Monthly Archives: May 2011

Climate change: it may start affecting your life as well

We don’t have much time to react and I’m not trying to be pessimistic through this post

I have just been conducting a research on the relationship of climate change and international trade and the possible measures to be taken in order to stop global warming, which could affect international transactions of goods.

As a result of this study, I have found some interesting facts about climate change that I would like to share with you. The reason: they have made some impact on how I conceived the effects on global warming. At first I thought they were not that tangible.

It is expected that during the 21st century, temperature will rise between 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius. Scientists believe that right-now, the earth is nearly 0.8ºC hotter.

If we look at the consequences of this one-degree change at the Bay of Bengal, we will find islets which have actually disappeared. This was the case of New Moore islet, at archipelago of Sunderbans. This small piece of land (about 3.5 km length and 3 km width) was completely covered by the sea on March 2010.

At a political context, this territory is still in dispute between India and Bangladesh, because of sea boundaries and control over the land. Now it doesn’t even exist. It is rather comical to observe that nature has dismissed a problem that couldn´t be solved by two countries at a diplomatic level.

The archipelago of Tuvalu is affected by continuous floods, and people are migrating to New Zealand with the state of “climate change refugees”. A diplomat will have to start worrying about those processes which shall be created at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evaluate when to give someone this particular condition of refugee.

In my opinion, it is important to pay more attention to those places which are now being affected by global warming. People at the Bay of Bengal or at Tuvalu are not guilty for all the carbon emissions which have led to the rise of the sea level.

I have found two examples, but I’m sure the list can get really longer by now.

This video is just to be aware that climate change is not a myth. It is happening and we can’t be sure when it may start affecting your life as well.

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What would a politician do?

I haven´t been really close to politics, but I’ve noticed that it can be so enriching that it can even turn into one’s passion. Although we must be clear that not everyone should be a politician, win elections or hold public office, it’s interesting for me if you start seeing the world as if you were one.

Everything in life has an aspect related to politics, and I’d like to discover that political or diplomatic view. With some help from you, dear reader, we could both create knowledge on the issue.

I guess I want to specialize myself on observing. It’s an interesting hobby to write about the things you find while walking down the street. If you like to see it otherwise -which is completely acceptable- i’m a frustrated journalist.

I have realized that in my country, people don’t pay that much attention to what happens around them in terms of politics.

They seem to think that news are told only from the house of government or ministry, or just when some government employee’s activities become an scandal…

That’s the kind of political scenario we’ve been used to enjoy. Mainly because we are still evolving on that social science.

Today, i got the urge of filling this space with visions of a city that has its own personality, but can express the reality of a world it has been inserted in.

It has streets where you find the most unforeseen situations, yet lives at its own pace not expecting anything from anyone.