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What is the impact of a war on climate change?

The impact of war on the environment is immeasurable and far-reaching. The production of military equipment and the conduct of military operations can result in significant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which contribute to the dangerous phenomenon of climate change.

Take the production of a fighter jet, for instance, which alone can release tens of thousands of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The manufacturing of other weapons of war, such as tanks and missiles, also adds significantly to the carbon footprint. Transportation of military personnel and equipment, as well as the reliance on fossil fuels during military operations, further exacerbates the situation.

In the face of this dire reality, it is imperative that we find ways to reduce the carbon footprint of war. Minimizing the use of non-renewable fuels and exploring sustainable alternatives should be given top priority in our quest to protect the environment and ensure a healthier future for all.

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How mathematics is helping in the fight against climate change?

Mathematics plays a critical role in understanding and addressing climate change. Mathematical models are used to simulate and predict the impacts of climate change, as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of different strategies for mitigating and adapting to these impacts.

For example, mathematical models can be used to predict the trajectory of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, to model the impacts of different levels of greenhouse gas emissions on global temperatures and weather patterns, and to evaluate the costs and benefits of different options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, mathematical techniques are used to optimize the design and operation of renewable energy systems and to evaluate the potential for different technologies to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Finally, mathematics is used to analyze and interpret the large and complex datasets generated by climate and weather observations and experiments, and to extract insights and inform decision-making about climate change.

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Talk with Modester Lynn – How Climate Change is Impacting Kenya?

Climate risks pose serious threats to Kenyaโ€™s sustainable development goals. India and Kenya share a lot of similar concerns, in this talk of Conscious Citizens, Abhilash will discuss with Lynn the different aspects of climate issues concerning Kenya.

We have our guest Modester Lynn who is working closely towards activism in the environmental sector and volunteered for several environmental organizations like Kenya Organization for Environmental Education and Kenya Environmental Activist Network. Lynn currently holds the role of chairperson for the Kenya Inter-university Environmental Students Association (KIUESA), where she helps facilitate the projects that unify university environmental students in different parts of the country.

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Lynn also worked with libertarian organizations such as students for Liberty as a Local Coordinator to promote ideas of liberty as a key enhancer of social justice.

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High Level understanding of measuring wind speed with Python

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to use Python to infer wind speed based on anemometer data. Anemometers are devices that are used to measure wind speed and are connected to computers and other devices via USB connections. For instance, you can run a Python script to calculate the average wind speed over a given period of time. This is done by reading the anemometer data into a dataframe and then performing statistical calculations on the values.

Here is an example of how this could be done using Python:

import serial

# Open the serial port where the anemometer is connected
ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyUSB0', 9600)

# Read a line of data from the anemometer
line = ser.readline()

# Split the line into separate values
values = line.split(',')

# The wind speed is the first value in the list
wind_speed = float(values[0])

# Print the wind speed

# Close the serial port

This code assumes that the anemometer is connected to a USB port on the computer and is sending data in the form of a comma-separated string. The wind speed is the first value in the string, and it is converted to a float so that it can be used in calculations.

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AIML in Public Safety & Disaster Scenario

The use of artificial intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) systems can be an effective method for automating disaster response, but they need to be properly trained to interpret disasters for them to be useful.

Guest talk at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati zoom-live session on the launch of the 2022 batch of AIML certification, addressed the questions like;

  1. How AIML is helping this world to be a safer planet for a living?
  2. How big is this disaster problem?
  3. How humans have become intelligent over years by using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to handle Disasters?
  4. How the wildfire in technologically advanced countries is getting handled or maturing to get ready to handle?
  5. How drones are helping to fight disasters?
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How does climate change affect biodiversity?

This post will address a general question that I hear from many curious people: “How climate change is affecting biodiversityโ€. Letโ€™s understand what exactly is biodiversity. In other words, Biodiversity refers to any life form that has existed or exists on Earth. As you might assume from this word, every living thing, from humans to organisms, together makes up biodiversity. The relationships, cultural links, the lands and seascapes we live on, and even the animals we live with all play a role in maintaining a healthy, diverse, and intact planet. We can collectively refer to this as biodiversity.

Climate change impacts ecological processes in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Impacts can be measured on multiple processes at different levels of biological organization within ecosystems. In total, 82% of 94 ecological processes show evidence of being affected by climate change. Within levels of the organization, the percentage of processes impacted varies from 60% for genetics to 100% for species distribution.

Biodiversity is critical to virtually every aspect of our lives. In other words, we value biodiversity for both โ€“ its benefits to humankind and for the inherent value that it has. Humans obtain many essential needs from biodiversities, such as food, fuel, shelter, and medicine. It also provides important benefits such as the concentration of seeds, regulating climate, purifying water, cycling nutrients, and even controlling agricultural pests. Just to give you more perspective to think even broader on this is that Biodiversity has cultural value as well to humans, like for spiritual or religious reasons, for instance, this is more of a philosophical concept, but in its entirety, this is important to keep in mind.

