Saturday, 19 November 2016

HOB Hangout

House of Babiti, HANGOUT 

There is a time in the year, a very special one, when the need to reflect, review and revamp our work as a group and as a Green citizen is imperative. The name House of Babiti has been on the air whether as thin as matches flame or a forest fire according to your perception, for 11 month. But I want to tell you we are in motion. The question now is what have we done, what are we doing, where are we going, why are we going there and how are we getting there.  

 The hangout is a visual meeting which every member around the location, you are highly expected to be there. Sorry we need you to be there. It is slated in other to discuss the state and affairs of the initiative. Meet up, connect, learn and dine with each other.  

I have an exam. Yes, but it just going to take 2hours out of your time on Sunday evening, 20th November 2016. Time will be communicated to you later. Venue is Eden, New Buka, Obafemi Awolowo University. And if you’re not in Ife, don’t worry you won’t be left out.

I hope to see you there. Cheers

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What is happening?

It been a while since I last posted on this blog, you might be wondering what could have happened. Yes, some things have happened over this past weeks or let say months. Some development that were not posted and some limitation that has slowed us down, of course the team is very much active, a lot of physical and online engagement is going on with some members in the society.  

My last posted dated Monday, 29 August 2016, during this time myself and Olugbemi Kayode and of course Ekpa Stanley have been discussing extensively about getting our initiative registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC, we went ahead to secure the name but couldn’t complete the process due to lack of funding, after our enormous effort to raise fund among ourselves failed. 

House of Babiti was selected to participate in the African Women Mentoring Network that took place in Lagos, I was granted a session to meet with the experts in the different category like legal adviser, fundraising expert, branding, recruitment and other much needing tool, to advance a civic career. It was such an experience. Like it is known, our initiative aim is to advocate, promote and support youth’s participation in environmental actions; we have started the race already by reaching out to young people and introducing eco-sustainability through well driven organization platform that could gear climate action among young people especially in universities and college.  

The question now is how we can explore greater height. Our activities have been resting on self support, volunteers and little donations from individuals. For us to go a step higher towards reaching a wider community with the legal certification, means we need to get registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission, this is the major thing that was emphasized at the last session we had in Lagos, this brought us back to our progressive struggle, a struggle to illuminate a vision and a dream to see our country’s youth become pro-active, when it comes to climate action and risk mitigation. The things learnt at the session were put into practice. We started another round of fundraising, this time not to student like ourselves but people who believe in the ability of young people to be agent of change.  

We sent personal notes to different people and got different responses. Some promised, some kept quiet and others spoke frankly. Our hopes are high enough as we waited patiently. This is something really difficult to achieve especially among our people. People would doubt your sincerity or ability to keep up with the goal, but one thing is sure the passion is an unquenchable fire on a tree that moves in all direction to touch other bigger trees. Self exploration has never allowed weary or disconcert.  

The Nigeria Alternative Exposition was an opportunity to meet with practitioners and see the different model use for alternative energy which is one way to reduce carbon consumption that would save our planet. Mediating the three days work was an awesome experience for me.

 I believe every successful organization started from somewhere with some people at some time, it was not a coincident that it happen, they are great people who have a positive outlook of what the world is to become and created the perfect model that would suit that vision.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Do you know these 12 Environmentalists?

 I found this and thought I should share with my Nigerian youths, who are sceptical about the "ENVIRONMENTALISM" .

Environmentalists have had a big impact on our lives, but most people can’t name one famous environmentalist. Here’s a list of 12 influential scientists, conservationists, ecologists and other rabble-rousing leaders everyone should know.

 John Muir, Naturalist and Writer

 John Muir (1838-1914) was born in Scotland and emigrated to Wisconsin as a young boy. His lifelong passion for hiking began as a young man when he hiked to the Gulf of Mexico. Muir spent much of his adult life wandering in — and fighting to preserve — the wilderness of the western United States, especially California. His tireless efforts led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and millions of other conservation areas. Muir was a profound influence on many leaders of his day, including Theodore Roosevelt. In 1892, Muir and others founded the Sierra Club “to make the mountains glad.” 

