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“Much of the oxygen we breathe comes from plants that died long ago. We can give thanks to these ancestors of our present-pay foliage. But we can’t give back to them. We can, however, give forward. When we are unable to return the favor, we can pay it forward to someone or something else.
Using this approach
We can see ourselves as part of a larger flow of giving; as well as receiving throughout time. Receiving from the past, we can give to the future. When tackling issues; such as climate change; the stance of gratitude is a refreshing alternative to guilt or fear as a source of motivation.”
In blogs, print media, cable news, forums and in other platforms & conventions
Whereby, climate experts & scientist, world leaders, public officials. The general public get to meet to deliberate matters pertaining to the welfare of human beings, a common topic of debate; which is tearful and very emotional; involves the increase in the frequencies. Along with intensities of unprecedented natural events as well as catastrophes.
It does not only wreak havoc and mayhem through the massive destruction of property worth millions of dollars (times billions). But puts an end to the lives of scores of the human population in the affected areas while jeopardizing the economic as well as social statuses of survivors. The country hit by the catastrophe.
As if this is not enough
However, there are also devastating environmental destruction that also result a factor; which too plays a hand in worsening the statuses of the people in the impact area of the catastrophe.
“Climatism is the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth’s climate.”
— Steve Goreham
Are we safe from natural catastrophes; which are increasingly occurring in the world today?
- What if it happens today, or even tomorrow?
- Is there a trend of future catastrophes; which might result from rising atmospheric temperatures causing changes in the climate models; which humans are used to?
- Are humans wary of the risks of natural catastrophes like droughts or intensified storms such severe tropical cyclones of higher frequencies and intensity?
About some of the questions
These questions surround such heated debates; though the primary arguments seem to endlessly question the cause of the intensified catastrophes; with most fingers – scientifically and theoretically – pointing towards a herculean monster of rising atmospheric temperatures. But going by the variation of global warming.
These at times seem to be theatrically managed; perhaps, to pacify humans all over the globe who are astonished and devastated by the magnitude of these destructive hazards; seek to address major initiatives to curtail the greenhouse gaseous emissions.
Though there are clear and serious solutions proposed; the topic seems satirical. This is because most of the fossil-fueled economies; which of course are the largest contributors of the toxic greenhouse emissions continue to flourish day after day with continued use of energy produced from the fossil fuel plants in industrial production of products as well as services. While ironic part of this whole drama to poor nations who are lesser parties to these emissions. They are also poorly prepared to deal with the destruction; which mostly yields on them.
Why is global warming such a heated debate that pertains calamities?
The melting ice caps as well as glaciers due to high atmospheric temperatures results to the rise of sea levels; which makes the occurrence of natural catastrophes more frequent and severe; such as tropical and extra-tropical tornadoes; cyclones; hailstorms; heat waves; bush fires; droughts as well as storm surges in many parts of the whole globe.
The temperature rise has also resulted to new exposures
Moreover, like the hurricanes in South Atlantic. Generally, the whole human race might not be wept out of existence. But will suffer extensive damage; economically; socially and hugely on the environment from such weather-related disasters.
The lives, health and property of humans is really at risk. This calls for interventions by nations to address issues concerning climate changes. Such a conventions as well as meetings led to the creation of this site; as the series of convention meeting were and are still being held today to deliberate on the way forward to curtail greenhouse gaseous emissions.
This site was initially created to showcase programs and information; which was used to address the deliberations of the 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference in Hamilton from May 12-15, 2009; which sought to deal with climate changes.
The 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2009) was a Canadian/international forum for engineers; scientists; policy advisory; industry; as well as other stakeholders to share; as well as exchange new information; along with ideas for dealing with climate change as well as global warming. It also provided an opportunity for participants to keep a breast of emerging techniques as well as technologies for the mitigation of and adaptation to; the impacts of climate change.
Climate Change Technology Conference 2009
Workshops – May 12, 2009
Course # 1:
From impacts to adaptation: responding to a changing climate
Organizers: Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, Ontario
Pollution Probe – Toronto, Ontario
This 3-hour course will provide an overview of the science of climate change. And why it is relevant to Canadians; industry; planners; as well as engineers. It is focused on the finding of Canada’s national-scale assessment of climate change impacts; as well as adaptation “From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate”.
However, it provides broad national as well as regional perspectives. Also, it will be a useful introduction for participants in the Engineers Canada afternoon workshop who are not actively engaged in climate issues. Each section will consist of a presentation as well as extended question and answer period.
