Climate Change: How can we help?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition on Google from the Dictionary:

cli·mate change

noun

  1. a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

The facts are upfront and real. Earth’s surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions.  Most of these emissions occurred in the past 35 years, with 2016 the warmest year on record.  As the earth begins to heat up, the oceans rise due to melting ice sheets around the world.  The earth has lost upwards of 36 cubic miles of ice sheets between the years 2002-2006; and this number keeps growing ever year.  Snow caps are melting quickly from the northern hemisphere, and our extreme weather patterns are ever-changing for the worst.

What are the main contributors of climate change?

Most scientists will agree that human presence is to blame.  The “Greenhouse Effect” and its warning signs are real. Although we feel the symptoms of these emissions every day, we can control them:

  1. Carbon Dioxide – burning of fossil fuels
  2. Methane – waste in landfills, agriculture, domestic livestock
  3. Nitrous Oxide – soil cultivation from fertilizers, fossil fuel combustion
  4. Chlorofluorocarbons – synthetic compounds used in industrial applications

So if we can control the Greenhouse Effects, what then is the solution and how can we help?

The U.S. government is actively working on and investing in:

  1. Biofuels, or sustainable fuel made from plants, specifically for our jet engines. This can reduce the jet emissions by 50-70%
  2. Geothermal energy as a heat source from the earth
  3. Bioenergy, an abundant resource, as a renewable resource of energy

100% renewable energy by 2050 is not out of the question. By harnessing the technology of wind, water and solar, we are well on our way towards becoming more sustainable energy consumers.

Other ways that you as an individual can do to make a change:

  1. When making improvements to your home, think about saving energy costs
  2. Install more insulation to keep the air you cool/heat inside your home; you will in turn waste less energy
  3. Use a Cool Roof, which are usually light in color, instead of traditional dark roofs that retain more heat and in the long-run are more expensive
  4. Air seal your home before you think of remodeling, as this will seal leaks to the outside
  5. Replace your outdated HVAC appliances with energy efficient, small units. If you air seal and insulate correctly, you can spend less on smaller units that also cost less to use
  6. Do not forget to save water, especially in draught-prone California. Use recirculating pumps and on-demand call buttons for hot water use

There are so many easy ways to save our energy and water, it just takes different thinking than we are used to.  We have to start changing the old ways to make way for a more advanced way of living, and to ultimately save our planet.

See the last source link and take a carbon footprint calculator test to see how much CO2 your house is producing

Sources:

https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/greener-living

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/household-carbon-footprint-calculator