Rachel Carson, Scientist and Author

Rachel Carson(1907-1964) is regarded by many as the founder of the modern environmental movement. Born in rural Pennsylvania, she went on to study biology at Johns Hopkins University and Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. After working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carson published The Sea Around Us and other books. Her most famous work, however, was 1962’s controversial Silent Spring, in which she described the devastating effect that pesticides were having on the environment. Though pilloried by chemical companies and others, Carson’s observations were proven correct and pesticides like DDT were eventually banned. 

Edward Abbey, Author and Monkey-Wrencher

 Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was one of America’s most dedicated — and most outrageous — environmentalists. Born in Pennsylvania, he is best known for his passionate defense of the deserts of America’s Southwest. After working for the National Park Service in what is now Arches National Park in Utah, Abbey wrote Desert Solitaire, one of the seminal works of the environmental movement. His later book, The Monkey Wrench Gang, gained notoriety as an inspiration for the radical environmental group Earth First!, which has been accused of eco-sabotage by some, including many mainstream environmentalists.

Aldo Leopold, Ecologist and Author

 Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is considered by some to be the godfather of wilderness conservation and of modern ecologists. After studying forestry at Yale University, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. Though he was originally asked to kill bears, cougars and other predators on federal land because of protests from local ranchers, he later adopted a more holistic approach to wilderness management. His best-known book, A Sand County Almanac, remains one of the most eloquent pleas for the preservation of wilderness ever composed.

Julia Hill, Environmental Activist

 Julia “Butterfly” Hill (1974-) is one of the most committed environmentalists alive today. After nearly dying in an auto accident in 1996, she dedicated her life to environmental causes. For almost two years, Hill lived in the branches of an ancient redwood tree (which she named Luna) in northern California to save it from being cut down. Her tree-sit became an international cause célèbre, and Hill remains involved in environmental and social causes.

Henry David Thoreau, Author and Activist

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was one of America’s first philosopher-writer-activists, and he is still one of the most influential. In 1845, Thoreau — disillusioned with much of contemporary life — set out to live alone in a small house he built near the shore of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. The two years he spent living a life of utter simplicity were the inspiration for Walden, or A Life in the Woods, a meditation on life and nature that is considered a must-read for all environmentalists. Thoreau also wrote an influential political piece called Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience) that outlined the moral bankruptcy of overbearing governments.

 Theodore Roosevelt, Politician and Conservationist

 It might surprise some that a famed big-game hunter would make it onto a list of environmentalists, but Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was one of the most active champions of wilderness preservation in history. As governor of New York, he outlawed the use of feathers as clothing adornment in order to prevent the slaughter of some birds. While president of the United States (1901-1909), Roosevelt set aside hundreds of millions of wilderness acres, actively pursued soil and water conservation, and created over 200 national forests, national monuments, national parks and wildlife refuges. 

Chico Mendes, Conservationist and Activist


Chico Mendes (1944-1988) is best known for his efforts at saving the rainforests of Brazil from logging and ranching activities. Mendes came from a family of rubber harvesters who supplemented their income by sustainably gathering nuts and other rainforest products. Alarmed at the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, he helped to ignite international support for its preservation. His activities, however, drew the ire of powerful ranching and timber interests — Mendes was murdered by cattle ranchers at age 44. 

Wangari Maathai, Political Activist and Environmentalist

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was an environmental and political activist in Kenya. After studying biology in the United States, she returned to Kenya to begin a career that combined environmental and social concerns. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in Africa and helped to plant over 30 million trees, providing jobs to the unemployed while also preventing soil erosion and securing firewood. She was appointed Assistant Minister in the Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, and in 2004 Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, while continuing to fight for the rights of women, the politically oppressed and the natural environment. 

