Climate Change is becoming an ‘irreversible’ change

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In short, climate change is a change in the average conditions such as temperature and rainfall in a region over a long period of time. NASA scientists have observed Earth’s surface is warming, and many of the warmest years on record have happened in the past 20 years. 

There proliferating number of effects are caused by climate change. Such examples are the rising sea levels and the increase in the temperature of oceans. Longer, more intense droughts threaten crops, wildlife and freshwater supplies. From polar bears in the Arctic to marine turtles off the coast of Africa, our planet’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate. There are many sectors that have been leading to this repercussion of climate change.

One such example is electricity generation and heat production, which contributes to about 28% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity generation occurs mainly in thermal power plants which produce electricity by burning coal and/or its derivatives. Unfortunately, in this process, a lot of greenhouse gases are produced. Moreover, sharing the spot with electricity generation as the most significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is the transportation sector, accounting for about 28 %. There are more contributors such as industrial, commercial and residential and agricultural sectors.

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There are many things we, individuals can do to combat this together. We can all start with small steps such as powering our homes with renewable energy or even invest in energy-efficient appliances. We can choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e energy which is an organization that vets renewable energy options. Or we can also take a look at our electric bill; many utilities now list other ways to support renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.

Another way in which we can sustain climate change is by maintaining our rides. Researchers have said that if all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost. Moreover, choosing to walk or taking a bicycle rid to run errands would not only be a good exercise but will also play huge role combating climate change.

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Even though the World Wildlife (WWF) works to advance policies to fight climate change, engage with businesses to reduce carbon emissions and also help people and nature adapt to a changing climate, it definitely is crucial to also do our part to combat climate change. There is a myriad of ways in which we can support the world in the issue of climate change. So let us do our part!

WE HAVE A SINGLE MISSION: TO PROTECT AND HAND ON THE PLANET TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

       

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