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Hyperspace bypasses, Orange Cheetos, and the State of the Planet - Hi from Adnan

Hyperspace bypasses, Orange Cheetos, and the State of the Planet - Hi from Adnan

Air Pollution in China. Source: China Stringer Network/Reuters

Air Pollution in China. Source: China Stringer Network/Reuters

We are in the midst of, arguably, the most transformative period in human history. The energy crisis, food and water shortages across the world, global warming, rising pollution levels - be they land, air, water, noise, or light, all point towards a species heading towards certain disaster and possibly a mass extinction event [1].  Left unchecked, we have the potential to wreak havoc on our planet’s ability to sustain human life. The Paris climate agreement promises some hope in these, frankly, unnerving times;  no matter what a certain Orange Cheeto might say [2].

Projected global temperature increases and greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Vox/Climate Action Tracker

Projected global temperature increases and greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Vox/Climate Action Tracker

We can no longer afford the luxury of ignoring the state of the planet. We shoulder a shared responsibility to the world, to our fellow humans, and to our descendants to come together and take action. The first step towards this is to educate ourselves on the issues facing us today. Excluding the possibility of the Earth being demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, the planet is going to persist no matter what happens. The question we have the ability to answer is, how long can we survive and thrive on it?

My name is Adnan Arif and it is going to be my pleasure to write for The Green Medium for the next two weeks till the 14th of June. In my time here, I hope to disseminate knowledge about matters pertinent to the planet and human survival by researching subjects I am not familiar with. I am a chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta and am very passionate about the future of energy and its usage. I am particularly interested in the automobile and energy generation industries and how they will adapt to the changing world environment. 

See you on the other side! I am now going to find out more about some cookies that I was promised. Oh and finally, this is me (on the right) - literally clowning around.

 

Works Cited

[1] Ceballos, Gerardo, et al. "Accelerated Modern Human-Induced Species Losses: Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction." Science Advances, Vol. 1, No. 5, 19 June 2015, p. e1400253. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400253. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/5/e1400253.full

[2] Briggs, Helen. "What Is in the Paris Climate Agreement?" BBC News. BBC, 31 May 2017. Web. 06 June 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35073297

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