Paris2015. Many Observing How Few Talk. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
All media platforms are covering the UN Climate Talks being held in Paris.
For those currently attending to these talks and meetings, they have the option to listen, observe and even for some, they can engage in proactive talks.
Among those getting involved in talks, some represent more powerful positions than others. And meanwhile powerful people talk, we, less powerful and influential, we can just observe.
When I was looking at the features being implemented by the organizers to allow access through the web to relevant information I came across the stats applied to promote the use of social media. I found interesting the following image since I believe that it represents my previous words. When powerful people talk we can only observe.
For those of us who can not be at the conferences I believe that there are couple of relevant websites to keep in mind:
From the UN Climate Change home website:
- Virtual participation
- High-Level Segment
- Leaders Event
- Schedule of Meetings
- Daily Programme
- COP 21
- CMP 11
- SBI 43
- SBSTA 43
- ADP 2-12
- Mandated Events
- Side Events
My take on PARIS2015
Sure each one of you would interpret it in your own way. For me, I just thought that “we are Just observing to those who are Just talking. I hope they are surrounded by knowledgeable people they can Just listen to.”
My posture on Climate Adaptation is based on the concept of that the stability of our climate is directly linked with the stability of our environment. And therefore, any technology applied to manipulate energy (energy is not produced or destroyed, just transformed and transferred) must be studied under one principle:
- The suitability for any policy and technology to mitigate climatic drifts, either considered renewable or otherwise, depends directly on its impact over the ability of the environment to regenerate the resources consumed (solid, liquid and volatile) and recover from the transformation enforced in any part of the ecosystem (Biosphere, Land, Water and Atmosphere) throughout any of the stages followed, such as:
- Upgrading obsolete stages,
- and, Recycle, Reuse or Treatment of subsidiary residuals throughout all the stages (solid, liquid or volatile). From its development to disposal due to functional state at the end-of-live (EOL) .
Applying a gas-powered chain saw or an electric chain saw or axes to cut down trees without sustainable management would not make any difference in the long run.
Designing technologies to replace the functionality of trees as carbon sinks meanwhile clearing vast amounts of forested land cover to obtain the minerals and land surface required for their manufacture, application and maintenance would make no sense in the long run.
Our global ecosystem is made off individual parts. Each one playing roles individually as much as throughout interacting synergies. The diversity in the distribution and composition of biological systems, water bodies and landmarks around the globe responds to such dichotomy of functionality. Forests, lakes, desserts, meadows, wetlands, … show specific properties adapted to local features (water availability, topography, wind speed, altitude, …) but associated with the developments of events involved in the global circulation.
Altogether, they have demonstrated through millennia that this system can absorb changes in external forces, minimize its impact and recover from such pressure.
The capacity of the human specie to interfere with the capacity for regeneration and recovery of the global environment carries, under my point of view, a way more dangerous risk in the long run than only the raise of temperatures and sea level.
So far our environment is reacting to the perturbation of having our activities changing the composition of the atmosphere, biodiversity and land cover and use as the main forcings. We know that the Earth has faced perturbations from other forces in the past based on ice core and fossil records. If any of those forces, either Solar activity, volcanic, cosmic rays, tilt, asteroids or intern planetary fluctuations on its core come in place, our environment will not only be not prepared to absorb the perturbation, it will not even recover from it. And we haven’t considered yet the possibility of facing a perturbation which could stop the development and application of any of our technology, renewable or not, such as a magnetic solar flare.
In that case, we will have to rely on the environment to absorb and recover from the perturbation. Will we have an environment strong enough to rely on for our protection?
Human activities are a problem. Now we are facing the question of if they can be the solution. But, can they be both, the problem and the solution?
I believe that this is a question with more deep considerations than falling blindly under the concepts of “Bio” and “Renewable”. We should consider how innocuous all those strategies are for what we want, or need, to preserve.
If Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, sure this is a renewable talk plenty of resources to be naturally replenished on a human timescale.
We are Just observing to those who are talking.
I hope they are surrounded by knowledgeable people they also listen to.
Among others I would like to point out to related posts been published previously under the categories Environmental Resilience, Biological Productivity, Influence of Continentality and/or Inland Water bodies and Water cycle.
