Sunday, March 3, 2024

Climate change is altering the seasons and life cycle of the planet

By Dr. Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling, Academic of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG)

Climate change is taking the seasons out of sync, and we notice it with the monsoons. Yes, it accelerates the change of seasons; in fact, many plants bloom before their time, and in some places, there is not enough snow to fall.

That is one of the many implications that this event brings, and now that the year 2024 begins with a dark horizon about our environment, the climate crisis continues to develop, and once again, we see that as a species we have not even agreed upon. on the way to ensure a better future for all.

Raise the temperature

It is estimated that this year, the global average temperature will exceed 1.5°C above the temperature of the pre-industrial era. Although this increase is not permanent at the moment, James Hansen (one of the most famous climatologists in the world) estimates that at the end of this decade, we will exceed this mark permanently, with a high probability that we will exceed 2.0 °C in the decade from 2030

Every increase in temperature, no matter how small, causes extreme climates of greater intensity, such as droughts, floods, fires, prolonged periods of extremely high temperatures, etc.

There are no agreements

COP 28, which ended in December 2023, did not have an agreement that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and called for a progressive reduction in the use of fossil fuels, but only about the generation of electricity and heaters. It does not mention other sources of CO2 in industry, plastics, agriculture, etc.

All this while countries like the United States are extracting the largest amount of oil in their history (https://www.thecooldown.com/green-business/us-oil-production-explained/). The growing economies of China and India will continue to boost demand for coal even as they set ambitious renewable energy targets, experts say. While China is the world’s largest energy consumer, India ranks third globally, and both countries are leading consumers of coal as they strive to drive economic growth.

Global temperatures have risen steadily since the 1970s, until they exceeded 1 degree of global warming for the first time in 2015, according to Copernicus historical temperature data. It took eight years to jump another half degree above pre-industrial levels, but statistics show that climate change is accelerating.

Dr. Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling He is the professor-researcher and technical manager of the Lighting Technology Center of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG). He is an expert on climate change and energy efficiency issues.

In his experience, he became director of the Center for Sustainability and Renewable Energy at UAG and director of the School of Biology. He is Technically Responsible for the State Action Plan on Climate Change and Coordinator of the Project: State Law Initiative on Climate Change.

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