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Why Young People Are Ready to Fight Climate Change

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Why Young People Are Ready to Fight Climate Change

In March 2011, when I got out of the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, I was excited. It was my first trip home since I had left Nepal in 2007 to pursue higher education in the United States. My excitement didn’t last long. As I got out of the airport, my eyes started to itch. There was a lot of smog in the air compared to 2007. My family and friends confirmed that air pollution had increased.
 
Three months ago, when I was in Nepal again, catching up with friends, I discovered their concern about air pollution had grown. Some had even decided not to buy cars or motorbikes, but to use public transportation or bikes to avoid contributing to pollution.
 
It seems that the mindset of my friends roughly reflects the views of youth worldwide. From Nepal to the United States, young people are increasingly mindful of how their behavior impacts the planet.

This generation has different aspirations than its predecessors. Rachel Kyte, vice president of Sustainable Development at the World Bank Group, said that members of the current generation define success in terms of their ability to access resources easily for themselves and for their peers – for instance, bike-sharing programs that allow urban dwellers to easily rent a bike. “You are a global generation,” she said when I spoke to her recently to find out how young people can address climate change. She said that the connectedness of young people gave this generation unprecedented power.
 
Today’s young people are “digital natives” who use technology and social media to raise their voice. Kyte emphasized that location-specific device allow users to demand quality of services. Through these devices young people can make common cause global and impact change. Her belief in ability of youth is inspiring.

There are more than 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24. The world has never before seen this proportion of young people in its documented history. They will inherit a world facing the impacts of climate change.
 
Earlier this summer, the Bank projected catastrophic consequences of climate change by 2030s if we as a global community fail to act. From Asia to Africa, there will be irreversible consequences. In Sub-Saharan Africa, up to 80% of cropland could become infertile by the 2040s. And we will see an 11% drops in crop production in Vietnam.
 
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The urgency of climate change is real. It will directly shape our lives. Our employment opportunities, our ability to feed ourselves, our ability to breathe clean air and access energy depend on the people in power and how this generation manages the tradeoff, Kyte said. That is why young people need to be as activist as possible, she believes.
 
An environmental activist herself in the 1980s, Kyte says climate change is not “about your kids. It’s about you.” “What would happen to the generation that would come after us and our responsibility to them,” she says was the motivating factor for her and her peers in 1980s. “That still has to be the motivating factor for this generation.”
 
While the motivating factor to fight the climate change might not have changed, the global society is now definitely more complex and interconnected than it was three decades ago. For us as a global society to mitigate the effects of climate change, we need to change the way we live our lives and use resources. These changes won’t be easy.

But the value shift in young people makes Kyte optimistic about our ability to help the world walk a path to sustainability. I asked Kyte what her advice is for young people.
 
“Do the courageous thing. If we all do that, then we can make a big difference in a very short period of time.”

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Submitted by John Ryan on

Lie!!!! Current climate change is not the work of man, not even accelerates. What are causing changes in the Sun and the Earth's magnetic polarity. Now stop lying to the world about it.NASA and other definitively tell the truth and not mislead unwary, making a business with this!!

Submitted by soso on

Dear Madam or Sir,
In order to solve problems global warming and climate changes I would like to represent you my invention called “Atmosphere pump effect and it’s usage in meteorology, energetic and ecology”