Gaylord Nelson, Politician and Environmentalist

No other name is more associated with Earth Day than that of Gaylord Nelson(1916-2005). After returning from World War II, Nelson began a career as a politician and environmental activist that was to last the rest of his life. As governor of Wisconsin, he created an Outdoor Recreation Acquisition Program that saved about one million acres of park land. He was instrumental in the development of a national trails system (including the Appalachian Trail), and help pass the Wilderness Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and other landmark environmental legislation. He is perhaps best known as the founder of Earth Day, which has become an international celebration of all things environmental.

David Brower, Environmental Activist

 David Brower (1912-2000) has been associated with wilderness preservation since he began mountain climbing as a young man. Brower was appointed the Sierra Club’s first executive director in 1952; over the next 17 years, membership grew from 2,000 to 77,000, and they won many environmental victories. His confrontational style, however, got Brower fired from the Sierra Club — he nonetheless went on to found the groups Friends of the Earth, the Earth Island Institute and the League of Conservation Voters.

Source - EarthCorps

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Watch this video, introducing House of Babiti

House of Babiti - an initiative dedicated to advocate, promote and support youths participation in environmental actions. Rejuvenating and ignite young passion for Eco-sustainability.

 This brief introduction is given by Barakat Tiamiyu (Team Lead,  House of Babiti)

Click on the link below to watch on YouTubes://

Monday, 20 June 2016

Our Commitment towards the SDGs- Climate Action (Major)

"Do you about the SDGs or better said the Sustainable Development Goals" I asked a boy in my neighborhood. I was surprised as he said "I have never heard about it before". I repeated the same question to my little cousin, and seriously, he was blank. I took it as a challenge, to tell them about the SDGs in their schools. Al-Aleem College is a kick start.
I felt there's is something that has to be done concerning young people been involve in nation building but when they are not aware of what going on in the system as from now, and the only thing they hear about is how people get huge money from corruption, the bad things, the feeling of no hope.

Young student in primary and  secondary schools need to know about these things that affect our society, what needs to be or what is been done, and how they can be productive at an early age. It was nice talking to them. It was an encouragement to engage in activities beyond the classroom. The 17 sustainable development goals was well layout. I received great and positive talk about getting involve to promote peace, development, justice, environmental justice...... Thanks to these awesome students and staffs of Al-Aleem College.

#SDGs #Peace #ClimateAction #CleanEnergy #No2Poverty #NoHunger #Justice #Equalities #Innovative #DecentJobs #LifeOnLand #LifeInWater #GoodHealth #Education #Water #SustainableCities #ResponsibleComsumption #Partnership4TheGoals


Friday, 10 June 2016

Apply to attend the World Youth Summit for peace in Lahore, Pakistan


The Youth delegates & Youth Ambassadors of IHRC will come together for Conference in an open forum which encourages dialogue on the Human Rights Protection, Efforts for Peace, Empowerment for Women, Welfare of Children, Youth Development, and Respect for Dignity, Education, Health Services, countering drug trafficking, crime prevention, Anti- corruption, human trafficking, prevention of substance abuse, Interfaith Harmony and Justice for all. During the Conference, the delegates will discuss all the issues and crisis going on around the world. They will come up with solid polices as to how all these issues can be solved and how all human rights violation across the globe can be stopped.

Application deadline: June 30th 2016
 Click link below to for more details and register

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Apply - Project GEO (Green Enterprenuership Opportunity)

The project is tagged “Project GEO” – GEO stands for ‘Green Entrepreneurship Opportunities’.


