Dec 21, 2008

Global Warming - An Inconvenient Truth

"What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, It's what we know for sure that just ain't so" - Mark Twain.

Global Warming. An inconvenient truth. It's quite new to Malaysians. Sometime we often hear some people says I've never heard of it or i don't know what it is. What is it anyway?

It's actually entrapment of Infrared radiation "heat" in our earth system due to the presence of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or green gases. These green gases thicken due to release of CO2 & make heat wave trapped inside the earth system. What's the consequences ?
- dlm erti kata lain adalah "semakin byk pelepasan gas-gas (seperti carbon dioxide) di ruang udara akan menyebabkan pemanasan bumi kerana lebih banyak infrared (inframerah) terperangkap".

The entrapment of this heat will result in temperature rise. A research from sample taken (from ice) 1860 to 2000 shows the temperature rises significantly thru the years. These happen when the human population emerge & use fossil fuel quite extensively resulting the release of huge amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

This picture shows evidence of effects of global warming. The extra heat that been trap in earth atmosphere makes our earth a little more hotter than usual. The picture shows evidence of the effects in Argentina. We can see clearly what have happen. Picture 1920 vs 2004. The effect of this will be melting of ice at the place where it was not supposed to be. Places like Mount Kilimanjaro, Alps in Italy, Peru, Lake chad in Nigeria & North Pole are evidence of what had happen due to global warming.

But this is just the beginning. There will be more to come effects to come if we don't do something. Let me tell you some of tragedy that already took place due to this global warming :-
1. Hurricane Katrina (thousands perish in U.S)

2. Flood in China & other parts of the world.

3. Severe drought in places such as Africa.
(due to evaporation of moisture from soil)

There are other disasters which occur by this effect. If you notice its actually already reached our doorsteps. If you can recall we have huge floods in unexpected areas in Johor recent year. And we also have floods in Malaysia even though its not the raining season.

The sums of all fear is this. If half of Greenland & half of west Antarctica broke up & melted. 20 feet of water rise might occurs. This will eventually perish some of our coastal cities such as JB, Klang, KB, Kuantan & others. This is no joke. It might happen. If this happen i think we need to redrawn our world map. And this is actually is happening as we speak (please refer Greenland Picture)

"The Era of Procrastination, of half-Measures, of Soothing & Baffling Expedients, of Delays, is coming to its close. In its Place we are entering a Period of Consequences". - Sir Winston Churchill.

We must act now. Together with people's around the world to fight this common threat. We Malaysian have the ability to do this. Each of one of us contributes to global warming. But each of us, can make choices to minimise that. With the things we buy, the electricity we use, the car we drive, we can make choices to bring our individual carbon emission to zero. The solution is in our hand.We just need determination.

These are some of the measures we can individually take to fight this threat.

2- Less dependent on fossil fuel (use public transport, hybrid cars & etc2)
3- Urge our politician (BN or PR) to impose more stringent policy (environment policy)
4- Using renewable energy (solar power, etc2)
It is our task to rise to secure our own future. That if we don't do something, I feel that we could really lose it. That what we take for granted now might not be there for our children.


Other Perspektif :- Special thanks to all fighting global warming & contribution from pictures, notes & quote i use for the article.Special thanks to An Inconvenient Truth movie which encourage me to write this article.



  1. Your picture ofr Hurricane Katrina is actually somewhere in Asia, it appears. This is not the US.

  2. The picture of man carrying the children refers to flood in China.. & the drought picture refers to africa.

    Sorry for the confusion.