Hottest temperature in Antarctica - Climate Emergency?

The world we are living in is changing.

The force of nature should never be underestimated. It’s easy to go through our day-to-day feeling like we have control and know what is what. But the forces of nature are so powerful that they can render our own little worlds somewhat small and exposed.

You will no doubt have seen the headlines around the topic of climate change. Active campaigners, government responses and what the best approach may be have peppered the headlines of late.

Some recent climate-related news has caught the world’s attention. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was clocked in February 2020, with 18.3 celsius reached at Argentina’s Esperanza research station. While it is technically summer in Antarctica, such temperatures are not normal for this part of the world and are a strong indicator of climate change in action. This is having an impact on the continent’s wildlife. Sadly, Antarctica’s iconic penguin populations have suffered due to diminishing ice levels and numbers have dropped.

Navitron’s own focus on the issue of climate change has naturally meant that we have kept a close eye on the current situation across the planet. In our latest blog, we take a look at whether we are entering a period of climate emergency, and what approach might be helpful.

The science of climate change

ice patches in the ocean near Antarctica

Climate change is a term you will have no doubt heard and read plenty of times. But the things that fall under the climate change bracket are vast.

One thing that’s important to understand when examining this concept is that climate change is somewhat inevitable. Over the course of history, vast changes to weather conditions have taken place.

There are of course a huge number of factors at play - many of which are well beyond the realms of human control.

But perhaps one of the most worrying elements of our current situation is that human activity and modern life is having an accelerating effect on climate change.

This includes the release of CO2 gases. This is done by various means, including burning fossil fuels. There are other issues at play too, such as deforestation.

Are we facing a climate emergency?

Protestor with a sign against climate change

Climate change has been described as ‘the defining issue of our time’ by the United Nations. It essentially involves shifting weather patterns, upsetting what we are used to and have become accustomed to. Instead, we are being confronted by more challenging and extreme weather conditions, and in many cases are not prepared enough for what we encounter.

There has been a host of examples that indicate that climate change is no longer a thought-provoking concept, but instead an immediate emergency.

Recent examples include the wildfires that devastated Australia. The country’s temperatures have gradually risen in recent years, and this is now extending Australia’s summers. Such high temperatures have played a role in the recent wildfire problems, and Australia is one country where climate change is now truly impacting day to day life for citizens.

A huge problem is that rising global temperatures are also affecting our planet’s coldest parts, such as Antarctica. Even small rises have the ability to start melting the polar ice caps, and the more ice that melts, the higher the planet’s ocean levels rise.

In fact in the UK, the first likely ‘climate change refugees’ are set to be the residents of a village in Wales. Citizens in Fairbourne have been told that the area will be decommissioned by 2054 due to the threat of rising sea levels and coastal flooding. This means people will have to leave homes and histories behind.

When such possibilities turn from being possible to probable, it seems fair to say that a true climate emergency is happening.

What are governments doing about climate change?

A government in session
In order to counter the problems and challenges posed by climate change, governments throughout the world are setting up protocols and measures.

There have been a number of global meetings in order to deal with the growing issue of climate change in recent years.

An initial step was the development of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, which was extended under the name of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. This saw many rich states commit to aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The success of this has been limited however, and a more recent Paris Climate Deal in 2017 saw more and more countries commit to tackling and monitoring climate change on a grand scale.

The UK’s government has committed to a target of reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by the year 2050.

The UK government also has responded to recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). This includes efforts to improve commercial buildings and help lower energy bills, making it easier to create large-scale energy storage facilities, and more efforts to utilise the insight that data can provide to tackle climate change issues.

Whether the measures and efforts being made will have a long term effect remains to be seen, but governments are at least working to tackle the problems that climate change is causing. An issue may be that these measures are coming quite late, and that more could have been done to prevent the difficulties of climate change ahead of time.

What does the future hold for our planet?

climate protesters with placards 

The short answer is nobody quite knows. What is starting to become more and more clear is that climate change is no longer simply a possibility. There’s huge evidence showing that the planet’s weather systems are changing in a major way.

What’s more, the impact of human beings on the world around us is becoming increasingly known about and understood. That means that we as humans are starting to acknowledge and take responsibility for some of the changes we are seeing.

The real danger though is that we are playing catch up, rather than actively preventing the effects of climate change through human activity.

Regardless, any efforts to reduce carbon footprints and lower emissions is a positive step. These would include harnessing solar energy and other sustainable technologies.

We believe at Navitron that such steps can really help to make your own personal difference, and together more can be done.

What can you do to help create a greener future?

solar panels on the roof of a house

Navitron is committed to offering our customers a range of options to help them live in a more sustainable way. By harnessing some of our technology, you can take your own steps towards changing your life to live in a more environmentally-friendly fashion.

Be sure to browse through the full range of Navitron products to steps in the right direction and start making a positive change for a better future.

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