 This online workshop is the first part of a two-part process. Part 2 of the workshop will be conducted through a 21-day boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa. Only successful participants in the online introductory workshop will be shortlisted to take part in the ‘fully-sponsored’ boot camp course, where candidates will be trained and mentored on how to design green enterprise projects, which will be fully funded by Green Shift Africa, relevant donor agencies and our partners. Project GEO is a scope-driven product initiated to solve an identified gap in Africa. The compelling thing about the value proposition Green Shift Africa Forum intends to promote with ‘Project GEO’ is the dearth of requisite skills to match the inevitable growth of the green market in Africa. Thus the need for skills enhancement brought about by well-targeted education and training. This becomes necessary so as to ensure that Africa’s growth strategy is well-blended with youth empowerment and skills acquisitions for career advancement and job opportunities in the green economy sector, and the opportunities it presents i.e. green technology, green business practices and environmental protection. 

The uniqueness of Green Shift Africa Forum value proposition lies in our approach to finding solutions to the green skills challenge. Through Education and Training ranging from a popular medium like the internet (online/virtual) to a camp based direct (face to face) medium, Green Shift Africa Forum intends to deliver the expertise needed by Africans to plug this skills gap. Our proposed method sets us apart from the few others who might have similar ideas mainly because of our ability to streamline the broad segments of green skills into this unique program, and our capability to deliver on this using the vast resources within and outside our organization. 

Click the link below to register.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Report - "Greening the Campus" Event at Kaduna State University


 “Greening the Campus” is the first campus seminar of the Green Campus Initiative at Kaduna State University, which introduces eco-sustainability, instigate sustainable actions among students in Kaduna State University. Barakat Tiamiyu; a Green Campus Ambassador, convenes the events, involving the different stakeholders that graced the occasion.  

The event was held at the faculty of science lecture theatre, Kaduna State University on the 31st May, 2016. 250 interested students from different department in the university were in attendance. It witnesses the presence of different university staffs and students. It was anchored by Yusuf Sokfa Kanhu (a youth ambassador). The theme “GREENING THE CAMPUS” event is aimed to create awareness about the importance of 'Going Green', to form a green family of volunteers working together, to build a positive and sustainable future. 

 The event was opened after the distinguish were recognized; Prof. Bala Dogo - Dean of Postgraduate Studies, KASU, Madam Ketura Aku– Administrator of Hamdala Hostel, Dr. Yusuf Saleh (Lecturer, Geography Department)– Representing (Dean, Faculty of Science- Prof. J. G. Laah). Speakers: Arc Gbolade Ogundele -Representing the Green Team,  Alpha Natheniel Hayab – Young Farmer’s Initiative, and Dr. Salamatu Sukai Akor – Mandela Washington Alumni.  

GCI was introduced by Barakat Tiamiyu, who remarkably took the student round the journey on how she became a GCI ambassador, talking about thee  interesting part of working to promote students participation in environmental actions, is seeing different passions that will keep pushing you to move on. She spoke about what GCI is doing to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability and how students can get involve. More elaborate explanation was given by Arc Gbolade Ogundele, as he talks about what Going Green really entails sighting some visual example in Kaduna environs, explaining the steps of achieving environmental sustainability as students. Like getting a green book, telling others to imbibe into the same culture, and so on. Video presentation of the different GCI activities was projected. 

Alpha Nathaniel Hayab, spoke on “Farmer’s and Climate Change”. Using the YALI climate change video, to explain the component behind climate change and how it affects farmers, the people and the economy. He said, ”young people need to be enticed to venture into the business of agriculture for the purpose of profit making to reduce unemployment and poverty”. Dr. Salamatu Sukai Akor, also spoke on Human health and climate change- talking about its adverse effect on people, and how it our activities gradually affects us. She highlighted that bottled water are expensive in the US, which is to force people to carry their watering can which they could refill at different terminals and also high cost of parking vehicles, to encourage the use of public transport. 

Questions were raised concerning the aspect of Going Green and how students can actively be involved in the movement, the speakers gave clear answers to the questions asked. Those interested to join and be part of the Green Centre were asked to leave their details and subsequent meetings will be held to discussed more about the activities of Green Campus Initiative, they were told to register and become a green ambassador that will help elevate sustainable practices in Kaduna State University.