Also, here I leave some specific related previous publications:
- Debating Climate, Environment and Planetary evolution. Define your position. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on October 2, 2014 by
- Domesticating Nature. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) May 7, 2015
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I believe that the hypothesis that I have presented in previous posts in this blog (here,here and here) could help to understand present and possible future scenarios in atmospheric circulation. However, this is an assessment based on observation which needs to be validated throughout open discussion and data gathering. So please feel free to incorporate your thoughts and comments in a constructive manner.
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For anybody interested in the posts related with this discussion here I leave you those more relevant in chronological order (there are comments bellow some of them. Please check them out):
- New theory proposal to assess possible changes in Atmospheric Circulation (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on October 21, 2014. http://wp.me/p403AM-k3
- Why there is no need for the Polar Vortex to break in order to have a wobbling Jet Stream and polar weather? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on November 14, 2014. http://wp.me/p403AM-mt
- Gathering data to make visible the invisible (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on December 22, 2014. http://wp.me/p403AM-pN
- State of the Polar Vortex. Broken? From 29 Nov 2014 to 5th Jan 2015 (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla). Posted on November 29, 2014. http://wp.me/p403AM-o7
- Probability in the atmospheric circulation dictating the Weather (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on January 15, 2015. http://wp.me/p403AM-rm
- Meteorological Outlook Feb 2015 (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) Posted on February 7, 2015. http://wp.me/p403AM-sU
- Revisiting the theory of “Facing a decrease in the differential gradients of energy in atmospheric circulation” by Diego Fdez-Sevilla. Posted on February 10, 2015. http://wp.me/p403AM-to
- Matching Features Between Land Surface and Atmospheric Circulation (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)April 23, 2015
- Drops of Weather. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)March 7, 2015
- Steering climate´s course (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)March 27, 2015
- Climate. Looking at the forest for the trees (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)April 9, 2015
- Matching Features Between Land Surface and Atmospheric Circulation (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)April 23, 2015
- Domesticating Nature. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)May 7, 2015
- A roller-coaster of temperatures in South Europe. Spain (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)May 14, 2015
- Talking about climate (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)May 12, 2015
- News from an Ecosystem (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)May 20, 2015
- In climate it is becoming Less probable to not have a High probability. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)May 29, 2015
- Drinking from the source (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)June 5, 2015
- Communication takes more than just publishing thoughts. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)June 9, 2015
- Extreme climatic events, implications for projections of species distributions and ecosystem structure (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)June 18, 2015
- The scope of Environmental Science and scientific thought. From Thought-driven to Data-driven, from Critical Thinking to Data Management. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)June 26, 2015
- Atmospheric Circulation and Climate Drift. Are we there yet? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)July 2, 2015
- Lateral thinking. From Micro to Macro (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)July 4, 2015
- Something for the curious minds. Climate and Streamlines (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)July 17, 2015
- Solar Activity and Human Activity, Settling Their Environmental Liability. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)July 24, 2015
- Atmospheric composition and thermal conductivity? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)August 6, 2015
- Latitudinal barriers and typhoons (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)August 13, 2015
- The Earth is Ticking (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)August 20, 2015
- What if, the relevant bit lies hidden on identifying the pattern behind similarities instead of trying to match anomalies? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)September 3, 2015
- A Climate “Between Waters” (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla).September 8, 2015
- Sensing Atmospheric Dynamics (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)September 22, 2015
- InFormAtion. The “Act” of “Giving Form” to “Knowledge” (by Diego fdez-Sevilla)September 30, 2015
- Arctic Intake of Water Vapour (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)October 7, 2015
- SST Anomalies and Heat Waves. Are They Not All Just Heat Displacements? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)October 16, 2015
- Discussing Climatic Teleconnections. Follow Up On My Previous Research (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)October 21, 2015
- Follow-up on Arctic circulation 30 Oct 2015 ( by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) October 30, 2015
- There is Ice or Frost In Antarctica? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 5, 2015
- Starts Raining Drops of Winter at Mid-Latitudes. The new Autumn? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 10, 2015
- Press release. Ask NASA (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 12, 2015
- Following the Behaviour of the Jet Stream (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 19, 2015
- What Is Wrong With The Concept “Bio”? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) November 26, 2015