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Russian-Ukrainian War 2022 and its impact on Climate Change (A Personal Note)

Whatโ€™s happening in Ukraine is really devastating. I believe that the world is moving in the direction of its total destruction. It is a tough statement to make, but I truly believe that, and I believe it for various reasons. Climate Change is among those important ones which are knocked up by this Russian-Ukrainian war.

Today Russia is demonstrating that powerful nations can have loopholes and can practically ignore the organisations like UN. United Nations which is responsible for preventing war and conflicts in the world, seems dramatically incapable. And this Russian-Ukrainian war has raised questions on the UN’s credibility now.

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As an intergovernmental body, the UN is supposedly the most powerful. And, this horrifies me. The UN was unable to stop this war due to Russia using a back door to trap it.

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How Russia-Ukraine war 2022 will impact Coal/Oil/Gas & Climate Change?

It is impossible to separate the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the global energy crisis and the eventual threat to climate change. This act of Russia can give a major setback on achieving net-zero for carbon.

The Russia Ukraine conflict is also bleak economically, but it may serve as a catalyst for decarbonization in Europe. It can force governments to increase their investments in zero-emission renewable energy sources and home and electric vehicles more aggressively. This can eventually help the faster transition to achieve the net-zero goals within the larger Climate Change action plan.

The world leaders met at the Glasgow COP26 summit three months ago and pledged ambitious cuts in fossil fuel consumption. As Russia is the top energy supplier for Europe, the debate about the threat of climate change has eclipsed discussions of the pivotal transition to renewable energy. Oil prices are climbing toward $100 a barrel while Russia is threatening a major confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

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Python Password validator complying GDPR, ISO 27001/27002, PCI DSS, and NIST 800-53

There are several requirements that a password validator should meet in order to be compliant with various standards such as GDPR, ISO 27001/27002, PCI DSS, and NIST 800-53. Here are some general guidelines for creating a strong and compliant password:

  1. Length: A password should be at least 8 characters long. Some standards may require longer passwords, up to 12 or 16 characters.
  2. Complexity: A password should contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name, address, or common words.
  3. Uniqueness: Each password should be unique and not used for any other accounts.
  4. Change frequency: It is recommended to change passwords at regular intervals, such as every 90 days or every year. Some standards may require more frequent changes.
  5. Storage: Passwords should be stored in a secure, encrypted format. They should not be written down or shared with anyone.
  6. Multi-factor authentication: It is recommended to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) in addition to a password, such as a code sent to your phone or a biometric factor like a fingerprint.
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25 books on climate change (Old is Gold 2006-2020) – Readers list 4

When we read the news about how much time we have to try to avoid irreversible, devastating climate change, we may feel overwhelmed, especially if we wish to limit our carbon footprint or take action to save the environment. There are many climate change books that are outlined for this topic (old is gold), and at times you may like the writing style of an author more than the other, or maybe the overall presentation. So before putting up this script I would like to thank all the fellow friends who have helped me add these books which are not included in the Readers List 1, 2, and 3. These books are supposed to be thrilling ones.

Just to give you a recap, this blog is part 4 of the Climate Change Readers list. Those who have not explored the books that I have highlighted in the previous 15 Climate Change Books to read in 2022 โ€“ Readers list 1 are encouraged to do so.

A short disclaimer; I haven't read all the books and I have compiled these titles basis the recommondation that I recieved from my fellow climate enthusiasts and readers. I have only read first 7 books out of the listed 30.

The following 25 books on climate change are excellent resources to read when you feel helpless about what you can do to help protect our environment – as well as to share with friends and family who are still trying to comprehend the threat of climate change.


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

An important work that combines intellectual history and natural history with reporting on the field to give us an accurate picture of the mass extinction unfolding right before our eyes. The diversity of life on earth abruptly and dramatically decreased five times over the last half a billion years.

The sixth extinction is now being monitored around the world by researchers. This is predicted to be the most devastating event since the asteroid impact which wiped out the dinosaurs. However, this time it is humans who are responsible for the disaster.

A decade’s worth of research from Elizabeth draws on dozens of disciplines, as she goes on field trips with many of them: geologists studying deep ocean cores, botanists following the tree line up the Andes, marine biologists diving off the Great Barrier Reef. The Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino are among the species she introduces, some extinct already and others in danger of disappearing.

In these stories, Kolbert traces the origins of the concept of extinction, first articulated in revolutionary Paris by the scientist Georges Cuvier through to the present day, through a moving account of disappearances. Kolbert observes that humanity’s sixth extinction will likely be its most lasting legacy; it forces us to rethink our defining characteristics as humans.

AuthorElizabeth Kolbert
My completion time28 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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