Monday, November 28, 2016

The importance advanced feedback during Climate Change

One of the features that come with a roof-top solar system is monitoring software so you can tweak your energy usage. If you’re watching too much TV, for example, you can switch that off and read a book. An electric or hybrid vehicle owner also can manage their energy use by numerous gauges that are part of the vehicle’s package. If you’re getting low on battery power, just turn off your heated seat.

Feedback, knowing how and where you are using energy, can give you a lot of control over your energy costs. Without adequate feedback on many of the complicated contraptions we use today, we wouldn’t have a clue how they (and by electronic proxy, ourselves) are performing.   

If we are seeking to live sustainably, control our energy costs, and evaluate our footprints on our environment, we need good feedback because the world has become a very complicated place. Of course, our bodies came with a lot of feedback mechanisms—sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste—but these senses are no longer sufficient to survive and live sustainably. We cannot see how much carbon dioxide or any other kind of greenhouse is in our atmosphere. We cannot hear the slowing down of a glacier-fed river that supplies our community with water. We cannot smell methane gas, the odorless but a very potent greenhouse gas, leaking from our gas lines or bogs we are melting with Climate Change.

We need enhanced feedback abilities, or instruments that allow us to fly and land our jets, drive our cars, predict our weather, and monitor our water quality. You name it. These advanced abilities that our instruments provide us now were not necessary for our survival during most of our evolution.  

Now they are. Now most of us realize at this point in our history that good feedback in the form of scientific instruments that measure sea level rise, pollution in our atmosphere, and our impact on our ecosystems is critical.

I belabor the obvious need for scientific instruments as feedback because of the potential loss of NASA’s space monitoring of Earth’s ecosystems by Trump. It would be suicidal to blind ourselves to Climate Change just when we need very sophisticated monitoring systems the most.

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’ Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. (November 23, 2015) The Guardian 

BTW: There are other kinds of feedback related to Climate Change and that’s when 97% of climate scientists and 196 nations and say we should address Climate Change. Though not electronic, this is also good feedback from our fellow humans and we should pay attention to it.

196 countries to Trump: UN must tackle climate change Nations stand as one in Marrakech to reaffirm their commitment to the fight against climate change in the face of populism and division in America The governments of the world have issued a repudiation of the voices of doubt by reaffirming their commitment to defeat climate change. At a UN climate conference in Marrakech, ministers and negotiators from almost 200 countries stood as one to applaud a document  that reaffirmed the world’s commitment to climate progress in the face of the shock election result in the US. “We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” said the Marrakech Action Proclamation, read by Morocco’s foreign minister and conference president Salaheddine Mezouar. (November 17, 2016) Climate Home

Time passes. 

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