4: It's Getting Hot In Here!
Welcome to Episode Four- It's Getting Hot In Here! This month we have decided to tackle the BIG topic of Global Warming. We have gone right back to basics discussing those greenhouse gases we've all heard about, the story of carbon, what is happening to our world's temperature right now and why it is so important that we take action before it's too late. Do you want to know why it's so warm? With many European countries experiencing record breaking temperatures this week, it seems a fitting time to ask, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? We have the answers for you. So grab a cool, refreshing drink and buckle up! Since recording this episode we discovered that a woman called Eunice Newton Foote was one of the first women in climate science and in 1856 she theorized that changes in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could affect the Earth’s temperature. She is hardly mentioned at all through articles, research and history in general, in fact she didn't even get a chance to present or read her own research at the American Association of the Advancement of Science, a mad did it instead. So we would like to dedicate our episode to this incredible woman who was written out of history and recognise her breakthrough discovery. Women are at the forefront of this fight for a better, safer planet and we now know that over 150 years ago, this was also the case. https://time.com/5626806/eunice-foote-women-climate-science/ *SHOW NOTES* *Definition of Global Warming: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-warming-101 *Greenhouse Gases: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases https://www.britannica.com/science/greenhouse-gas/Methane *Difference between Global Warming Climate Change: https://skepticalscience.com/print.php?r=326 *Ice Age 21,000 years ago: https://medium.com/@humanoriginproject/evidence-of-global-warming-the-end-of-the-last-ice-age-a54f5e40d9b3 *Time line Global Warming - Bloomberg Business Video (3 mins 16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McRYTC56DC4 *More on James Hansen and climate science in the U.S. (long read but worth it): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/01/magazine/climate-change-losing-earth.html *Carbon Cycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXGPL0sZ3CY *What is carbon? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/feb/03/carbon *Periodic Table: http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table/element/6/carbon *Methane Leak 2014 InfaRed Imagery: https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=88245 *All below from Ice On Fire : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elf0RFBhr8I -ICE ON FIRE: Burned 1.4 trillion tonnes of carbon in the atmosphere -Carbon linked to 5 mass extinctions -Measure carbon impact Negative Carbon 14 -Arctic warming 3 times faster than the rest of the world *Keelings Curve: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/wp-content/plugins/sio-bluemoon/graphs/co2_800k_zoom.png *Global Temperature measured land, air, sea - average mean temperature: https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-how-do-scientists-measure-global-temperature *Carbon Dioxide Increase of 50% since 1990: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change/ *Paris Climate Agreement: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris_en *IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change): https://www.ipcc.ch/ 2018 report breakdown: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report SOLUTIONS: *Plant 8 trees per person: http://blog.phantomforest.com/2016/09/how-many-trees-are-needed-to-produce-enough-oxygen-for-one-person/ *Feeding Kelp to Cows: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/save-the-plankton-breathe-freely/ *Underwater plants can sequester 5 times more carbon than land based plants: https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-8176 *Carbon Capture Machines: https://www.carbonbrief.org/direct-co2-capture-machines-could-use-quarter-global-energy-in-2100 *Renewable energy beating coal on cost: https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2018/12/03/plunging-prices-mean-building-new-renewable-energy-is-cheaper-than-running-existing-coal/#642aff2831f3 *Robert Swan Quote "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it" Groups to get involved with: Climate Case Ireland https://www.climatecaseireland.ie/ Stop Climate Chaos https://www.stopclimatechaos.ie/ Not here Not anywhere https://notherenotanywhere.com/ Extinction Rebellion Ireland https://extinctionrebellionireland.com/ Cool planet experience https://www.coolplanetexperience.org/ Voice Ireland https://voiceireland.org/ Young Friends of the Earth https://www.youngfoe.ie/ Friends of the Earth Ireland https://www.foe.ie/ Active Hope * https://www.activehope.info/index.html *LOOK UP* Takeaway David Wallace Wells - uninhabitable earth https://www.bookdepository.com/Uninhabitable-Earth-David-Wallace-wells/9780241355213 Joe Rogan Podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoWXvMQ3xqg