We and our climate
What to do
in the face
This article talks about our outer and inner atmosphere which both have
an effect on our climate.
First, the outer atmosphere und our climate:
Without its atmosphere, life on earth would be like on the moon: freezing cold, a black and white landscape, no blue sky, scattered light and without the ionosphere as a filter against the hard radiation. On earth, there are a few kilometers of breathable air above us.
However, there's also a layer of heavy CO2, which was only 3 meters tall before the industrialization. In the meantime, however, it has already reached an average height of almost 40 meters.
The toxic CO2 level is constantly being increased by traffic. This causes the strong turbulences and extreme weather conditions between the warm "glass house roof" and the colder air above it. "So it remains absurd that we have to set 1 to 2 tonnes of metal in motion in order to drive around an average human of 80 kilograms", posted the press spokesman of the VCÖ on LinkedIn. He is referring to the way we typically use cars.
Driving only 1 to 2 kilometres with the exhaust inside inevitably kills their occupants. But in sum, it's about all those involved in emissions, such as heavy industry, agriculture and many more. For all life in the "passenger compartment earth" is increasingly suffering the same fate! And the high proportion of fine dust (in the nano range) that has recently emerged unfortunately overcomes both the human cell walls and the brain barrier. Fine dust is carcinogenic, and it also damages our genetic make-up.
It is therefore high time we rid our entire economy and transportation system of fossil fuels!
The consequential costs of the damage caused by climate catastrophes are several times higher than the investments known to be needed to phase out fossil energies! At the same time, a large amount of private assets is passively stored in its administration. But we are also called upon, each and every one of us, to make conscious decisions with regards to sustainability every day, to demand industrial environmental standards and adopting a consumption-critical mindset.
"If you are already suffering from the
heat, we don't have very good news for you: it will become even worse and more dangerous in the future.
Anyone who has ever been in hot and humid areas knows the problem: the heat is even more unbearable and oppressive. The reason for this is that our bodies are less able to regulate their temperature under such conditions and overheat more easily.
This can even be fatal. Until now, it was assumed that we can survive humid temperatures* of 35°C for six hours - but only if we stay in the shade and do not move. This value is calculated from the air temperature and humidity.
However, the 35°C was set too high, as researchers found out in an experiment. The participants had to do light work in a special chamber. Meanwhile, the temperature and humidity were increased until the participants' bodies could no longer maintain their core temperature.
As a result, the participants were no longer able to regulate their temperature when the humidity reached 31°C. This was true even for young and healthy people. This was also true for young and healthy people. A wet bulb temperature of 31°C is reached, for example, at 38°C and a humidity of 60% - conditions that could already occur here in summer.
*Wet bulb temperature is the lowest temperature that can be reached by evaporation, depending on the conditions. At 100% relative humidity, the wet bulb temperature is the same as the air temperature, as no cooling by evaporation can take place. You can use this calculator to get humidity temperatures." Source: Newsletter/Moment.at
Of course there are opportunities and ways out. On the other hand, the dynamics of encrusted structures and their shareholders (5%) are frighteningly sluggish! They are blocking the path to a greener, cleaner, more peaceful world. They seem to care only about their returns, the utilisation of the remaining raw materials and the finiteness of their earthly life.
Their "private ownership" of 90%! of all assets should desperately be made public! One can also accept those who have become rich in this way as they are - just like other people. For the common overcoming of today's crises - which we all share and which affect us all - is ultimately unavoidable.
Some shareholders, however, are still held hostage by the all-dominant dictatorship of interest money and returns. Their capitalist power then often only pays for their own structural maintenance: arms manufacturers, nuclear lobbies, agricultural corporations, oil, chemical and electricity magnates, concreters and vehicle manufacturers, and so on.
But it is high time to reduce fossil fuels in our entire economy and the transportation system!
Let's wake each other up! Let's practice civil disobedience, for example, by painting a large and provocative CO2 on roads with high traffic density using asphalt paint! The same markings apply to all CO2-intensive plants and sites in order to stimulate critical thinking and to make people aware of the fossil fuel problem.