If global warming continues, Romania will suffer various adverse effects, says Cristian Proistosescu, a doctoral professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States and an expert on global warming. The specialist stated that by 2050 we could have three times more hot days than at present.
Cristian Proistosescu, participated on Saturday, online, through a video presentation, in the symposium “Combating climate change – an imperative requirement for the future!”, Organized on the third anniversary of the establishment of the Argeş branch of the Romanian Geography Society.
He referred to the latest UN report with projections of what will happen in Europe if we continue to warm the Earth.
“The report shows that in Eastern Europe and Romania we will see changes in the number of heatwave days, in terms of drought, the intensity of rains and storms and floods. We notice that the additional number of hot days, days with temperatures above 35 degrees C will increase in Romania and, in this case, in the south of Romania by almost 15 days per year. We’ll have another two weeks of heatwave. We currently have 6 days of heatwave, but this number will triple by the middle of the century. We notice that the weather will be drier, especially in the south of Romania, the amount of precipitation during the summer will decrease by almost a third. At the same time, when it will rain, the storms and extreme rains will be 30% more intense, which will lead to higher floods “, says Cristian Proistosescu.
Cristian Proistosescu specified that we can prevent these things. “Romania will suffer various adverse effects if we continue to warm the earth. The good news is that we don’t have to heat the earth. We can avoid all these effects if we manage to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere. To do that, we need to change our energy source first and foremost. “
He says global warming could be stopped if we make the transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal).
“It simply came to our notice then. Most of the problem is implementation. “
“The latest research shows that once we stop carbon dioxide emissions, global warming will stop and even slow down a bit and temperatures will start to drop. We have the necessary technologies, we have technologies on wind, solar, hydropower, but most of the problem is one of implementation, both in terms of costs and in terms of political interests. Here is your duty of everyone, of society, of politicians, of economists, of engineers, to change the economic system, the energy system in order to move us to renewable energy “, says the specialist.
“We can avoid the consequences of global warming, but we are moving too slowly”
“It simply came to our notice then. We are already noticing that the darkest scenarios have become increasingly unlikely. The amount of coal we burn has decreased a lot, the amount of oil has not necessarily started to decrease, but at least it does not increase and the percentage of renewable energy has increased a lot. We can avoid the consequences of global warming, but these changes need to be accelerated. We are still moving much too slowly “, says Cristian Proistosescu.
The teacher’s presentation can be watched HERE.