One of the most urgent aspects of climate action is environmental justice. At the ChangeNOW event in Paris, an entire session was dedicated to the fact that the people, who have the least impact on climate change, are the ones who are impacted the most – as the moderator, Lovelda Vincenzi, put it. The panel‘s discussion was around that the climate urgency is a global crisis, but its effects are not felt evenly around the world. The least polluting populations are the worst affected by climate change. International changemakers and political leaders must protect the rights of the most vulnerable and ensure the burdens of climate change are shared equally and fairly.
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We see pictures of emaciated polar bears every day and pity their fate – they are a living example of the sad reality in the Arctic. Yes, we pity them, but we often don’t realise that the melting of Arctic ice is just as damaging to us as it is to them.
Nature can be imagined like a human body. It is an arbitrarily complex system – everything is interconnected and in constant exchange. If one variable gets out of balance, the whole system can collapse. This is also the case with our oceans, the largest ecosystem covering over 70% of our planet.
We have already reported on tipping points and their properties in a previous blog post. What they are and what significance they already have for our environment. Since we would like to report in more detail about tipping points, we are dedicating a separate series to this topic – “Tipping Points in Detail”. In the first blog post of the 3-part series, we would like to bring you a little closer to the topic of the Amazon Rainforest. In the second part, we will talk about ocean currents and their importance for the animal and plant world and the effects on us humans. In the third and last part of our series, we will highlight the ice melt at the polar ice caps and some local glaciers.
This year’s „Earth Day“, officially named „Mother Earth Day“, is the first one celebrated within the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. Restoring our damaged ecosystems will help end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction. But we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.
We will share a couple of initiatives that try to activate all of us by using new approaches. Read more
For 52 years, Earth Day has been celebrated on 22 April in over 190 countries. The aim of the day is to raise people’s awareness of the importance of the Earth and the ecosystem and the consequences of environmental degradation in all its facets. People should rethink their own behaviour and question their everyday conduct.
According to an IPCC scenario, the concentration of ground-level or tropospheric ozone (O3) may reach 70 ppb in 2050. Then, more than 30% of global cereal acreage could be exposed to significant ozone pollution, which in turn would lead to significantly lower crop yields.
Ground-level or tropospheric ozone (O3) is ingested by plants through their stomata (pores in the epidermis of plants) and has a growth-inhibiting effect: O3 leads to a reduced rate of photosynthesis, increased respiration and accelerated ageing of leaves. O3 also increases the plants’ susceptibility to diseases and other stress factors. O3 is also thought to alter the concentration of nitrogen, carbohydrates and phenols in the leaf and grain.
“Once the bee disappears from the earth, humans have only four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more people.” (Albert Einstein, 1949)
Our air knows no boundaries and it is quite exhilarating to see that the shockwaves produced by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano eruption almost 16.800km away were measured by our instruments deployed around Frankfurt (see chart). The shockwave travelled almost 16 hours. Not only that, but it seems that the same shockwave travelled around the globe and reached the same point another 18 hours later!
On Saturday, January 8, the 4th edition of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh started. This six-day event has the mission to bring together youth from around the world and the decision-makers and different influential officials. The forum is a chance for you to engage with top policy-makers in the region and network with promising youth in the region and the world determined to create change in the world we live in today.