By Nicole Torres and Thauan Santos |
Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, anounced a flurry executive orders which aim is to counter climate change. The main one is the return of the US to the Paris Climate Agreement, pulled out by his predecessor, Donald Trump. The prospects of these presidential actions indicate a new target to be reached, possibly, in the year of 2030. Biden commited to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Prospective studies developed at Columbia University believe the current president should focus on the reduction of three sources of greenhouse gases: vehicles engines; methane, that is produced in the extraction and movement of natural gas; and coal-fired power plants.
Impacts on Security and Defence: The climate problem is critical and can cause numerous consequences, including the shortage of resources. Wildfires, floods and hurricanes are effects of temperature increase and affect the necessary resources for life, with the possibility of causing the extinction of species. Recognitizing the importance of the fight against climate change represents the preservation of essential resources to human life security.
Source: MCGRATH, Matt. Climate change: Biden’s first act sets tone for ambitious approach. BBC News. (on-line), 2020. Available at: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55732386