The event ended with a key remark from the representative of Prof. J. G. Laah (Dean, Faculty of Science).  The event was interesting and impactful, with the different enthusiasm demonstrated by the speakers and students, and now Kaduna state is officially green. 

There was a huge turnout of students who waited behind to enquire specifically how they can actively be involve in the movement in Kaduna State University.

Monday, 23 May 2016

"GREENING THE CAMPUS" - Here we are again at Kaduna State University

HELLO KADUNA CITY (Kaduna State University)

Movement of students (youths) is one of the forces for transformation. That is why,  we at House of Babiti is ready to support organizations/individuals ready to induce youths to environmental sustainability.

"Greening The Campus" event is aimed to create awareness about the importance of 'Going Green', to form a green family of volunteers working together, to build a positive and sustainable future. The Green Campus Initiative, which is the first campus-based environmental advocacy organization in Nigeria, Is delivering a one day seminar in Kaduna State University, with the support of the different stakeholders. The Young Farmer's Initiative,  House of Babiti, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni and Department of Geography.

Venue: Faculty of Science Lecture Theatre, Kaduna State University, Tafawa Balewa way,  Kaduna.

Time: 10:00am, Registration starts 9:00am.

Date: Tuesday 31, May 2016

Attendance is totally free.
Resources Material
from GCI.

Inform your friend, brother, sister in Kaduna State University.

Kindly contact Barakat for more info.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Climate change sensitization

Social media is a gift given to our generation, an opportunity to explore the outside world, to be part of the dynamic momentum of networking. It all depends on how we use it, what we use it for and why we use it. I use to have this notion that people you meet on social media are out there to break you, but not anymore. I have met amazing people online, who are gearing me.

 My adventurous life was brought to the minimal. As I grew older, I was accustomed to the normal activity of life, no sense of adventure. The moment I leaped out, and I discover, what is made for me. That is the point of revolution.

We should use the social media to start that change, every youths should join the force for climate justice, we need to vibe that spirit by creating a cue, a reward then the habit comes up. We need to adopt the technic for business sales used by leading business ventures. The cue is the public pull, the media campaigns, animated presentation of climate change, strategic branding of recycled products, grassroots learning about climate change. For people to know what their actions is doing to degrade nature and future risk attached.

The reward: carbon free air, green sustainable economy, mitigation of fossil fuel consumption. But the reward people want to see is that direct incentive, the feeling of satisfaction, healthy living, access to clean water, spending less while engaging in renewable practices and buying renewal product, and fresh air from green plants.

Incorporating the habit of sustainable practices into our day to day lives, stop littering, stop deforestation, planting new trees, be ready volunteers to spread the word of climate justice. I think that evolution has taught us to follow safer paths, seek comfort over excitement and avoid choices that seems to influence our existing nature, which we are not ready to break free from.

 The North Africa nation revolution started on social media, and so many others. This has shown the power of social media to rejuvenate youths actions. Many youths, especially in Nigeria are not ready to live up to tasks. What cause this sense of passionless life and how can we liven up our dull existence?. The social media can be use to pass messages through graphics, documented discoveries, illustrations and online discussions. To get a higher frequency the respective stakeholders need to imbibe this into their practices and relate the result to the public.

We all want to do great things, but continues to live in one pattern of life and hope to see the great things happening. Sometimes I feel like people love to have everything planned out as they grow up. When it now turned around, we are thrown in despair, and begin to blame others. We yearn to live, we want to live more and more everyday. It's like we simply just don't know how. I know what I want, am focused, I want to build that movement of climate justice. Will you join me?.

#Babiti #ForeverGreen

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Emphatic Response

Do I want this? Do I desire this? Do I see this things happening?....

