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It is not an easy question to answer as Climate Change is increasingly beginning to affect the decisions made about our future.
Example. Would you invest in a new fruit farm in California?
Would you build a high-rise on a low-lying coastal area?
Would you increase the Federal Budget for flood and bush-fire damage?
It does not matter if you agree that Climate Disasters are man-made or not you still have to plan for the increase in Climate Disasters.
Therefore, any technology has to take Climate Change into account.
I would say any technology that is related to Disaster Management and Control, any to do with water and food production and any technology that involves Civil Defense will all be in demand.
As for the subject ‘World Peace’, without technology advances in the areas I have just described I believe the possibility of World Peace to be increasingly remote without them.
Climate Disasters will increase in frequency and in magnitude causing vast movements of people – we are already seeing a yearly increase in movements of people affected by Climate Disasters. Countries will seek to manage their borders in order to ensure that food and water is available for their own citizens.
This could lead to an increase in regional Conflicts and perhaps even a constant state of ‘World Conflict’.
If we want World Peace we must be able to address the ‘conflict of interests’ that will occur with Climate Change and for that we will need technologies that will provide, food, water and shelter.
Yes. I always use this description to explain Climate Change.
Open the bonnet of your car. Cut the fan belt. Take out the thermostat. Block the radiator and drive it as fast as you can in first gear.
The engine will overheat, you will lose all your water and the head or block will crack.
Have you ever watched the temperature gauge of your car go into the red?
As the red needle or indicator increases the rate of increase gets faster – it accelerates.
Thar is where our Planet is now and the rate of ice melting and loss of the Amazon is increasing. The more ice that melts and the less cooling area we have the faster the rate of increase. Major Climate Disasters also change the way in which our thermal currents and atmospheric pressures interact above and below ground. We stand the risk of creating a new Climate and one which will not be reversible.
Can we reverse the accelerating rate of increase?
Possibly but we are running out of time. We need a ‘No Disadvantage Mandatory Climate Change Agreement’ – not the waste of Paper and money of the Paris Agreement.
I have written such a system but who am I? As far as Theresa May and the U.K Government is concerned – nobody.
Climate change evidence: How do we know?
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I had to laugh to myself the other day (to myself as nobody in the U.K speaks to me) because I had just been watching a TV ad for one of Dyson’s Super Turbo Vacuum cleaners. I was marvelling at the level of detail and the operating parameters which take into account all aspects of the environment the cleaner operates in. I said to myself ‘ he should design a car’. Then the next day I read about his plans to develop an electric car.
However, he will face many obstacles. First he is in the U.K. As a brand new vehicle manufacturer he will have to ensure compliance to all markets including the E.U. Being outside of the E.U he will find homologation and type approval a lengthy process. I was a Legislation Engineer for Renault Vehicle Industrials at Dunstable. I know the problems he is going to face.
He is also going to have to ask the U.K Department of Transport what their legislation requirements are going to be. We do not know of them yet. Although we will duplicate E.U Vehicle regulations he will not know if that will continue and how the U.K Government intend to enforce Type Approval and Homologation for the U.K.
He does not know how the E.U is going to enforce border controls on his exported vehicles. He does not know how the United Kingdom is going to impose import checks on his imported parts and what the duties will be.
He will also have to ask the Department of Trade and Industry what the U.K requirements for Product Liability are going to be. We do not know what they are going to be.
He does not know what the future E.U regulation will be on electric vehicles as it is highly likely he will not have full membership of the E.U Technical Committees who help draft new vehicle legislation.
He does not know what the APR will be for commercial enterprise’s in 5 years time as Moody’s have again increased the cost of U.K Government borrowing which will effect commercial loans.
He does not know if the whole of the Eastern coast line of the U.K will be able to power electric vehicles when there is flood due to rising sea levels and power cuts because of climate change. As the U.K Government, Opposition and Governments everywhere have no plans for dealing with major flooding as sea levels rise then it may be that electric vehicles may not be totally feasible in the future.
It is not easy and the U.K Government and Labour Opposition do not make it easy.
What he does know is that he will probably manufacture inside the E.U in partnership with an E.U country and company because right now that is what the E.U is doing – taking U.K jobs and Industries.
Is it realistic? Yes. Is it realistic in the U.K? No.