Friday, December 18, 2009

Follow up on climate change funding

The dangers climate change presents can be described as follows: if in the future the world is significantly hotter then some regions may not produce as much food or water as they currently do and this can lead to drought, starvation and dehydration. Furthermore, many scientists have pointed out that climate change is likely to cause more episodes of extreme weather conditions. Extreme weather patterns (like say a tsunami or hurricane) can appear quite quickly and can have devastating effects on the local population’s ability to feed itself. This is all the more poignant in poor countries where the local populations tend to lack adequate financial resources.

In order to compensate for the effects of global warming it is critical for the world to develop distribution methods to facilitate providing food, water or medicine to people in need at any corner of the earth. There is plenty of evidence that earth’s temperatures have risen over the last 100 years. While we should always do our best to prevent future extreme weather patterns, we have a collective need to be able to endure whatever weather mother earth throws at us. Many scientists predict increased extreme weather patterns which is supported anecdotally by looking at the large number of extreme weather problems we’ve had in recent years (like the recent tsunami or the series of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico region). When an extreme weather pattern hits it is imperative that we be able to deliver food, water and medical supplies to the region as quickly and effectively as possible.

I would like to recommend that some of the money being earmarked to fight climate change be devoted to developing a distribution networks to help ensure that no one (no matter where they were born) will be wanting food or water if their region is subjected to harsh weather conditions.

Jacob Levman

P.S. A big hunk of climate change money should be devoted to funding every scientist and engineer in the world who has a mildly plausible research idea that may one day assist in preventing catastrophic climate change. Betting on a future technology to save us from this problem is probably far better than expecting a very expensive emissions reduction strategy to significantly improve the earth's climate.