The Hottest Year 2016 – Climate Change is Becoming Agonizing

In December 2015, the met office of the UK had already predicted 2016 to be warmer than all previous years.

Similarly NOAA and NASA also claimed 2016 as one of the hottest years in the record after observing climate extremities in February. The same was reiterated by WMO – World Meteorological organization in July after observing 14 consecutive record breaking months.

As we stepped into 2017 with the statistics of 2016, it became evident that 2016 was 1.1°C warmer than previous year’s average across the world. With the El Nino effects, meteorologists agree that the major reason behind this rising temperature was the frequent climate change issue.

NSW summer faces severe consequences of climate change

Researchers believe that the main cause of record average temperatures and heat wave in NSW was the strong climate change, besetting eastern states of Australia in the last summer season.

Culminating the epic days of February 11 – 12th, repeated heat waves have already broken extreme temperature records along with pushing the mercury 45°C beyond in various areas of the state. A devastating fire and extreme temperatures consumed entire villages and perished wildlife from simple exposure to extreme heat.

As per different research models and analysis;

“It is evident that average summer temperatures like those seen during 2016-2017 are now at least 50 times more likely in the current climate than in the past, before global warming began.”

In extension to that, scientists stated:

“The heat seen this past summer across parts of Australia is still rare in our current climate. However, if greenhouse gas emissions are not dramatically reduced, intense summer heat will become the norm in the future,”

At the local level, the climate change signals are still there. Analyzing the extreme temperature that struck Australia’s city Canberra shows that these weather calamities have almost 50% more possibility of occurring in 2017 than it was previously expected in 2016.

“We see that average summer temperatures like those seen during 2016-2017 are now at least 50 times more likely in the current climate than in the past, before global warming began,” say researchers in a report.

The highest temperature in a single day has also been observed in more likely proportions – by a factor of 10. Previously these temperatures were expected to occur once in 500 years, these calamities are more common now and are observed every 50 years.

As per Geert Jan Van Oldenburg – working on the research presented by Meteorological Bureau of the Netherlands;

“We are moving towards a situation that these kind of attribution studies are not peer-reviewed themselves but based on peer-reviewed methods. Just like a seasonal forecast, or indeed a weather forecast. If the situation has novel aspects we tend to write a scientific article about it afterwards, but I do not think that this one qualifies given the amount of work that has already been published on heat waves and warm seasons in Australia,”

As we see Australia and other countries being badly affected by these climatic changes, there is a dire need for appropriate measures to be taken collaboratively across the world – preventing further consequences.

Renault, Fiat and VW Scam Will Quicken the Surge of Electric Cars

The latest emission rigging probes have been announced on both sides of the Atlantic, hitting diesel cars with many devastating scandals. 

If we consider the accusations as true, car companies are undoubtedly showing serious negligence with regards to human health. But in some way, this negligence can be a gain for the future generation. Moreover, the fallout from ‘dieselgate‘, a year ago, confirms that diesel calamity is likely to raise the surge of electric cars.

As per the director at Transport & Environment – Greg Archer; 

“There has been a real sea change in attitude by the car industry, in favor of electric vehicles and recognizing that this is the beginning of the end of diesel in passenger cars,” 

The scandal of emission rigging is calamitous for VW 

As per the latest news, six executives of VW face criminal charges and the company has been fined with $4.3bn dollars, making it $20bn in total after the company was initially fined by US Environment Protection Agency – EPA. 

Archer also added; “That Fiat issue in the US will not be limited to the US – those vehicles and that engine are being used in Europe as well,”    

KPMG collected stats in a survey of almost 1,000 auto executives and a majority of them agreed that diesel is almost dead now. With that, they called battery electric vehicles as the top trend of the auto industry. 

 VW scandal and political development  

The sale, after the VW scandal, apparently did not affect diesel cars, but there have been significant political developments. With the EU’s latest testing regulations,  diesel cars will become more expensive. Also, considering the subsidy scheme, EU holds a much higher proportion of diesel cars than anywhere else.       

Meanwhile, Athens, Madrid, Paris and Mexico City have too, announced the ban of diesel cars by the year 2025. In France, people who buy electric cars over diesel cars, are given €10,000. 

Similarly, Sadiq Khan – London mayor – has initiated a scheme in which drivers of diesel cars are charged with £10 on entering the center of the city. 

All of these political agendas and the devaluation of diesel cars in the consumers’ eyes emerged from the outrage against VW’s duplicity. 

“Everyone sees which way it is going. Eighteen months ago, the industry was really big on diesel. A load of UK companies was advertising ‘clean diesel’ on TV. I don’t think you’ll see that sort of campaign again. There’s been a shift in priorities of perception that the dieselgate scandal has brought about.” said Archer. 

VW to become the leading electric car manufacturer 

To rebuild its previous reputation, VW has decided to wash off the stigma by building electric cars. The company aims at becoming the leading electric car manufacturer in the world, as announced last November.

VW plans to build almost 1 million electric cars each year by 2025. The uprising regulatory moves and with that, the extreme competition of electric and hybrid vehicles have given rise to the perfect storm. This storm is likely to cause the fall of diesel cars’ market share in this decade as also predicted by the UBS. 

 

“Hello Koalas Sculpture trail welcomes its inaugural community champions.” Greater Port Macquarie Focus Magazine

“With 12 months to go, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (www.hellokoalas.com) is beginning to materialise as the signature cultural event for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Fifty large-scale, creatively inspired fi breglass koala sculptures will dot the landscape, from the coast to the hinterland, to form an innovative Sculpture Trail from September 2014 to December 2015”

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