Part 1- The Scientific Basis
This section will present an introduction to the climate science that underlies our understanding of climate change at the global as well as national scale. It will include key findings from Working Group I of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report; along with Canadian examples of observed as well as projected changes in climate.
Part 2 – Adaptation: Key Messages for Decision-Makers
Part 2 of the workshop examines the need for adaptation as a complementary response to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in addressing climate change. Drawing from the synthesis of From Impacts to Adaptation; the session will examine broadly the risks as well as opportunities that climate change presents for Canada. Along with the need to integrate considerations of climate change into a wide range of policies, programs as well as practices.
Part 3- Focus on Ontario – Challenges, Opportunities as well as Solutions
The final part of the workshop will take a detailed look at what climate change means for Ontario; including impacts on critical infrastructure; human health as well aseconomic sustainability. It will also examine steps being taken by the province, municipalities, non-governmental organizations. Along with others to plan or implement adaptation measures.
Course # 2:
Nuclear Energy and Managing Climate Change
Organizers: Doug Boreham (McMaster & Bruce Power)
Climate change is a direct consequence of massive energy consumption through burning of fossil fuels. Presently, nuclear technology affords many different options to mitigate global warming as well as support an energy transition policy.
Nuclear can provide clean baseload electricity; hydrogen economy; as well as abundant energy for oil sands applications. This workshop will introduce; along with educate the audience on the various applications of nuclear energy. Also, address challenges for this technology in today’s society.
1) Nuclear 101 ; reactors, fission, how it works.
2) Human Perspectives ; climate change as well as nuclear.
3) Biological effects ; of low dose radiation exposure from nuclear.
4) Used fuel management ; as well as future applications for climate change mitigation.
5) Nuclear energy ; for electricity; hydrogen economy; as well as tar sands.
Projecting a future climate: the science, the tools, and what is coming
Organizer: Ouranos Consortium – Montreal, Quebec
Moreover, this 3-hour course will deal with essential questions associated with the issue of climate change, more specifically climate models and their projections. It will be divided in three parts:
– Part 1 – The emergence of global warming
As a matter of fact, the physical science behind the processes leading to global warming is very complex. For this reason, it took time before overwhelming evidence regarding its reality was collected. The physical basis leading to global warming will be reviewed along with an account of how this concept came to be accepted by the scientific community. However, the path from the simplest “back of the envelope” computations to the complex climate models of today will described.
– Part 2 – Climate Models: The State of the Art
Be that as it may, the more sophisticated and most-used tools for climate change studies are numerical climate models. These models attempt to reproduce the more relevant interactions of the Earth’s climate system; following the fundamental physical laws.
In order to do so; very complex computer programs are developed and run in large computer systems. Climate models are still growing in complexity; and try to respond to an ever-increasing demand in their capacity to reproduce fine-scale features. In this part, we will discuss the functioning of these models; and will stress their strengths and weaknesses.
– Part 3 – Future climate: Possible Scenarios
Nevertheless, Climate models produce a massive amount of data that need to be processed; as well as evaluated before being delivered to users. These studies contribute to the characterization of climate change in different geographical regions; different timescales and different fields; such as hydrology; forestry or infrastructure maintenance.
However, the expected changes in a future climate. Along with the associated level of confidence will be discussed in the context of a series of studies. A particular focus will be given to the climate information available for engineering work in Canada.
Assessment of Infrastructure Vulnerability to Climate Change
Organizer: Engineers Canada – Ottawa, Ontario
As a matter of fact, experts generally agree that the climate is changing. Climate change can affect the way engineered structures are designed, managed as well as operated.
However, it will guide participants through a step-by-step process that has been developed to assess infrastructure climate change risk. Techniques demonstrated in this workshop will assist participants to effectively incorporate climate change adaptation considerations into; design, development as well as management of existing; also, planned infrastructure systems.
Nonetheless, we will be discussing has been specifically developed to assess climate change adaptation issues for public infrastructure. The protocol has been applied in seven climate change engineering vulnerability assessments covering things; such as; buildings; roads; stormwater as well as wastewater treatment; collection systems; as well as water resource systems.
However, the concepts covered in the workshop may be generally applicable to other engineered structures; as well as systems. The workshop will comprise a formal presentation of climate change engineering vulnerability assessment principles; followed by group work case studies conducted by workshop participants; facilitated by the Nodelcorp team. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers to the workshop to aid in the case study analysis.
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