Friday, December 06, 2019

Wikipedia - country carbon footprints?

Wikipedia is a great resource for information about countries and a favorite of students. However there is a lack of prominent information on country pages about greenhouse gas emissions and related data. Do we not need a section or subsection giving at least the current status?

A quick check of a few countries revealed surprisingly minimal information buried in various sections or nothing at all. One has to go to general articles on these issues to find useful data. Is there some reason for this that I am missing? There seems to be a lack of environmental info in general on country pages.

History will likely judge countries on their action or lack of action on this issue. It deserves more attention. It is up to internet users to take note and get busy. Perhaps Wikipedia can give some suggestions of how to format this data starting with something basic, so that countries can be easily compared.

I hope to work on generating interest in this here in Guyana.

Edited Dec 14

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Atmospheric carbon dioxide hits another high

... as explained in this BBC report:

"Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases once again reached new highs in 2018.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the increase in CO2 was just above the average rise recorded over the last decade."

The fact that this just keeps going up and up really shows how far we have to go to take it seriously. Slowing the rise is not good enough. Stopping the rise is not. We to get it going DOWN and fast. Even then it will takes years to really make a difference. It seems not to be lack of knowledge but of political will or due to deliberate blindness.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A call to selfless and steadfast service

"If the teachings brought by Bahá’u’lláh are what will enable humanity to advance to the
highest levels of unity, then one must search the soul for the right response. The multitudes who recognized the Báb were summoned to heroism, and their magnificent response is recorded by history. Let every one who is awake to the condition of the world, and to the persistent evils that warp the lives of its inhabitants, heed Bahá’u’lláh’s call to selfless and steadfast service — heroism for the present age. What else will rescue the world but the efforts of countless souls who each make the welfare of humanity their principal, their dominating concern?"

From a message by the Universal House of Justice, October 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

Baha'i Bicentenary 2019

On October 29 the world-wide Baha'i community celebrates the birth of the Bab in 1819. Activities will taking place in many, many communities around the planet including many in Guyana. See the international site here for more.

For more about local activities call 226-5952 or see the web site.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Guyana warms up

A great post on the Facebook page of the Office of Climate Change gives a link to a service available through the Hydromet Service (Maproom) showing the upward trend of local maximum temperatures for July to September - see first chart. A change of variable also shows an upward trend in rainfall - see second chart.

The post says:
"Maximum Temperatures continue to rise annually. The trend shows for July to September, the maximum temperature for Demerara Mahaica, Region 4, has been continuously rising since 1985."
Apart from taking urgent action to cut our carbon emissions we should be taking action to mitigate against the changes e.g. advising all those building homes and offices.

Also relevant here is the post I made about increasing storms.