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SAVING EARTH

A LITTLE ON METHANE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

How much do you know about methane gas? Here is a little about it. Consider it like Methane 101.

Methane by itself is not toxic, but it displaces oxygen. If you breathe too much methane-laden air, you will have headaches and nausea. When gas tanks leak, methane leaks out. In the past, our government has tried to protect our air from too much methane. The Climate Action Plan insisted that companies test emissions and monitor for leaks. The goal of the Climate Action Plan was by the year 2025 to have a 40 to 45% reduction in dangerous emissions, from our 2012 levels. The oil and gas companies didn't like this goal because they thought it would be too expensive. They're not willing to pay to clean up the air. They're more likely to say that oil and gas jobs are important. Jobs take priority over the environment.

In this present administration, methane protections have declined, eg: companies used to have 30 days to repair leaks; they now have 60 days. Companies once tested emissions every six months; they can now go two years or even longer.

Containing methane is important. Oil and gas companies such as Chevron and ExxonMobil must take it seriously. Leakage is a problem and we must address the problem. There is quite a bit of information written on methane gas, leakage, etc. Since it is present in our atmosphere, it would be good to know more about it. If you have a chance, check your library or Google it online. There is a wealth of knowledge out there.

THE LATEST REPORT FROM THE U.N. ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report on October 8, 2018, that outlines the likely changes to the planet with each half-degree increase in global temperature. The earth is already hotter by 1 degree Celsius than it was before the Industrial Revolution. If the planet gets another half-degree hotter, the report warns, coastal flooding would increase dramatically, and ice-sheet collapse and other "large-scale singular events" would occur more often. But at 2 degree Celsius of warming, there would be catastrophic climate-related suffering: 10 million more people displaced from coastlines and hundreds of millions impoverished. As the global system stands today, we are on track for 3 degree Celsius of warming. The Trump administration has let slip that it's operating under an assumption of 4 degree Celsius by 2100.

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. The USCCB is focusing on particular parts of the climate change issue. Our efforts promote prudent action to address the growing impact of global climate change and pursue the common good in a very polarized debate. The bishops' primary concern is to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of climate legislation. Poor people cannot be made to bear an undue burden of the impacts of climate change or the global adjustments needed to address it.

People living in poverty--both at home and abroad--contribute least to climate change but they are likely to suffer its worst consequences with few resources to adapt and respond. The impacts of climate change--including increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts--are making the lives of the world's poorest even more precarious. Urgent action that both addresses the growing impact of climate change and acts to protect the poor and vulnerable is needed.

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2.5%--Percentage of the world's GDP that should be devoted to mitigating global warming over the next 17 years.

1.5 degrees C--Temperature rise at which we will begin to experience the worst effects of climate change; we have already hit 1 degree C.

2045--Year by which California vows to rely 100% on renewable energy, per a bill Governor Jerry Brown signed September 10, 2018.

100%--Percentage of cars that will need to be electric by 2030.

60,000--Number of troops mobilized in China to plant trees; they were reportedly withdrawn from border areas where they'd been stationed in a bid to plant new forests in an area roughly the size of Ireland by the end of 2018.

30K--Total square miles in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, all of which would be opened to oil and gas exploration under Trump's proposed policies (Glyn Peterson)