Our weather patterns are becoming more extreme and unpredictable. North America is in deep freeze and they are roasting in the Antipodes. These observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.

Yes, a major contributing factor is global warming. And No, the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Change accord is a very very bad idea because President Trump is not the “very stable genius” he claims to be.

In 2015, China and the US contributed 28% and 15%, respectively, of global CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. In Australia, while Prime Minister Turnbull has not claimed he is a “very stable genius”, his action or rather inaction is leading the country and the rest of the world down a slippery slope. Since the carbon tax was repealed in 2014 in Australia, it is now doubtful whether the country can meet its promised cuts in the Paris agreement.

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising to the highest figures seen in years – GHG emissions increased by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2017 and by 1% in 2016. Australia has one of the highest per capita emissions of carbon dioxide in the world, with 0.3% of the world’s population it produces 1.8% of the world’s greenhouse gases.

And I can predict – without fear of contradiction – that right now the average Australian will decide to do NOTHING. Why? Because that is nature of the tragedy of the commons. Most people in Australia won’t wake up to the calamity facing them until it stares them in the face – and when that time comes it will be too late.

The US freezes

 

 

 

 

Australia boils

 

 

 

 

Read about the link between extreme weather, climate change and global warming. Click here.