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.
Did you know that fossil fuels make up 40% of man-made carbon admission? Coal releases 2,249 lbs of carbon dioxide per megawatt of coal burned, this number does not include the mining, cleaning, and transportation of the coal. Oil produces 1,672 pounds of carbon per megawatt, and again this does not include the equipment needed to collect the oil, the transportation, or the production. (http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/co2.html) Think about how much carbon is released into the environment every year from theses fossil fuels. Why are we still using these fuels when there are alternative sources that can work just as well? Wind energy is a negligible energy source because it burn no fuel, and releases no carbon into the atmosphere. Wind energy makes green electricity. Wind is a never ending source, whereas fossil fuels will run out some point. It may be a big change for our community, but it is something that is bound to happen so why not make this positive change now?
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.
Greetings everyone! I’m Christine Chen, a 8th grader from Taiwan. I believe that global warming has a lot to do with our carbon emission. From what I had researched on, I’ve noticed a intersting relationship between the rising temperature and carbon usage. In 1900,the carbon emission in Taiwan was about 30 tons and the avearge land temperature was about 22.5 Celcius , in 2009 the carbon emission was about 75066 tons and the average land temperature was about 24 Celcius. From this you can notice that as the carbon emission increases, the temperature increses. In 1900 Taiwan’s technology was still not advance enough to have cars and other equipments that make our lives easier, so we produce less carbon, a hundred more years later, Taiwan has become more prosperous and there are more cars and factories so we produce more carbon. As we produce more carbon, the average temperature increases by 1.5 Celcius. This doesn’t sound much, but if the whole world’s average temperature rises, as it already had, it will cause the glaciers to melt, which would result in coastal flooding.
I feel as though there are several misconceptions as to what Climate Change does and how it directly effects us. What are your positions when it comes to the mitigation of Climate Change, and how would follow through with to have a significant international impact?
EU Air Pollution Costs Exceed $134 Billion — COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Air pollution isn’t just harmful — it’s expensive, resulting in health care and environmental costs of more than €100 billion ($130 billion) in 2009, the European Union’s environment agency said Thursday.
The energy sector had the highest pollution costs, followed by manufacturing and production processes, according to the report by the European Environment Agency. The findings underscore the environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel-based power generation