Climate Change: Impacts and Solutions
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Newsletter January 2014
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9 over 40oC, making almost unliveable conditions in Alice Springs as well as surrounding communities. This will obviously greatly affect the economy as well as the quality of life in the NT. The young people who are currently living in the NT are the people who will experience these changes in the future, when the current generation of leaders and decision makers are - gone. While the youth of the NT do not generally think of climate change as their problem, it is definitely a problem that will greatly affect their lives in the future if the problem is not addressed (K. Hennessy et al. 2004, p.8). It is evident from the above research that climate change cannot be ignored because the likely damage that is predicted is far greater than the perceived economic damage that may be caused by solving the problem. This means that in the long term, mitigating climate change using an array of different solutions is the best economic pathway that can be taken at this point in time. Solutions Many adaptation and mitigation options can help address climate change, but no single option is sufficient by itself. Effective implementation depends on policies and cooperation at all scales, and can be enhanced through integrated responses that link adaptation and mitigation with other societal objectives. (IPCC, Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report: Summary for policy makers, 2014, p. 18) Solving a problem like climate change is a multi-faceted challenge that will require reducing greenhouse gas pollution in all parts of our society. There is no one action that will do this, so a solution will require multiple initiatives to reduce pollution produced by industry, electricity production and transportation, among other areas. Nuclear Nuclear energy is an alternative to fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy. Nuclear power has many advantages, some being the fact that it is cleaner than fossil fuels in terms of air pollution, able to provide base load power easily, and has a relatively large supply of fuel left in the ground. It also has several disadvantages. The IPCC Summary for policymakers has this to say about nuclear energy: Nuclear energy is a mature low-GHG emission source of baseload power, but its share of global electricity generation has been declining (since 1993). Nuclear energy could make an increasing contribution to low carbon energy supply, but a variety of barriers and risks exist (robust evidence, high agreement). Those include: operational risks, and the associated concerns, uranium mining risks, financial and regulatory risks, unresolved waste management issues, nuclear weapon proliferation concerns, and adverse public opinion (robust evidence, high agreement). New fuel cycles and reactor technologies addressing some of these issues are being investigated and progress in research and development has been made concerning safety and waste disposal. (IPCC, Summary for Policymakers, In: Climate Change 2014, Mitigation of Climate Change., 2014, p. 21)
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