This is the official programme for the Africa Adapt Climate Symposium to be held in Addis Abbaba in Ethiopia 9th-11th March 2011
Over 150 researchers, civil society actors, donors, government officials and NGOs will be gathering in Addis Ababa on 9-11 March at the AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium. The five themes for the symposium are:
Because the response to the call for papers was so great, AfricaAdapt is now hosting an online symposium, at the same time as the conference in Addis Ababa. Register for the free AfricaAdapt virtual Climate Change Symposium for complete access to this three-day, landmark event, including:
Nearly 400 years ago Galileo Galilei brought to light the work of Nicholas Copernicus which sought to explain the facts of day and night on the movements of the earth rather than the sun. The idea was largely dismissed and the proponents punished. When it was first suggested that the planet's continents were first together but got separated through million of years, the idea was rubbished until about 42 years later when mid oceanic ridges were discovered.
Today there is sufficient evidence showing that the sun is not the primary source of warmth on earth but few people would care to listen. We are making efforts to mitigate climate change but want to pretend that climate change is a recent phenomenon yet ice ages and desertification have occurred before humans existed on earth. The argument is narrowed down to the relationship between greenhouse gases and global temperature variations where it is presumed the former causes the latter when in reality the former is a symptom of the latter. A lot of resources and time are being wasted on irrelevant issues when the earth is sending serious signals that we could be headed for an ice age.
Looking at the pattern of volcanic eruptions since December 2009 to date and the weather patterns experienced over similar period, it is better to look at the issues from a wider perspective and appreciate that the earth has its own heat which is responsible for its warming and that our efforts towards mitigating climate change should focus on the heat inside the earth. A credible climate change theory which explains all these processes is published on http://www.climatechange.epitomeillustrations.com. This also explains the process that should be used to manage climate change in the name of 'puncturing the earth'.
There is need to act urgently to save the earth. But it is only important if we act in a manner that makes sense and which contributes to solving the problem. Focusing on GHGs is a waste of time and resources since these are symptoms of climate change not its causes. These gases are tucked inside the mantle and are released through diffusion when pressures and temperatures inside the mantle increase. We need to be open minded and appreciate that science is about facts not consensus and that consensus is only relevant to politics.