Sometimes we don't even know what we want, we just find ourselves doing what we do, with no logical explanation about how it happened. What happened could be as a result of our inner mindset either positive or negative, with an apparent description of our motives.

Many of us live our lives unconsciously, there's is no distinctions, we do things because that's how we perceive the society to be, we follow the mother sheep.

You bought a sachet of water while walking on the street, you just litter the sachet, when you're done gulping it. You consider it a reflex action!.

Throwing away refuse in the gutter when it raining. What an impudent act! i just saw a woman did that and believe me it very a common act.

We are what we repeatedly do, "Excellence then is not an act, but an habit", -Aristotle

Many people live in the shadow of their own self, when passed through hard surface they are deformed. Habits shape who we are, what we frequently engage in becomes part of us, what we engage in becomes our embodiment. We need to be conscious of what we do, to be sagacious. I try to be conscious of what I do, I try to understand the chemistry behind things that happened around me.

Everyone is surrounded with layers of veils, it's take a conscious mind to know that, when you're are aware of that, there is this curiosity to look through that veil, what you see create a vibe to continue looking through. Each layer teaches you a lesson, each level is a life course. You begin to ask yourself questions, there's this hunger for more.

We need to be conscious of our environment, to change our reflexes and habit towards our environment, some still need to be oriented while some know the implications but considered their actions not to be salient. I want to live life well, I want to enjoy the free nature, I want to the best for my people and I want to be that change, we are waiting for.

#Barakat is the name

Personality of the Month- The Green Campus Initiative

We have come a long way, and still on track.
Dedicated to make impact, to inspire and translate
actions. Environmental actions that will change where
we are now and where we are to be.
Today am awarded the Green Personality of the Month by the Green Campus Initiative. Thanks to everyone that believe in me.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Youth -"Feeding the future". Join the E-Consultation

 The Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will hold later this year an international expert meeting on “Youth – feeding the future: Addressing the challenges faced by rural youth aged 15 to 17 in preparing for and accessing decent work”. In the run up, FAO is holding an online consultation, at the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition, to gather valuable knowledge and experience from across the globe and from diverse technical field.

How to participate
Send your contribution to
or post it on the
FSN Forum website after becoming a member.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Join the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) - For individuals ONLY

The Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) was established in 2009 by young environmental activists from the Commonwealth. The Network is officially recognised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and is placed under the supervision of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP). The CYCN’s vision is to make climate change a top priority for young people across the Commonwealth and to engage them as key stakeholders in addressing the issue at a grassroots, national and regional level through individual and collective sustainable solutions. The Network’s mission is to build a Commonwealth where young people (especially climate and environmental activists, leaders, professionals and their organizations) are provided with the capacities and opportunities to effectively address climate change and other important environmental issues and find sustainable individual and collective solutions.

  In order to achieve its vision and mission, the CYCN is calling young people (aged 18-29) and youth organisations from across the Commonwealth working on climate change, environmental and sustainable development issues to join its membership database. The database will enable the Network to connect members to share knowledge, skills, expertise, resources, best practices, and support each other in their work. This will create a mapping of young people and organizations in the Commonwealth facing these issues in their daily life. In addition, registered members on the database will benefit from working closely with the Network in accessing new skills, capacity-building, and in developing and implementing activities, campaigns, and projects. 

 Important before filling this form: Please learn more about the Commonwealth at: and the CYCN at: Also check the list of Commonwealth member countries at: 

 This form is only for individuals willing to join the CYCN. Not for organisations. Please fill in the following information in order for you to join the CYCN database. Note that all fields marked with * are mandatory. All collected information will remain confidential and the privacy of the individuals. They cannot be made public without their approval.

Click the link below to register

Friday, 22 April 2016

1. Global Warming Cause: Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants. 

Our ever increasing addiction to electricity from coal burning power plants releases enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 40% of U.S. CO2 emissions come from electricity production, and burning coal accounts for 93% of emissions from the electric utility industry [ EPA, pg. 10]. Every day, more electric gadgets flood the market, and without widespread alternative energy sources, we are highly dependent on burning coal for our personal and commercial electrical supply.

