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Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old activist who first captured the attention of the world with her plaintive speech at the 24th UN Conference on Climate Change in Poland, led a strike by the UK's school children to protest against the dangerously deteriorating state of the environment. This was followed by a highly-disruptive, ten-day peaceful civil disobedience protest in the heart of London by the new Extinction Rebellion (XR) pro-environment group, whose protesters halted traffic throughout the British capital, in some cases by supergluing themselves to the outside doors of rail transit cars.
In response, the leader of the official opposition party, Labor's Jeremy Corbyn, and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, have both declared an environmental emergency for the UK.
But is there an environmental emergency? You certainly wouldn't think so by following most press reports in the US. Even the set of energy conservation measures packaged up as The Green New Deal (GND) haven't gotten much scrutiny, having been derailed by other GND proposals altogether unrelated to energy conservation (such as universal income) which captured the public debate.
Nevertheless, recent sobering documents released by the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the US Department of Defense (DOD), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other government agencies and commissions point to serious trouble ahead for the planet if we don't take decisive action:
• The WMO reports that the period from 2015 – 2018 continued to break warming records, that concentrations of major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere are increasing, 62 million people were affected by floods and other weather-related natural disasters in the last year, and, as we lose sea ice in the northern and southern poles, world-wide sea levels are rising faster than ever before.
• The DOD delivered its legally mandated report on climate change to Congress in January, which outline the climate change risk faced by many of its military installations around the world, including the potential of rising seas inundating its essential Norfolk Naval Base in coastal Virginia. However, members of Congress and other analysts felt the relatively short 20-year horizon line of the report was insufficiently forward-looking, and that more needs to be done. (Disclaimer:
So what can be done about it?
Let's take a look at six major environmental issues facing the planet, and what new startup companies are doing about it:
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