Extreme conditions of atmosphere processes, their global or local changes threaten with natural miseries even highly-developed and economically stable countries. That’s why it is up-today task to use disastrous processes of atmosphere for their neutralization, improvement of people’s environmental conditions, and contribution to his practical activity. In order to solve this problem, I would like to represent you my invention called “atmosphere pump effect and perspectives of it usage in meteorology, energetic and ecology”, which is related to atmosphere technologies and has various spectrums of usage spheres. Namely, it concerns transformation of atmosphere inner potential(pressures) energies into kinetic energy, modification of weather, schemes of its regulation and techniques, cleaning of atmosphere air from harmful mixtures, mechanisms regulation of climate changes and regulation of global warming, cleaning of airdromes and cosmodromes from fogs and storm-clouds and etc.
According to the formula of the invention, between the ends of hermetic pipeline of sufficient length (20 km and more) because of constantly curvatures of synoptic relief, there are always differences in atmosphere pressures. Because of this fact, the air starts to move directionally in the open pipeline, air masses begin to spread from one geographic point to another, focused regular and stable air currency of huge speeds is formed, new energetic canals of transfer of air masses and potential energies are opened, which is similar to the current of hydrologic streams (rivers, oil tubing) on the land relief. By such technologies destructive squalls of open atmosphere will enfolds in pipeline regulate streams.
Atmospheric squally circulatory air movement is transition in to divergent advection.
To observe on reveal and examination pump effect, it is simple possible on any hermetic piece of already construction pipelines, the difference of atmosphere pressures between which open conclusions is exceed (1-2) mb.
During typical difference of pressures (5 mb/100km) and pipeline radiuses (r=1-3m) we receives stream speeds (50-100m/sec), which when applied to electro-generation turbine develop power of 100-1000 mw. And the smog filled with harmful concentration of 100(mg/m3 ) lying on the inhabited area covering 100km2 , will be fully dissolved in the layer of 50m height in 24 hours.
It is also possible to transfer huge air streams coming through a pipeline into the filter keeping carbonated gas (co2), owing to which the concentration of co2 will be reduced and radiation leak of warmth from the planet will be adjustably controlled. It is directly connected with global warming and with climate changes. Moreover, it is possible to filter atmosphere air from Freon gases, that destroy ozone layer and from other bacteriological or chemical harmful mixtures.
By the means of suitable network configuration of such pipelines, construction on the probably stable locality of synoptic relief and managing air streams in them it becomes possible to change desirable direction of thermo pressures field in local geographical area. The technical level of pipelines, the analysis of weather maps and modern development of forecasting, mobile systems of collection information and its exchanging make it possible to regulate efficiently air masses and pressure evolution on the network of pipelines created on the surface in order proportion time weakening and to prevent such kinds of natural miseries as : flood, droughts, frost, fevers, hail, gushing humidity, squalls, erosions, deserting of areas and etcetera, in order to synthesize advisable weather parameters in the local geographic area. I have worked out several concrete schemes of such influence and physical basics provided for thermodynamic factors, rotation and centrifugal forces, and for realization it is necessary to be conduct simulator-experimental works.
Energetic potential accumulated in an average anti-cyclone is equivalent to milliards of tons of relative fuel and the power of alternative, renewed source is competitive with atom energies. Even 0.1% of its usage will give us electricity worth ten millions of dollars just in 24 hours. It is also possible to insert it in the joint energetic network. Besides, don’t foresee coincident atmosphere processes, using it only for energetic reasons may worsen ecologic condition and causes undesirable weather events, which makes it possible for dangerous elements to be developed. That’s why transference of kinetic energy of the stream, moving in the pipeline into other system (for example, electro network) should be synchronized and coincidently with secure evolutions of synoptic processes.
By the technologies mentioned above destructive energies of atmosphere are used for their neutralization and don’t require additional energetic expenditures.
By the additional strange energetic powers in present synoptic system it is possible strained resonant synoptic processes with the purpose of military.
With negative discharge in on a large scale synoptic formation it is possible to be created contrary sign synoptic formation in a little scale, because of this fact weather creation parameters and same weather will changes in contrary sign grow feeble and escape exterminatory elements of weather.
Except this, with systematic pressures discharging it is also possible climate regulation.
Besides if carry out geo potential energy from present synoptic system into another (for example electro network), we could stimulate cyclone generalize processes, and anticyclone processes by contrary sign.
If you become interested in realization of any particular scheme, I’ll be ready to cooperate with you.

Sincerely yours,
Vasili Shakarashvili
E-mail: sososhakarashvili@mail.ru

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