2. Global Warming Cause: Carbon dioxide emissions from burning gasoline for transportation. 

Our modern car culture and appetite for globally sourced goods is responsible for about 33% of emissions in the U.S. [ EPA pg. 8] With our population growing at an alarming rate, the demand for more cars and consumer goods means that we are increasing the use of fossil fuels for transportation and manufacturing. Our consumption is outpacing our discoveries of ways to mitigate the effects, with no end in sight to our massive consumer culture.

3. Global Warming Cause: Methane emissions from animals , agriculture such as rice paddies, and from Arctic seabeds

Methane is another extremely potent greenhouse gas, ranking right behind CO2. When organic matter is broken down by bacteria under oxygen-starved conditions (anaerobic decomposition) as in rice paddies, methane is produced. The process also takes place in the intestines of herbivorous animals, and with the increase in the amount of concentrated livestock production, the levels of methane released into the atmosphere is increasing. Another source of methane is methane clathrate, a compound containing large amounts of methane trapped in the crystal structure of ice. As
methane escapes from the Arctic seabed , the rate of global warming will increase significantly.

4. Global Warming Cause: Deforestation , especially tropical forests for wood, pulp, and farmland. 

The use of forests for fuel (both wood and for charcoal) is one cause of deforestation, but in the first world, our appetite for wood and paper products, our consumption of livestock grazed on former forest land, and the use of tropical forest lands for commodities like palm oil plantations contributes to the mass deforestation of our world. Forests remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and this deforestation releases large amounts of carbon, as well as reducing the amount of carbon capture on the planet.

5. Global Warming Cause: Increase in usage of chemical fertilizers on croplands

In the last half of the 20th century, the use of chemical fertilizers (as opposed to the historical use of animal manure) has risen dramatically. The high rate of application of nitrogen-rich fertilizers has effects on the heat storage of cropland (nitrogen oxides have 300 times more heat-trapping capacity per unit of volume than carbon dioxide) and the run-off of excess fertilizers creates ‘dead-zones’ in our oceans. In addition to these effects, high nitrate levels in groundwater due to over-fertilization are cause for concern for human health.

6. Global Warming Effect: Rise in sea levels worldwide

Scientists predict an increase in sea levels worldwide due to the melting of two massive ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, especially on the East coast of the U.S . However, many nations around the world will experience the effects of
rising sea levels , which could displace millions of people. One nation, the Maldives, is already looking for a new home, thanks to rising sea levels.

7. Global Warming Effect: More killer storms. 

The severity of storms such as hurricanes and cyclones is increasing, and research published in Nature found:
“Scientists have come up with the firmest evidence so far that global warming will significantly increase the intensity of the most extreme storms worldwide . The maximum wind speeds of the strongest tropical cyclones have increased significantly since 1981, according to research published in Nature this week. And the upward trend, thought to be driven by rising ocean temperatures, is unlikely to stop at any time soon.”

8. Global Warming Effect: Massive crop failures

According to recent research, there is a
90% chance that 3 billion people worldwide will have to choose between moving their families to milder climes and going hungry due to climate change within 100 years. One of the main causes of this will be the spread of desertification, and its accompanying effects.
“Climate change is expected to have the most severe impact on water supplies. “Shortages in future are likely to threaten food production, reduce sanitation, hinder economic development and damage ecosystems. It causes more violent swings between floods and droughts.”” – Guardian: Global warming causes 300,000 deaths a year. 

