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State Of Enviroment Presentation

  1. 1. The Terror of Our Environment Ciara, Lindsey, Susan, Ai
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is the state of the environment? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Third Assessment Report (TAR): <ul><li>Five Reasons for Concern </li></ul><ul><li>Risks to unique and threatened systems </li></ul><ul><li>Risks of extreme weather events </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution of impacts and vulnerabilities (economics, age groups, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate impacts (new costs) </li></ul><ul><li>Risks of large-scale singularities (individual issues) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): <ul><li>The Fourth Assessment Report (FAR) </li></ul><ul><li>Proved that increase in anthropocentric environmental damage has had an affect on global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming has: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased average air and ocean temperatures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has lead to the melting of ice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has lead to rising sea levels </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. TAR (2001): Summarized <ul><li>The average land surface temperature has increased (globally) by 0.6 degrees Celsius throughout the 20 th century; .74 degrees in some areas of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>GHGs and aerosols have continued to affect the atmosphere, which would most likely affect the climate, though there isn’t enough data to fully make that claim. </li></ul><ul><li>Future projections made about how the climate will alter (heavier precipitation periods, more severe drought periods, increase in tropic cyclones, etc.) have been projected to be more sound than past predications. </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropocentric ideals have lead to human behavior that has greatly affected the change in emissions, and thus the change in climate. Though, there isn’t enough data to fully prove this point </li></ul><ul><li>Global average temperature and sea level are expected to rise. </li></ul>
  6. 6. FAR: Summarized <ul><li>Detailed experiments and conclusions were provided for this report. Research on the past 150 years, along with present accounts, lead for a substantial amount of data to be provided on the current ecological dilemma. </li></ul><ul><li>Main focus of improvement is the emission of GHGs. The failure of the Kyoto Protocol was a disappointment, but the State of the World 2009 should be a better, more useful plan. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;[ State of the World 2009] will undoubtedly influence the negotiators from different countries to look beyond the narrow and short-term concerns that are far too often the reason for inaction.&quot;R.K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ If the world does not take action early on in adequate measure, the impacts of climate change could prove extremely harmful and overwhelm our capacity to adapt.”
  8. 9. Final Grade: <ul><li>There is not enough data to form a conclusion about the effectiveness of our current efforts to clean up our world. </li></ul><ul><li>The climate is rapidly changing and out of control. </li></ul><ul><li>Economics are the main priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon, things will reach the “point of no return” when we will not be able to reverse the damage we have caused. </li></ul><ul><li>OVERALL GRADE— “I” for incomplete, but showing effort </li></ul>