Countries Explore Tackling Climate Change From Space
Machines are fast taking up what humans can do and each time humans fail to achieve certain feat, they look to machines for help.
Nigeria and other nations have faced the effects of climate change and it continues to increase yearly.
Everyone hopes it will stop someday, but that does not seem to be evident in the signs we see.
From more frequent and severe flooding and storms to droughts and heatwaves that rise in average global temperatures have continued to push.
Sea ice melts in the Arctic and sea levels rise while hurricane has deprived people sleep and tore building apart.
But the world’s population is growing and human activities affecting the ozone layer are growing in same proportion.
Hope is gradually dwindling about humans’ ability to make changes here to reduce the effect.
The focus is shifting away from the earth to space and machines will come to the aid of men.
How the United Kingdom wants to do it is what its space agency explained on Thursday.
The UK Space Agency said it would invest 38 million pounds (52.79 million dollars) to help people cope with climate disasters in different continents by using satellites.
The device will monitor unpredictable weather patterns in Rwanda, deforestation in Colombia, the risk of forest fire in Indonesia, and the impact of severe climate swings on Tanzania, Fiji and Vanuatu.
“The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme will help developing countries tackle big issues like disaster relief and disease control,” Britain’s science minister Sam Gyimah said in a statement.
From battling illegal mining in Colombian forests to protecting Mongolian cattle from death by extreme weather, researchers are looking to space to cope with earth’s climate challenges.
Now earth is looking to space for answers.
Reuters report that in countries like Colombia, forests are under threat from farmers seeking grazing land and criminal gangs cutting down trees for illegal gold mining.
When forests are degraded or destroyed, the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere, with deforestation accounting for 10 to 15 percent of carbon emissions worldwide.
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In Mongolia, where about 30% of the population depend on livestock herding, severe winters known as ‘dzuds’ are killing off animals and devastating the economy.
Camels, goats, horses and cows have been dying in record numbers.
The UK Space Agency’s 10 projects will partner with global satellite companies like Inmarsat and CGI.
It will join more than 20 existing initiatives that use satellite communication to tackle humanitarian issues that occur during cyclones and other natural disasters. ($1 = 0.7199 pounds).