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Post time 2019-9-23 15:15:46 |Display all floors
On August 6, 2019, record-breaking fires broke out in the Amazon rainforest, known as the "lungs of the Earth," triggering global concern. The fires are still burning today.

"First, the fires release a large amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Second, mass deforestation reduces the forests' ability to absorb carbon dioxide," Lin Yanluan, professor at Tsinghua University, told CGTN.

The Amazon rainforest accounts for more than half of the world's total rainforest area. It produces 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen while absorbing a vast amount of carbon dioxide. However, it has long been threatened by fires. According to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, more than 70,000 fires was spotted nationwide in August 2019, an 85-percent increase from last year.

"Several studies suggest that if more than 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest were deforested, its whole ecosystem would reach a tipping point. After reaching this critical threshold, the Amazon would slowly turn into, a tropical grassland, for example, and the impact would be massive," Lin noted.

"Now, if before the Amazon cleaned carbon from the air, afterward it might became a new source of carbon emissions," he continued.

On a more positive side, leaders and representatives of the seven South American countries, namely Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Suriname, and Guyana, on September 6 signed a pact to create an Amazon rainforest disaster response network and satellite surveillance to battle logging and forest fires while conducting rainforest reconstruction.

Dr. Lu Chunhui, associate research fellow with the National Climate Center at the China Meteorological Administration, has studied climate change for over 10 years. In his opinion, people could do three things to fight climate change: First, acknowledge the existence of climate change; second, save energy and reduce emissions; third, adapt to climate change.

"The global average temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius over the last 100 to 150 years. Such a phenomenon is not natural. That is to say, if there is no carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, it would not have risen so dramatically," Dr. Lu told CGTN.

"Climate change is real. We also recognize this fact, and we are now working on fighting against it," he added.

As the most populous and largest developing country in the world, China firmly upholds multilateralism and has always been an active participant and defender of multilateral efforts to address climate change.

For instance, China has taken action in nine aspects to address the issue, including nature-based solutions, energy transition, and industrial transformation, according to China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment. Among them, a nationwide carbon emission trading system that officially launched in 2017 is the world's largest carbon trading market, representing China's commitment to the Paris Agreement.

By December 2018, China had cut its carbon emission by 45.8 percent from the 2005 level, meeting its 2020 carbon target, which aims to lower emissions by 40 to 45 percent ahead of schedule. By June 2019, seven pilot regions had seen a total trading quota of about 330 million tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to around 7.1 billion yuan (1 billion U.S. dollar.)

"There is a growing recognition of the efforts that China is doing in order to reduce its emissions to become a leader in clean technologies to really be able to share their good experiences with different countries in the world," said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"China always has been critical and very positive. In Paris, China really contributed a lot in reaching the Paris Agreement. And over the past four years, China really delivered very well. So I think China has set one of the good examples for the world that the energy transition is possible, so economic transition also is possible," Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General of UN, told CGTN.

"For the United Nations, I think we are quite confident that countries like China and some Europeans, and even some other emerging economies, I think they are doing very well," he said.

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Post time 2019-9-23 18:14:55 |Display all floors
Our youngest activist:   Greta Thunberg- I am 15 years old and I am from Sweden and I want to save our world...

    Same time she uses a racing yacht to sail to New York.  She refused to fly because aviation has such an enormous carbon footprint per capita!!! There is no toilet nor much light in the cabin, will have to read by headlamp. In a particularly acute challenge for a teenager with more than 871,000 Twitter followers, she will not have much access to the internet. God forbid, one of her 871,000 Twitter followers on line while hanging over the side...

   Going to a school strike on Friday;  silly to strike over the weekend, that's our free day without this terrible school...Some say the Asperger’s syndrome is visible and Greta was diagnosed four years ago...
   A two-week trip across the Atlantic on a solar-powered yacht would keep her away from school...

    However, students worldwide were just to happy to have a day off...

   In over 150 countries, young climate strikers  demand an end to the age of fossil fuels...

      But there was one so called 100 Western society which gave it the cold shoulder:
              Hong Kong...

  They rather went the other way and burned chairs and tables from restaurants, any other moveable items from public transport system including National flags etc as long as it was combustible after soaking it with inflammable fluids...   Them to were students too, some as young as 13 years doing their upmost towards Flag desecration...
   In Austria flag desecration is illegal and offenders can be fined or punished with up to 6 months of imprisonment.
   In Finland it is illegal to desecrate the flag...
In France, a fine of €7,500 (and six months' imprisonment if performed in a gathering)...
   fined or sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison if the act was intentionally used to support
In Germany a maximum of five years in prison if the act was intentionally used to support the eradication of the Federal Republic of Germany..
  Israel, six teenagers in the South Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam were arrested for burning an Israeli flag  and today face up to three years in prison...
  Sout Korea, imposes up to 5 years in prison, disfranchisement of up to 10 years, or a fine up to 7 million South Korean won for damaging, removing, or staining a South Korean flag or emblem with intent to insult the South Korean state...
  Switzerland, destruction, removal, or desecration of national emblems installed by a public authority (i.e., the Swiss flag, the Swiss coat of arms, the cantonal or municipal flags and coats of arms) is punishable by a monetary penalty or imprisonment of up to three years...
In the UK burning of the British flag is a criminal offense...
  

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Post time 2019-9-23 21:06:15 |Display all floors
We already lost.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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Post time 2019-9-23 23:36:19 |Display all floors
emanreus Post time: 2019-9-23 18:14
Our youngest activist:   Greta Thunberg- I am 15 years old and I am from Sweden and I want to save o ...

Wait a second ... you are equating a naturally occurring phenomenon with the riots in Hong Kong? That takes a real special kind of st...
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2019-9-23 23:39:07 |Display all floors
The climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2019-9-24 06:34:14 |Display all floors
Global Warming

This is a propaganda offensive primarily aimed at legitimising deadly nuclear energy. The world government moans and gnashes it's teeth over global warming while simultaneously increasing populations, permitting deforestation and doubling motor vehicle sizes. Nobody speaks about species extinction or the hazards of 5G radiation.
9/11 was an inside job.
No second plane.It was a bomb.Bomb in the other building.
You KNOW without a doubt the videos are fake,right ?!
Planes don't meld into steel and concrete buildings.They crash into them !!!!!!!
It's amazing how the building ate the plane !!!
Imagine those fragile wings cutting slots in massive steel columns !!!!!
How STUPID can they think the people are to believe that crap ??!!

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Post time 2019-9-24 19:35:39 |Display all floors
petera Post time: 2019-9-23 17:34
Global Warming

This is a propaganda offensive primarily aimed at legitimising deadly nuclear energy ...

More BULLSH1T from the Forum nut.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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