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Climate Change

Climate changes are developing into the major problem of the twenty-first century. It is a multidimensional, highly complex, and exceptionally complicated problem.
It involves each human activity and that of the biosphere, and, at the same time, has definitive impacts on the whole planet. It is a problem which changes man and humanity. Our slogan is: 'in order to control climate changes, we ourselves must change'.
Climate changes have been approached from many angles by the scientific community, as a function of a host of factors, such as solar radiation, space conditions of the Earth, geological activity - and others.

A central role is played by factors which are connected with the functions of the biosphere and with climatic periodicity, as well as those which are directly bound up with human activity. These factors have a causal connection with man and his civilisation. And human activity is now emerging, in the light of scientific research, as a main factor responsible for climate change.

It is also a well-known fact that a major scientific, but also political and economic, battle is being waged in which science is being paid to attribute climate changes more to the other factors.

It is also well-known that man does not wish - he has no intention immediately and at the level of daily life, for example, with his dietary habits - to change his climate footprint, the climatic consequences of his everyday routine.

At the point which things have reached, it is obvious that the issue of climate changes will require a drastic and integrated change in mankind and in every man.

The direction of research
Within the framework of decision-taking, we must now assess and make use of the differences which the various research projects and the differing data show, not only as to the causes, but also as to the scale of the situation. We must examine, also, the factor of the incorrect quantitative and qualitative estimation of climate change and synergy; we must observe the escalating dynamic with which these synergies can affect the climate after anthropogenic activities. For example, in the past, the drift of icebergs and the release of greenhouse gases coming from the ground because of the increase in temperature have not been correctly assessed.

Another point on which we must focus and will focus our attention is misleading or deceptive solutions and solutions of very high and dangerous risk. One such solution we believe to be the undertaking (which in all probability will be intensified in the context of climate changes) of the promotion of genetically modified plant crops. We shall also look at the proposals which are being advanced for the storage of carbon dioxide or of greenhouse gases; we shall examine the space or other solutions proposed, such as, for example, the crude development of nuclear power-stations or reflectors. We shall also look at those who are 'optimists' over climate changes who see these as a new business opportunity in the agricultural and other spheres for regions which lack a temperate climate.

All this idle talk which has so far developed has, undoubtedly, contributed to the creation of a picture of confusion about the environmental issue. A direct approach, however, would be the imputation of the responsibilities, criminal and civil, borne by governments, enterprises, and every agency involved in connection with climate change. Responsibility should also be imputed to the academic community when it sells out its findings.

The problem of comprehension and the progressive approach
The terminology, necessary though it is, makes increasingly difficult an understanding of the phenomenon. However, when phenomena come to light such as that of planetary shading and its role in climate changes and in their assessment, a more detailed briefing is required, with a clarification of the terms. What is also required is a technically complete approach at the level of practicable advice, in such a way that the aggravation of the phenomenon of climate change is averted.

All these things will be primary issues for this column. Here, naturally, space will be given to many viewpoints, even those which conflict with one another, in the logic of equal freedom of speech and of a free platform for dialogue. Our own position by which we seek to make the issue of climate changes a major challenge and opportunity for a change in the life of everyday man, in the life of peoples, of humanity, and of biodiversity, throughout the planet, particularly in connection with the tribulations which man is undergoing, will, of course, be given expression. The change which is being sought is, always, in the direction of viability, sustainability, and symbiosis – the challenge for the great change in the twenty-first century.

Nevertheless, there are in the world conservative or reactionary reflexes which manifest themselves in connection with the question of climate changes, such as, for example, as regards migration because of climate and environmental change, and the strategy which is followed on such issues.

In other words, the question of climate change must not become an object of dialogue which will lead to a retrogression, and, for that reason, we should, as of now, express the concerted, progressive political approach which is required in dealing with the issue and its challenges, instead of perpetuating wrong and catastrophic practices.

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