US PRESIDENT PROPOSES NOVEL APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE by: Frances Angelene G. Rivera

In the year 2300, climatologists concluded that the Earth will be uninhabitable after 30 more years. In the midst of this environmental turmoil, global leaders established the Climate Change Crisis Committee with the noble cause of mitigating the effects of climate change.

Prominent leaders included in the Crisis Committee were the United States (US) President, the head of Immigration and Refugee Services, the head of the European Union (EU), and the head of the African Union (AU).

Before the creation of the organization, the United Nations (UN) determined that the world population in 2300 will only be approximately 2.3 billion people - smaller than that of the 1940’s. In an alternative end, the UN also estimated that the world might host five times more people in 2300 relative to the 2018 population of 7.6 billion. Either way, both circumstances foreshadow the decreasing viability of the planet.

To date, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)  has been developing energy innovations such as jet biofuels, wind farms, renewable electricity, artificial photosynthesis, and hydrogen bus while Toyota along with Kenworth and UPS have started to invest in fuel cell technologies which enable vehicles to run on hydrogen and oxygen. Moreover, more than 1,200 environmental policies over 164 countries such as Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand were already enacted to mitigate climate change.

In January, however, US President Jamie Warren proposed a very novel approach to stymie climate change. He utilized the term geo-engineering, a process where sulfur dioxide and calcium carbonate will be deliberately placed to the atmosphere in an attempt to rebuild it. “We have to make radical decisions. We only have 30 years left,” said Warren, who implicitly admitted how risky it was.

Warren assured that reversing global warming through sulfur dioxide and calcium carbonate is a natural phenomenon especially during volcanic eruptions. However, a research study published in Nature Communications suggested that geo-engineering might increase the occurrence of cyclones and droughts in some parts of the world. “Our results confirm that regional solar geo-engineering is a highly risky strategy which could simultaneously benefit one region to the detriment of another,” said Dr. Anthony Jones, the lead author of the study.

The head of Immigration & Refugee Services, Mitra Kaube, the head of the EU, Hadley Roijakkers, and the head of the AU, Ejiro Afolabi all shared similar sentiments regarding the US’ proposal. “The United States’ plan is a miracle solution but we need something alongside it,” said Roijakkers, who proposed maximizing renewable & clean energy in an artificial environment as well as using migrant workers to build energy plants in Iceland.

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“We cannot rely on fossil fuels anymore. We have to supplement it with wind & hydroelectric energy,” said Kaube.

Afolabi also noted that geo-engineering must undergo a test run first before implementing it as a long-term solution. “We haven't seen the long-term effects, we need alternative solutions,” said the head of the AU.

Having heard the notions of his fellow leaders, Warren amended to build a three-year geo-engineering trial power plant in the Middle East where the citizens are currently evacuating due to the rising temperatures.

Another solution presented by the leaders was carbon capture where in bonds of carbon molecules will be disrupted to reduce carbon dioxide in the air. Educating the lay regarding the conservation of energy through seminars and talks was also proposed as an alternative solution in order to to maintain a good level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that “more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.” Sadly, it took 286 years for global leaders to take the matter seriously after several failed climate accords like the one in Kyoto and Paris.

“We still have the ability to avoid catastrophic consequences. The task is to summon political will,” Al Gore insists, the personality behind the movie Inconvenient Truth.