OCEANS DAY - COP21 UN TALKS
21ST CENTURY COP OUT - 150 Heads of State and Government met in Paris to talk about climate change. This level of participation makes COP21 one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized, aside from the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York. What about our oceans chaps?
4 2015 - CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION
It is Oceans Day at the COP21 talks, with thought leaders from the U.S. and from around the world highlighting the devastating impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans. Leader after leader touts the linkage between climate change, fisheries, food security, and (in the case of island nations that will be submerged by sea-level rise) national survival. The U.S. State Department’s Undersecretary Catherine A. Novelli has been eloquent on these points.
CORAL - Reefs before and after bleaching, caused by the rise in CO2 levels and corresponding acid oceans.
THE VIEW FROM NEW ENGLAND
CLIMATE ACTION - Not just talk, this amazing autonomous boat was on display at the Old Billingsgate exhibition centre in London on the 9-10th of November 2015. This ocean cleaning workboat could pave the way for zero carbon cruise liners and cargo ships of the future. The platform harvests energy from nature to power onboard pumps and filtration equipment. That same energy could be used to propel larger vessels at reasonable speeds to deliver goods around the world, without acidifying the oceans. The solutions are out there, the politicians are just not looking! BMS has not had a single enquiry for a government as to wind and solar power for shipping. Yet, $billions are spent of defence. There is no point having a navy if the population that you are seeking to defend are dying slowly as the planet soils itself.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Le Bourget, from November 30 to December 11. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
100% COP OUT - Corporations are not responsible for nations chucking their untreated garbage into our oceans - it is governments that are responsible for policies that do not work. Policies that are polluting our oceans and warming the planet. These policies are mostly driven by greed and a perceived need for continuous economic growth, when in reality, we need sustainable policies for a Circular Economy.
A circular economy is one that recognizes that we only have one planet. We cannot expand our planet to cope with continuous economic growth, We need to look at what planet earth can sustain, and then gear our population and economy to that ideal. This must cater for energy requirement and food to feed the world, including transport and housing.
At the moment in several countries including the UK and India, the policy is to bribe existing businesses to invest in research and development to clean up their mess for them - knowing full well that there is no end user for any system that may come from such investment in time and money - that is then wasted effort that typically governments are trying to hide - by making themselves look good with incentives. Piffle!
HEY DUDE - Climate change is burning our oceans out with acidification. SeaVax may not be the immediate solution to halt global warming, but what if our leaders had been talking about this problem ten years ago. SeaVax might then be a reality with zero carbon transport following their lead. How about a helping hand for hands on developers that, unlike academic institutions, get no genuine offer of funding for technology that benefits society, rather than shareholders.