Time to Change Climate Change
What Causes Climate Change?
Many of us have a vague idea of what "climate change" is or what causes it. Most of us know it is somehow caused by car exhaust, industrial pollution, and changing weather. The average person isn't well informed on the ins and outs of "Climate Change". What causes climate change is when the normal long-term weather patterns start to change a lot of these changes are caused by humans. One of the measures is "Global Warming", this is a rise in global temperatures.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
There is a saying "That too much of a good thing is'nt good" basically too much of anything usually isn't good. Well it could be said that the amounts of Carbon Dioxide we are releasing into the atmosphere is not good. In today's atmosphere there is 32 percent more Co2 than in the beginning of the industrial era. We are causing the natural balance of Co2 to be off which in turn is causing weather patterns to react in an abnormal way. We have made a heat blanket of sorts that is made from the excessive gases we keep putting out into the atmosphere.
We are seeing more and more effects of this around the world. There are extreme weather events that are becoming more and more frequent as the temperatures rise. We know that global warming is happening as the average global temperature has risen 0.6 degrees celsuis and the Northern Hemisphere is warmer than it has ever been in the last 1000 years.
The "International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC)", is the world's most authoritative voice on the topic. This was established by the United Nations to assess socio-economic information that is relevant to climate change and things we can do to slow down or adapt to it.
There are those who choose to believe that climate change does not exist or is not real. The people that have this opinion are usually not scientists. The deniers arguments against climate change have been discredited time and time again by scientists. There is debates on the topic of whether climate change exists or not. I think we should be using that wasted time in debates and put it to use in finding a solution in how to deal with climate change. This is a very real problem we are facing whether we like it or not; living in denial is not going to make it go away!
The climate change is effecting so many different areas of our lives from- communities, ecosystems, to economies. Areas that under normal conditions would have warm temperatures are starting to experience colder temperatures. I remember about 20 years ago my family and I decided to spend Christmas in Florida; thinking we would trade the snow in for some warm sunny beach. Well it snowed the week we went to Florida apparently it hadn't snowed there in over 100 years. That is the earliest weather changing event that I personally remember experiencing. Climate change can cause many different types of weather conditions from flooding to drought and everything in between.
Governments Need to Take Action!
Governments around the world should start taking serious action to try and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. They need to limit global warming to less than 2 * C. If they don't take serious action we could be putting our grandchildren and children at risk. This will have a grave effect on the amount of available fresh water, disease will increase, smog and many ecosystems and species will be at risk. The melting of ice sheets is having a grave effect on the Arctic ecosystem.
Carbon tax or cap-and-trade? This is a powerful idea of pricing carbon emissions through a Carbon tax. This would be a fee placed on greenhouse gas pollution- mainly from burning fossil fuels. With charging this fee it would help to move houeholds, buisnesses and industries towards trying to use more cleaner technologies. This will in turn help to encourage the sale of more green products. Charging a fee will also provide new money to invest in cleaner energy sources such as solar and wind power.
I believe this could be one solution that could make a really good difference. Sweden has been using a Carbon tax since 1991. Their economy increased by 44 per cent. Sweden says the carbon tax was responsible for spurring innovation on green heating technology; which are phasing out burning oil for heat.
I think the planet as a whole should jump on the band wagon and start taking action today against climate change. We all must do our part to make it work; actions speak louder than debates!