Category Archives: Climate Change

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.

IIT-Guwahati Talk: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Public Safety & Disaster Scenario

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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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?
IIT-Guwahati Talk: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Public Safety & Disaster Scenario
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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.
Source: Science.org

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.

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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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.

#1

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
Pages336
My completion time28 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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15 climate change books (The hidden gems) – Readers list 3

Feeling overwhelmed and out of the loop regarding how climate change affects you on a daily basis? I understand, when you read through various available lists from the internet, there are a lot of those obvious books that everyone recommends. Here is a list of my 15 climate change books which I feel are the most unnoticed books, but trust me these hidden gems have taken my breaths apart.

Just to give you a recap, this blog is part 3 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 or to already have.

These books have exemplary things to tell you, and t is a definite read.

#1

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

How else could we explain our inability to imagine a better future in the face of global warming if we were not deranged? This is the question raised by renowned Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.

Ghosh examines the human inability to comprehend the scale and violence of climate change in his first nonfiction work since In an Antique Land. He claims that today’s extreme weather patterns are incapable of accommodating contemporary modes of thinking and imagining because of their extreme nature. In serious literary fiction, such improbability feels especially inapplicable: tornadoes and hundred-year storms are automatically relegated to other genres when they occur.

Several gross simplifications have been made in the writing of history as well; as Ghosh demonstrates, the history of the carbon economy is a tangled, contradictory, and counterintuitive one. To limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes with a price, as Ghosh explains. In much the same way, he argues, politics has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than collective action. He argues that fiction is better suited to the task of imagining alternative worlds than any other type of culture. His book serves as a call to action for the greatest writer of our time.

AuthorAmitav Ghosh
Pages176
My completion time9 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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15 climate change booksย released around COVID-19 – Readers list 2

Featuring 15 climate change books in this reading list written by a diverse group of scientists, journalists, and activists, these 15 titles offer insight into why we’re in a crisis – greenhouse emissions, of course, but also corporate malfeasance and social inequality.

Just to give you a recap, this blog is part 2 of the Readers list. If you haven’t explored the books that I have captured in 15 Climate Change Books to read in 2022 โ€“ Readers list 1, I recommend you to check out this list as well, or probably read them before.

The scariest thing about infectious diseases is that they are immediate, personal, and radically change the way we live, and they often threaten the lives of people in our close circle.

Many people see climate change as a slow-motion Armageddon, where its risks seem irrational and its causes seem abstract. It’s easy to think “I didn’t cause this” and “I ain’t affected directly.” But there is another perspective. Regardless of what you believe about climate change, if you are concerned about it, you can take steps now to improve the health of you and those who you love and care about.

This pandemic teaches us that people are motivated by what matters to them personally and practically. Climate change can be combated just by taking steps to make people healthier in the present – disease burdens like obesity, heart disease, and cancer are a big burden on our health right now. Our efforts need to increase in educating people about preventable diseases and what can be done to prevent them.

#1

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World

According to The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe is “one of the nation’s most effective communicators” on climate change. She knows how to bridge all sides of the conversation.

For Hayhoe, finding shared values is the key to connecting our individual identities to meaningful collective action when it comes to changing hearts and minds. She is known in her field as an icon and named as a chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy – and the book is not another doomsday tale. The book explores science, faith, and human psychology from a multilayered perspective.

Saving Us shows how small conversations can have astonishing results thanks to a combination of interdisciplinary research and personal experience. With its tools, Hayhoe helps you start a dialogue with your loved ones about how each of us can play a role in advancing change for the better.

AuthorKatharine Hayhoe
Pages320
My completion time16 Days
My personal rating4.5 out of 5.0 stars

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15 Climate Change Books to read in 2022 – Readers list 1

Climate change is causing Earth’s temperature to rise and natural disasters to occur more frequently. We will never be able to recover if we do not become increasingly conscious. And the best way to become conscious is to start by reading some interesting Climate Change books.

Recognizing the multitude of facts about the state of our planet is just the beginning. Having explored those facts, you’ll want to explore the interconnections between them; ranging from the disproportionate effects of climate change on Native populations to corporate profits.

Here are my 15 must-read climate change books that you should read in 2022. These are ordered according to my personal preference. In addition to many other books, these are the ones that climate activists and beginners alike will find useful. Feel free to give me your recommendations, if any.

#1

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. A team of physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, political scientists, and economists helped him to develop recommendations on what should be done to stop the planet’s slide toward certain environmental disasters. His book explains how and why we should strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero levels and also provides details on what we can do to accomplish this profound objective.

Despite the challenges we face, he presents them with clarity. He describes how technology already helps reduce emissions based on his understanding of innovation and the challenges of introducing new ideas to the market. In addition, he detailed what can be done to improve the effectiveness of current technologies, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these innovations.

To conclude, he outlines a concrete and practical plan for attaining zero emissions-not just describing policies that government should adopt, but also what individual citizens can do to ensure that their government and employers are held accountable. While the goal of achieving zero emissions is not going to be easy, following Bill Gates’ plan makes it possible.

AuthorBill Gates
Pages272
My completion time11 Days
My personal rating5.0 out of 5.0 stars

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What is COP26 & why does India committed Net-Zero by 2070?

The UNFCCC calls this summit every year with the agenda of a global agreement on the fight against climate change. All countries participated in the COP26 summit, like India, the USA, the EU, Australia, etc. participate in this summit. This year in 2021, the summit is named COP26. It is critical to understand the reason and importance of the same.

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In the late 80s, world leaders recognized that global temperature is increasing, and it will create a dreadful climate effect. Agenda 21 was ratified at the Summit in Rio De Janerio in 1992. This agenda 21 was nothing to do with any numerical series of events. It is based on the global temperature limit proposed to save the world by the 21st century. Hence the name Agenda 21.

UNFCCC received responsibility for this global issue in the Rio 1992 meeting. UNFCCC is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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