Smoke gushes out of a steel plant in Mongolia, China. Over the industrial era the amount of CO2 floating in the atmosphere “has increased by about 40%,” according to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Kevin Frayer
Greetings to you! You’d think that the COVID-19 pandemic would have made a major impact in decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere over the last year and a half. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case at all. We’re now dealing with rocketing CO2 levels, not seen in 4 million years! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] said, “Measurements of carbon dioxide CO2, the chief human-caused greenhouse gas, averaged 419 parts per million at Mauna Loa, Hawaii for May, when carbon levels in the air peak. That’s 1.82 parts per million higher in May 2020 and 50% higher than the stable pre-industrial levels of 280 parts per million.”
NOAA explained, “There was no discernable signal in the data from the global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Pieter Tans, one of NOAA’s senior scientists with their Global Monitoring Laboratory said, “We are adding roughly 40 billion metric tons of CO2 pollution to the atmosphere per year. That is a mountain of carbon that we dig up out of the Earth, burn and release into the atmosphere as CO2 – year after year. If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, the highest priority must be to reduce CO2 pollution to zero at the earliest possible date.”
Previous studies have shown that climate change does more than increase temperatures. It “makes extreme weather – storms, wildfires, floods and droughts – worse and more frequent and causes oceans to rise and get more acidic.” Climate change research has also shown that it affects our health, which includes heat related deaths and increased pollen.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan Announces 3 New Strategies Supporting Climate Action
In April the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan introduced three major initiatives supporting community-driven solutions in North America, along with several countries around the world.
Administrator Regan said, “The climate crisis is an urgent threat and President Biden has set forth an ambitious commitment to confront it. The EPA will be at the center of delivering on this agenda, and in doing so, we are lifting up overburdened communities while creating new jobs and building a 21st Century clean economy. The Leaders Summit [on Climate] is a statement that the United States is once again a global climate leader. America is back, and we are committed to empowering the people who’ve been left out of the conversation for too long – the same communities who are on the frontlines of pollution, who suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change.”
The first of three initiatives Regan explained, “The EPA is proud to announce that we will resume and strengthen our commitment to the United Nations Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance. The U.S. government will work with the Clean Cooking Alliance, other country governments, and partners at every level of government to reduce emissions from home cooking and heating that contribute to climate change and directly affect the health and livelihoods of almost 40 percent of the world’s population.”
The second initiative Mr. Regan said, “The EPA is also pleased to announce the Black Carbon Health Assessment in Indigenous Arctic Communities project to be implemented by the Aleut International Association. Indigenous Arctic communities are on the front lines of climate change, and this project will provide needed tools to understand their exposure to black carbon emissions, to help Indigenous communities identify significant local sources, and to share best practices for preventing and mitigating the health impacts of air pollution and climate. The EPA is already reaching out through the Arctic Council to work with fellow arctic governments to support and grow this project.”
And finally, with the EPA’s third climate initiative Regan stated, “With our North American partners in Canada and Mexico, the EPA will support an initial allocation of $1 million for an Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Initiative. Through the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), this initiative will support underserved and vulnerable communities, including Indigenous communities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, helping to build resilience in the face of climate-related impacts.”
“These announcements support President Biden’s Climate Leaders Summit, which underscores the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action. The U.S. is demonstrating America’s leadership and commitment to tackling the climate crisis and rallying the rest of the world. The health of our communities, well-being of our workers, and competitiveness of our economy requires quick and bold action.”
“This moment requires unpreceded global cooperation, and a shared sense of urgency and commitment. The Leaders Summit is the first stop on the road to Glasgow.”
It is with these new EPA climate initiatives and its leadership from Michael S. Regan that we can now trim our sail and begin charting a better and safer course avoiding a climate change disaster.
Help children learn more about climate change by reading the fourth installment from the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Educational Picture Book series, by Robert Scott Thayer titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard, slated for this coming September! This [Book 4] of the series teaches children all about climate change and plastic pollution with Dr. Tracy Fanara. You can preorder it here.
Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard, will be released in September 2021.
Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!
If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.
Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …
Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …
~ Kobee Manatee