Climate change and future

By K M Rehan Salahuddin
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Climate change, this is one of the most searched phrases on different search engines in different language. Has the climate started changing recently? No. But the awareness got a new level in recently with some activities around the world. Climate change leads to an environment degradation, and risks many countries future with calamities. Some countries existence is even threatened. There are several countries who are already suffering from rising sea levels, melting glaciers and droughts that put them among the most endangered nations. Some of those countries are trying to go green to reduce the greenhouse gas emission. They are affected they would try to do their best to reduce the emission it is natural, and it is very good sign that the developed countries are also trying to support at their best.

The statistics shows that Vietnam is at No.52, Bangladesh is at No.65, Nepal is at No.113, Barbados is at No.133, Maldives is at No.144 in the list of CO2 Emissions (most recent) by country. Where USA is at the top with 121 times more emission than Vietnam, China is the second with 116 times more emission than Bangladesh. The good thing is that Bangladesh, Maldives and other countries with the biggest threat to be affected has started their work toward reducing the emission. May be the amount is less than 1% of the total emission, but surely it is an inspiring approach for others. People will get to ask themselves if the developing countries can fight with the emission with their limited resources then why the developed countries cannot.

Of course can and many countries are working toward the same goal. US and France are trying to find out ways to impose tax on imported products that have been made using a lot of CO2. And almost seven in 10 Chinese are willing to pay a higher price for energy and other products to mitigate climate change. We must say thanks to those people and the Chinese government for creating this big awareness and taking good actions towards the issue. But there are many issues underlying the main issue "Low Carbon Emission". For example, if developed countries start producing products with low emission or in a green environment technology then the cost will surely surge up. As a result the prices will also got a higher tag. The maintenance of different electronic/energy based products would become expensive too. That means affordability of the people of developing country will have a new shape. There are many trade related issues, there are many finance and economics related issues. Those issues surely will play some role in the main issue.

Many developing countries are now seeking for funding to fight against the climate change; they all have their own planning and projects to reduce the emission. It is true that the funds will come from the developed countries. And without their support it is nearly impossible to fight against the factor. The focus should be on three different parts. The countries that are at the top of the list of CO2 Emissions have to decide these three things, 1. How much they would spend to reduce their emission and what percentage of emission will be reduced by that. 2. How much they would pay/donate to create the fund to fight against climate change. 3. How quickly they would create infrastructure to produce products that emits less co2.

The other important thing is that, many is writing or talking about the most threatened countries. There are pictures of Bangladesh at Copenhagen that shows if the world temperature raise by two degree then Bangladesh will be drowned. And it is really great that developed countries notice that and try to put more effort to fight against climate change. Few days ago, a bunch of travelers around me wanted to travel to Maldives and Sundarban (Bangladesh), because these places are natural beauty and there is a chance that these places will be drowned after a few more rises in the sea level. That means there are people who are well aware about the situation. There will be meetings, conferences and many other occasions where people will talk about this try to create rules, try to implement regulations, but it is more important that we create the awareness and work together. We should take the issue as a humanitarian. It is not far when we will have a green world if we all work together and thinks about each other.

The author is a Phd student from Bangladesh. He is studying Enterprise Management at Wuhan University in central China.This blog was published at 12:18 pm on December 9, 2009




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