9. Global Warming Effect: Widespread extinction of species

According to research published in Nature, by 2050, rising temperatures could lead to the extinction of more than a million species. And because we can’t exist without a diverse population of species on Earth, this is scary news for humans.
This 6th mass extinction is really just a continuation of the holocene extinction which began at the end of the last ice age and has resulted in the extinction of nearly all of the Earth’s megafauna animals, largely as a result of human-expansion.
“Climate change now represents at least as great a threat to the number of species surviving on Earth as habitat-destruction and modification.” Chris Thomas, conservation biologist at the University of Leeds
Widespread species loss and lists of endangered species just keep growing. This is a concerning matter on many fronts.

10. Global Warming Effect: Disappearance of coral reefs

A report on coral reefs from WWF says that in a worst case scenario, coral populations will collapse by 2100 due to increased temperatures and ocean acidification. The ‘bleaching’ of corals from small but prolonged rises in sea temperature is a severe danger for ocean ecosystems, and many other species in the oceans rely on coral reefs for their survival.
“Despite the oceans’s immensity — 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface with an average depth of almost 4km (2½m) — there are indications that it is approaching its tipping point. For reefs, warming waters and acidification are closing in like a pair of jaws that threaten to make them the first global ecosystem to disappear.” – Times Online: 21st-century Noah’s Ark needed to save coral reefs from extinction. 


Climate Change Is Messing with Earth's Axis

The spin of the Earth is a constant in our lives. It’s quite literally why night follows day.

And while that cycle isn’t going away, climate change is messing with the axis upon which our fair planet spins. Ice melting has caused a drift in polar motion, a somewhat esoteric term that tells scientists a lot about past and future climate and is crucial in GPS calculations and satellite communication.

Polar motion refers to the periodic wobble and drift of the poles. It’s been observed for more than 130 years, but the process has been going on for eons driven by mass shifts inside the Earth as well as ones on the surface. For decades, the north pole had been slowly drifting toward Canada, but there was a shift in the drift about 15 years ago. Now it’s headed almost directly down the Greenwich Meridian. 

Like many other natural processes large and small, from sea levels to wildfires, climate change is also playing a role in this shift.

“Since about 2000, there has been a dramatic shift in this general direction,” Surendra Adhikari, a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said. “It is due to climate change without a doubt. It’s related to ice sheets, in particular the Greenland ice sheet.”
That ice sheet has seen its ice loss speed up and has lost an average of 278 gigatons of ice a year since 2000 as temperatures warm. The Antarctic has lost 92 gigatons a year over that time while other stashes of ice from Alaska to Patagonia are also melting and sending water to the oceans, redistributing theweit.

Adhikari and his colleague Erik Ivins published their findings in Science Advances on Friday, showing that melting ice explains about 66 percent of the change in the shift of the Earth's spin axis, particularly the rapid losses occurring in Greenland.

It’s a huge, mind boggling process on the global scale, but imagine it like a top. Spinning a top with a bunch of pennies on it will cause wobble and drift in a certain pattern. If you rearrange the pennies, the wobble and drift will be slightly different.

That’s essentially what climate change is doing, except instead of pennies, it’s ice and instead of a top, it’s the planet. Suffice to say, the stakes are a little higher.
Ice loss explains most but not all of the shift. The rest can mostly be chalked up to droughts and heavy rains in certain parts of the globe. Adhikari said this knowledge could be used to help scientists analyze past instances of polar motion shifts and rainfall patterns as well as answer questions about future hydrological cycle changes.

Ice is expected to continue melting and with it, polar motion is expected to continue changing as well.
“What I can tell you is we anticipate a big loss of mass from West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and that will mean that the general direction of the pole won’t go back to Canada for sure,” Adhikari said.
If it continues moving down the Greenwich Meridian or meanders another way remains to be seen, though.
“This depends highly on the region where ice melts, or if the effect of ice melt would be counterbalanced by another effect (for example sea level rise, increased water storage on continents, changes of climate zones),” Florian Seitz, the director of German Geodetic Research Institute, said in an email.

In the here and now, polar motion shifts matter for astronomical observations and perhaps even more importantly for the average person, GPS calculations.


Monday, 18 April 2016

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