Before I started with this project,was very blindsided to the problems of climate change. I thought things that many Americans thought like, “This temperature change has happened before” or “If it’s really that bad, people would do something about it”. But after reading all of the statistics and learning about how all of this excess CO2 is affecting the world, I realized that people are willing to turn the other cheek because they really just don’t want to give up the luxury they have. They choose to be ignorant. This is why I really love this video, because it debunks all of the typical excuses you hear from people who don’t ‘believe’ in global warming and I think that it is worth watching.
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Hi everyone my name is Caroline and I’m from Texas. I recently found out that my carbon footprint is well below the average of Texas, but incredibly high compared to the world. My home carbon footprint was the highest, which i think is due to the fact that lights are constantly on in my home, and my family likes to take long showers. It’s also very hot in Texas, especially in the summer, which means we have to use the air conditioner a lot in my house. I think that my family can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the length of our showers, turning off the lights more often, or getting more energy efficient bulbs. I also think that by turning down the air conditioning in the summer and winter by a couple degrees can reduce my footprint.
In an article by the Scientific American, the responsibility for progress in the area of climate change is put on cities. Super Storm Sandy showed America and the world that we need to be able to adapt to change.
Over half of the world’s population live cities and therefore, these areas need to be more energy efficient in order to fight climate change. Because the majority of people live in cities, the level of green house gas emission coming from these concentrated regions is notably high. Energy efficiency now is so important because “we will spend more and build more in the next century than we have in all of human history before this.” The substantial amount of cars and building located in cities wastes large amounts of energy, which calls more efficient means. More and more cities should be implementing solar panels and green roofs for buildings. In the long run, these improvements can save the city money. Also, building efficient railways would cut the demand for cars thus lowering greenhouse gas emission.
More energy efficient cities are the gateway to a greener future where greenhouse gas emission is limited.
Hello I am Alex. I think it is strange how there was a massive drought this summer in the mid-United States. This hasn’t occurred for many years, and I believe it is definitely a sign that our climate is changing, wether it’s from Carbon Dioxide emissions, or from global pollution. We’ll have to wait and see if the drought worsens in the next few years, and if it does, we will have to take steps in order to preserve the climate of that region and to maintain the numerous crops that we depend on in order to survive.
I think a huge part of achieving goals such as the ones mentioned above is tapping our unused and abundant amount of clean energy resources. This includes solar power, wind energy, hydro power, geothermal energy, and more. Especially along the coasts and in more barren landscapes there is a lot of potential for developing these clean energy industries. Yes, there is a pricier up-front payment, but the long term benefits outweigh such costs. After more reliable, renewable energy sources have been tapped, clean development is more attainable, and individuals will depend less on non-renewable energy sources for activities which aggravate climate change.
I found this op ed piece published in the Tampa Tribune by four high ranking US military officials. They’re pushing clean energy and alternative fuels… that might really make a difference, I mean, with all the military’s clout and purchasing power.
Here’s an excerpt…
“The military knows climate change is happening and that our current energy posture is a growing threat to national security. Clean energy is a solution we must pursue.”
Algae Converted to Butanol; Fuel Can Be Used In Automobiles:
A team of chemical engineers at the University of Arkansas has developed a method for converting common algae into butanol, a renewable fuel that can be used in existing combustible engines. The green technology benefits from and adds greater value to a process being used now to clean and oxygenate U.S. waterways by removing excess nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer in runoff.
“We can make cars go,” said Jamie Hestekin, assistant professor and leader of the project. “Our conversion process is efficient and inexpensive.