September 23, 2014
A Japanese Weather Report Shows How it Will Be in the Year 2050
How will it be in Year 2050? It seems that 2050 will be a benchmark year for most fields and concerns. It is regarded as the end of the oil age and the advent of nanotechnology. Consequently, a new super modern technology will be available. At the rate Apple is going, it will be iPhone 30 or another series like nanoPhone (nPhone)! Some scientists predicted that space explorations will be so advanced that planet Mars will be accessible and inhabited. In bio-technology, there was a prediction that genetic babies for the rich will be available. We could go on and on and accept the fact that many things, which may be unthinkable today, will be possible tomorrow.
But one field which should not be neglected and be taken lightly, as far as the future is concerned, is the state of the world environment, specifically world temperature. The series of Assessment Reports (AR) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) submitted to the United Nation Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had also seen the year 2050 as a critical year for climate change. Later reports even peg it earlier than 2050 due to the observed sudden high rate of increase in greenhouse gas emissions (ghg) from developed countries. World temperature increase is being kept to a maximum of two degrees Centigrade (2°C). Unless something is done, that maximum may be hit even before 2050. It means a lot of environmental damage similar to what we are experiencing now.
Globally, the following environmental are impacts are expected to happen by the Year 2050 due to high temperature; half of the Amazon will be deforested, wildfire incidents would triple, food and water supply will be scarce, rise in sea water levels would have sunk many islands resulting to migration of people, ice sheets in the Arctic had gone thus making 90% of sunlight heat being absorbed by the earth, coral decay and marine deaths due to ocean acidification, irregular weather patterns, heavy rainfalls unseen before, and typhoons measured not anymore in kilometers per hour but in meters per second due to its high speed velocity, and thousands more of doomsday-like inevitable scenarios.
But the enumerated above are not new. Many times, in this column, I had mentioned them. Yet it seems nobody is listening. Those who have the power and the authority to effect solid and concrete measures seem to be taking their sweet time as if we have a luxury of it. But the truth is they have already started. The time to act had been called years ago. Hopefully, we had not arrived yet at the point of no return. The present Climate Summit in New York City is a good sign. It will be highlighted by another round of high-level talks among the leaders of different countries. Still another will happen by the end of this year in Lima, Peru. But everyone is looking forward in 2015 UNFCCC meeting in Paris. That meeting, as intended, should finalize more than 20 years of organization, discussion, and promulgation of a blue print which will be the basis of the UN in addressing climate change.
To connect, be relevant, motivate, and compel people to act, lots of strategies had been used. I had already featured some in my earlier articles. Let me add one more. It is a video entitled, “The Weather Report For September 23, 2050” in Japan. It is a trip to the future, thirty six (36) years from now, which shows us how a weather report will be like on that day. Again, hopefully, painting the near future as accurately as possible may stir everyone to action. Here is the futuristic weather report.
I wonder how the CNN, NBC, CBS, GMA7, ABS-CBN, and other networks’ weather report would be on the same day? Relatively the similar, am sure. Or maybe even worse! The good news is that some of us may not be anymore there to watch them. The bad news is that our children, the next generation, will be there. And I wonder what they will say about us, the previous generation, regarding how we have managed this earth? Your answer is as good as mine!
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2 Comments on “A Japanese Weather Report Shows How it Will Be in the Year 2050”
chris says September 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Well the sad truth is that as long as we live in a mainly Capital oriented system not much will change until it damages the “bottom line” (profit).
In reality a lot can be done and a lot IS already starting to be done. Some scary things like Geo-engineering for example, research into carbon cleaning ideas and others.
Some solution are very obvious like use of solar energy, BUT are not really pushed in this country because this clashes with some interests of the powerful / rich in this country who protect their own interests for obvious reasons. It beggars believe how we can live with continuous brown out issues, rising pollution of air and sea but no politician is coming up with a proper plan to increase renewable energy systems. Solar alone had an overall increase in produce of MW’s by 114% last year. The increase in the Philippines is marginal compared to that as we rather built coal fired power stations in nature reserves (Palawan) and so on.
Still the “revolution has begun and the planet will change. This will be a major game changer not only for our energy but for the world societies as a whole.
I am confident that, while things will be rocky, it will turn out good as humans will come together in the end to afe themselves..
Fr. Benny Tuazon says September 29, 2014 at 5:47 am
We can only continue to hope. The advocacy suffers in that it is still “mildly” experienced. We can only pray that there can still be an option or possible counter action when things are worse.