
ecosystems, such as coral
reefs, which depend on the formation of calcium carbonate to
build reef structure, which in turn provides homes for reef
A disastrous positive feedback loop
Finally, acidification also appears to be reducing the amount
of sulfur flowing out of the ocean into the atmosphere. This
reduces reflection of solar radiation back into space,
resulting in even more warming.
This is the kind of positive feedback loop that could result
in run-away climate change – and of course, even more
disastrous effects on the ocean.
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COP 2, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
COP 3, KYOTO, JAPAN
COP 4, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
COP 5, BONN, GERMANY
6, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
COP 7, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
COP 8, NEW DELHI, INDIA
COP 9, MILAN, ITALY
COP 10, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
COP 11/CMP 1, MONTREAL, CANADA
COP 12/CMP 2, NAIROBI, KENYA
COP 13/CMP 3, BALI, INDONESIA
COP 14/CMP 4, POZNAN, POLAND
COP 15/CMP 5, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
COP 16/CMP 6, CANCUN, MEXICO
COP 17/CMP 7, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
COP 18/CMP 8, DOHA, QATAR
COP 19/CMP 9, WARSAW, POLAND
COP 20/CMP 10, LIMA, PERU
COP 21/CMP 11, Paris, France
COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1, Marrakech, Morocco
COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 2, Bonn, Germany
COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 3, Katowice, Poland
COP 25/CMP 15/CMA 4, Santiago, Chile
COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 5, to be announced
Rome, Italy, 29 Sept to 10 Oct 1997
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21 Sept to 2 Oct 2009
Dakar, Senegal, 30 Nov to 11 Dec 1998
Changwon, South Korea, 10 to 20 Oct 2011
Recife, Brazil, 15 to 26 Nov 1999
Windhoek, Namibia, 16 to 27 Sept 2013
Bonn, Germany, 11 to 22 Dec 2000
Ankara, Turkey, 12 to 23 Oct 2015
Geneva, Switzerland, 1 to 12 Oct 2001
Ordos City, China, 6 to 16 Sept 2017
Havana, Cuba, 25 August to 5 Sept 2003
New Delhi, India, 2 to 13 Sept 2019
Nairobi, Kenya, 17 to 28 Oct 2005
Madrid, Spain, 3 to 14 Sept 2007
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Plastic has accumulated in five ocean hot spots called
gyres, see here in this world map derived from information
published by 5 Gyres.
FOOD SLOW DEATH - It's not just fast food, it
is our exploitative society that is poisoning the planet, without thought
for the consequences. We've been living at artificially low prices at the
expense of killing other life on earth. Eat cheap now and suffer later, with
health services picking up the tab and costing the taxpayer more than if
we'd dealt with ocean dumping up front.
is possible to turn the tide of plastic into a revenue stream
and at the same time reduce climate change - where plastic
packaging has a smaller carbon
footprint than other packaging mediums.
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