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  1. https://youtu.be/PJbzs5Bo8D4 Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared. But we are far from powerless in the face of this global threat. The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win. No corner of the globe is immune from the devastating consequences of climate change. Rising temperatures are fueling environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, food and water insecurity, economic disruption, conflict, and terrorism. Sea levels are rising, the Arctic is melting, coral reefs are dying, oceans are acidifying, and forests are burning. It is clear that business as usual is not good enough. As the infinite cost of climate change reaches irreversible highs, now is the time for bold collective action. Disasters linked to climate and weather extremes have always been part of our Earth’s system. But they are becoming more frequent and intense as the world warms. No continent is left untouched, with heatwaves, droughts, typhoons, and hurricanes causing mass destruction around the world. 90 per cent of disasters are now classed as weather- and climate-related, costing the world economy 520 billion USD each year, while 26 million people are pushed into poverty as a result. Billions of tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere every year as a result of coal, oil, and gas production. Human activity is producing greenhouse gas emissions at a record high, with no signs of slowing down. According to a ten-year summary of UNEP Emission Gap reports, we are on track to maintain a “business as usual” trajectory. The last four years were the four hottest on record. According to a September 2019 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report, we are at least one degree Celsius above preindustrial levels and close to what scientists warn would be “an unacceptable risk”. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change calls for holding eventual warming “well below” two degrees Celsius, and for the pursuit of efforts to limit the increase even further, to 1.5 degrees. But if we don’t slow global emissions, temperatures could rise to above three degrees Celsius by 2100, causing further irreversible damage to our ecosystems. Glaciers and ice sheets in polar and mountain regions are already melting faster than ever, causing sea levels to rise. Almost two-thirds of the world’s cities with populations of over five million are located in areas at risk of sea level rise and almost 40 per cent of the world’s population live within 100 km of a coast. If no action is taken, entire districts of New York, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Osaka, Rio de Janeiro, and many other cities could find themselves underwater within our lifetimes, displacing millions of people. While science tells us that climate change is irrefutable, it also tells us that it is not too late to stem the tide. This will require fundamental transformations in all aspects of society — how we grow food, use land, transport goods, and power our economies. While technology has contributed to climate change, new and efficient technologies can help us reduce net emissions and create a cleaner world. Readily-available technological solutions already exist for more than 70 per cent of today’s emissions. In many places renewable energy is now the cheapest energy source and electric cars are poised to become mainstream. In the meantime, nature-based solutions provide ‘breathing room’ while we tackle the decarbonization of our economy. These solutions allow us to mitigate a portion of our carbon footprint while also supporting vital ecosystem services, biodiversity, access to fresh water, improved livelihoods, healthy diets, and food security. Nature-based solutions include improved agricultural practices, land restoration, conservation, and the greening of food supply chains. Scalable new technologies and nature-based solutions will enable us all to leapfrog to a cleaner, more resilient world. If governments, businesses, civil society, youth, and academia work together, we can create a green future where suffering is diminished, justice is upheld, and harmony is restored between people and planet.
  2. Lately we constantly see in the media, internet portals, on social networks ... the term “climate crisis” and its relationship with “climate change”. Their arrival and employment in a massive way has a reason that we will explain to you today. But first, let's look at both concepts and what meaning each of them has in order to see why the majority use of the term “climate crisis” is taking place. The term "climate change" refers to the variation in the Earth's climate. This variation is due to natural causes and human action. The consequences derived from this are manifesting themselves in the increase in temperature, the rise in sea level, which can cause cases of coastal flooding. There are more and more cases of climatic migrations that thus increase the displaced population. According to the 2018 Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global temperature is increasing at a rate of 0.2ºC per decade. From 1880 to 2017, the average annual temperature has increased 1 ºC. This shows that the consequences of climate change are real. When we speak of "climate crisis" we refer to the magnitude or consequences of human activity, the increasingly evident consequences of climate change. The term "crisis" by itself refers to a serious situation that endangers the development of something. In this sense, and related to the “climate” concept, we can understand it as the current situation that the planet is experiencing and that is endangering the development of life on it. Both expressions are usually used as synonyms and, although it is not entirely incorrect when used in informative terms, it is not 100% correct, especially on a scientific level. We see why. Climate change is the phenomenon or phenomena of changes that are producing by human action. However, modifying "change" by "crisis" gives an idea of the emergency or critical state in which the planet is due to climate change. In this sense, the introduction of the term "crisis" at the social level has a more direct effect on raising awareness among the population. As we know, a change can be for the better or for the worse. In this case, climate change and the effects derived from it are usually negative. Therefore, linking the concept of "climate crisis" to "climate change", opting for the first instead of the second, shows the need to act against the negative impact that, in a majority way, human action exerts on the planet. The media, journalists, social networks and personalities are adopting this term in their daily vocabulary with the aim of making a call to action of the magnitude of the problem in addition to highlighting the magnitude of the moment. Something that both The Guardian and Fundeu have already done, incorporating the term “climate crisis” in their style books. We believe it is necessary to use this term as a call to action to combat climate change. We must be aware of where the planet is, we do not have a planet B. The recycling of WEEE is a fundamental part, since by recycling our waste electrical and electronic equipment, we are preventing the harmful elements that this type of Appliances contain inside can contaminate water, soil or atmosphere. Some appliances, such as refrigerators, contain substances that release large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere if they are not managed properly. The responsibility for their correct management rests with producers and companies, but we, as users, are also responsible for this cycle because, once these devices are unusable in our homes or jobs, we must deposit them in the appropriate places for it. Take action, recycle and connect with Nature.
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