Climate Change today. Talking about this and that in the video above. Have a look now, then come back and have a look with the script tomorrow.
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Good morning and welcome to Vocab Voyage. I just spent ten minutes getting very
frustrated with YouTube not working, then I realised I didn't have my camera plugged in.
Nice. It has decided to stop being spring again, and winter is back with a vengeance. It's
cold, it's windy, it's blizzardy; so why don't we do some climate change talk. Three stories.
First story today, from the U.S.; Wyoming, South Carolina, in 2012 they banned teaching
climate change as caused by humans as settled science. They said, 'We're not sure yet. Thewhole world is sure, but we're not sure so we're not going to teach out kids that. (the
article) gave the argument that science is held by politics; science is guided by politics, because you've got to keep the politicians happy, and the people with the money; you've got to keep them happy.
In 2013 they recommended that chapters called 'The rise in global temperatures over the
last century' and the 'major role that human activity has played' be pulled from the textbooks.It comes down to the same old thing again. On one side you've got 97% of scientists with
videos showing polar melting and solid evidence; other side you've got 3% of people, nut
scientists, with discredited evidence and they get equal standing. Why? Why? Why?
The conservatives down in Texas, they wanted in the textbooks, they wanted it so climate
change skepticism had a bigger presence; but the textbook makers said, 'Yeah. Nah.
Climate change is real'. So, go America. Bury you head in the sand.
Number Two. London. Protesters. Usually protesting is a fundamental right. If you want to
protest, within reason I imagine, you can do it. However, over the last few years, a very large protest of about 40,000 people about climate change has happened. For a protest that big
you have to shut down roads, you have to have traffic control and everything. This year the
police have said (the police haven't said, the government's said) we're not paying for any
road shutdowns. There's going to be no police help.
That basically means that the protesters have to hire private security groups to do the
security. Read into this a bit further. If you want to have a protest and the police won't help
you, you've got to hire a lot of security staff, which means if you don't have money you can't protest. Which means more control to the people with money. Who's that? Big business, so
it's all a bit murky there.
Getting rich of climate change. Is it unethical? Not if it gets the job done.
Paris, 2015; there's the big summit there this year on climate change. Last one was of
course Copenhagen. A lot of talk, little action. Prince Charles has said the Paris 2015 is
make or break for climate change.
Fortunately enough people have seen that there is money to be made so they are getting
into it. Mainly in the form of solar panels. Five years ago in Queensland, Australia... It's all
about cost curves. The more things that are produced the lower the price comes; economies of scale etc. Five years ago, Queensland, a solar panel (6kW unit) on your roof, $54,000.
This year, $7800. More are being produced, they become cheaper and so on and so on;
and it gets cheaper, cheaper, cheaper.
China's huge on solar power. India is investing $100 billion in solar power. They hope to
generate 10% of their power through the sun, which is good because it's renewable energy. As soon as people think they can get rich out of this, they'll start doing it.
Tesla, the electronic car, they've opened their patents up to everybody; and they're building a $5 billon factory in Nevada to further the cause of less emissions. Better for the
OK, I've gotta run. Thank you.