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The Climate Crisis, the reality, the challenges and indeed the ways forward!

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Given the season that’s in it, let’s start with a nice tune! “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, man it doesn’t show signs of stopping…..”. Indeed the weather is frightful. With over 400 climate records broken in 30 countries in 2019, and 6 of the ten hottest years on record since 2010, we are sadly now seeing the changes in the climate systems that will impact our world for generations to come. Bangkok itself, in the 1970’s once had a more pleasant climate, with an average of 20 days above 35C per year, however, recent years are averaging over 120 days a year over 35C, its real, it’s here, and it’s not going away!

Working through the IPCC report (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change), the vast majority of the scientists of the world now agree that we are on course for a higher temperature that the targets agreed under the Paris Climate agreement in 2017, which aspired to maintain us below a rise of 1.5C (figure 1). Today, most scientists believe that we are destined for a minimum of +3C and maybe as much as +5C by 2100. While that seems far away from us today, trust me, the change has started and is impacting every one of us already. The weather patterns are changing, with warming greater than the global averages in many regions around the work, some already averaging above 1.5C, with extreme events becoming unfortunately less extreme and more regular! (think of the excessive fires in Australia, in California, even in 2019 in the Artic region in Sweden).

Global air temperatures are predicated to rise by as much as 4C by 2100, global sea surface temperatures by up to 3C, while marine heatwave days may increase tenfold (destroying all coral reefs, major fisheries and impacting global food security). The Artic, Antarctic and Greenland Ice sheet melt rates are all increasing, reaching tipping points that will see mean sea levels rise for sure by 1 meter by 2100, (but more likely and more frighteningly by as much as 7m). Think of Venice with even 1 more meter of sea water. Then think of Bangkok, Ho Chi Min city, the Mekong Delta, Yangon, and many other low lying areas of the SE Asia region, where with even a 1m sea level rise, this is what it will look like! (figure 2: Bangkok predicted Annual Flood levels in 2050). Now it gets very real. Annual flood levels in Bangkok by 2050 alone will cover the whole city region, worse than the 2011 floods that is estimated to have killed over 650 people, impacted over 13 million people and caused extensive damage to local and indeed international trade for years to come. How can a city cope with annual floods like this! Venice of the South, is not the tourist attraction you think! It is estimated that in the south east Asia region alone, up to 250 million people may have to relocate as sea levels rise. Are we ready for this? Where will they go, what infrastructure is needed to support this, and what pays for that! I’ll come back to that later!

Read more at https://expatlifeinthailand.com/featured/the-climate-crisis-the-reality-the-challenges-and-indeed-the-ways-forward/

Source: Expat Life Thailand

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