Dec 15, 2008

The Green Barracks – Will Obama flip a two headed coin as well?

Today’s headlines Global_Warming_217540 3scream loud and clear… “Obama to curb Global Warming Crisis”. In tough times like these, mobilizing funds for regular activities has become a chore in itself. This makes trying to fund “Green” initiatives somewhat a luxury for most companies. How companies have to upgrade their facilities in order to stay ahead in the Green Race is no longer a question that even seeks debate. In this scenario, the words of the present President elect are refreshingly new and make us do something more than we ever did before – Hope!!

Tag lines apart, this bloke seems to warrant no pushing around. At least from the detailed plans that he had put forth before the won the elections and the immediate publicity of his “Green Team” has made me impatient. Firstly, to put the issue into perspective, read this from a recent Associated Press report.

U.S. emissions have increased by 20 percent since 1992. China has more than doubled its carbon dioxide pollution in that time. World carbon dioxide emissions have grown faster than scientists' worst-case scenarios. Methane, the next most potent greenhouse gas, suddenly is on the rise again and scientists fear that vast amounts of the trapped gas will escape from thawing Arctic permafrost.

In the early 1990s, many scientists figured that the world was about a century away from a truly dangerous amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, said Mike Mac Cracken, who was a top climate scientist in the Clinton administration. But as they studied the greenhouse effect further, scientists realized that harmful changes kick in at far lower levels of carbon dioxide than they thought. Now some scientists, but not all, say the safe carbon dioxide level for Earth is about 10 percent below what it is now.

While the issue is serious enough to warrant serious action, facts suggest otherwise. The countries of the world have come up with the Kyoto Protocol, Inter Governmental agencies and the like. But the impact is yet to be felt. So much so that according to a recent report,

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has calculated that greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized countries have continued to rise between 1990 and 2006 in violation of their commitment under the convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

In this scenario, the impact of every little action Barack Obama will take as President will impact the world as a whole in a major way. What also needs to come to our notice is that this has got to be a “Global Movement”. Wasting millions of dollars and emitting tons of greenhouse gases in the Iraq war and mooting green schemes in the White house at the same time has always seemed to me the equivalent of flipping a two headed coin. Obama has spoken of bringing back the men from the barracks and also taking forward issues of climate change. The coin is in Obama’s hands now. The question is whether he will flip the same coin or bring some sense of sanity to this argument.

Dec 15, 2008

The Green Barracks – Will Obama flip a two headed coin as well?

Today’s headlines Global_Warming_217540 3scream loud and clear… “Obama to curb Global Warming Crisis”. In tough times like these, mobilizing funds for regular activities has become a chore in itself. This makes trying to fund “Green” initiatives somewhat a luxury for most companies. How companies have to upgrade their facilities in order to stay ahead in the Green Race is no longer a question that even seeks debate. In this scenario, the words of the present President elect are refreshingly new and make us do something more than we ever did before – Hope!!

Tag lines apart, this bloke seems to warrant no pushing around. At least from the detailed plans that he had put forth before the won the elections and the immediate publicity of his “Green Team” has made me impatient. Firstly, to put the issue into perspective, read this from a recent Associated Press report.

U.S. emissions have increased by 20 percent since 1992. China has more than doubled its carbon dioxide pollution in that time. World carbon dioxide emissions have grown faster than scientists' worst-case scenarios. Methane, the next most potent greenhouse gas, suddenly is on the rise again and scientists fear that vast amounts of the trapped gas will escape from thawing Arctic permafrost.

In the early 1990s, many scientists figured that the world was about a century away from a truly dangerous amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, said Mike Mac Cracken, who was a top climate scientist in the Clinton administration. But as they studied the greenhouse effect further, scientists realized that harmful changes kick in at far lower levels of carbon dioxide than they thought. Now some scientists, but not all, say the safe carbon dioxide level for Earth is about 10 percent below what it is now.

While the issue is serious enough to warrant serious action, facts suggest otherwise. The countries of the world have come up with the Kyoto Protocol, Inter Governmental agencies and the like. But the impact is yet to be felt. So much so that according to a recent report,

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has calculated that greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized countries have continued to rise between 1990 and 2006 in violation of their commitment under the convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

In this scenario, the impact of every little action Barack Obama will take as President will impact the world as a whole in a major way. What also needs to come to our notice is that this has got to be a “Global Movement”. Wasting millions of dollars and emitting tons of greenhouse gases in the Iraq war and mooting green schemes in the White house at the same time has always seemed to me the equivalent of flipping a two headed coin. Obama has spoken of bringing back the men from the barracks and also taking forward issues of climate change. The coin is in Obama’s hands now. The question is whether he will flip the same coin or bring some sense of sanity to this argument.