ARE WE HEADING ON THE CORRECT

PATH?
Lakpriya Kottahachchi

Global Warming & Climate
Change

Things have Changed Since
Then

Global Weather Anomalies
2015
Arctic Sea Ice
Extent
Europe

Alaska

Eastern North
Pacific Hurricane
Season

Atlantic Hurricane
Mexico Season

China
India
Western Pacific
Ocean Typhoon
Season
Australia/Oce
ania

South
Africa/Africa

South West
Pacific Ocean
Cyclone Season

South
America
Antarctic Sea Ice
Extent

Greenhouse Effect
Natural Phenomenal

Human Influence

Greenhouse Gas
Concentration

• Compared to past 10,000 years, the concentrations of CO2 &
CH4
in the past 250 years is extraordinary.

Sources of Greenhouse
Gases
• Carbon Dioxide (CO ) Emission
2

– burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil
– deforestation, industrial processes (cement manufacturing)
• Methane (CH4) & Nitrous oxide (N2O)
– fossil fuel production, intensive livestock farming
– landfills and waste, biomass burning, rice agriculture and
biofuels
• Fluorinated gasses (all released as a result of human activities)

Did You Know?





Sea-level rise of 0.013 millimeters(roughly) per year.
Coastal areas of China at risk (145 million affected).
12 nations with more 10 million people(each) at risk
2 of the warmest months ever recorded (July, August 2016).
3rd highest measurement (Mitribah, Kuwait -54.0 °C [129.2 °F]).
4 of the highest 10 measurements in 2016.

2016, the warmest year ever?

How it had
Worsened(Temperature)

What We Have Been Doing
Right

What Good Are we
Doing?
• 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.
• 1997 Kyoto Protocol – Forces State Parties to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions
• First commitment period (2008 to 2012), 2nd period will end in
2020

Setting an Example to the
Rest
• What is the only Carbon Negative country in the world?
– Nation of Bhutan.

– Absorbs over 6 million tons of carbon annually while only
producing 1.5 million tons

Fighting against Climate
Change
• United Nations’ Measurements
– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
– United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (a
treaty)
– World Meteorological Organization
– United Nations Environment Programme
• Greenpeace
• Environmental Defense Fund (mainly on Marine life)
• And many more..

We are not late to join them…

Are YOU going to let that
happen?

THANK YOU

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