Fears of Climate Change as CO2 Emissions Rise

Fears of Climate Change as CO2 Emissions Rise

Posted March 13th, 2013 by Eco Climate Solutions & filed under News.

imgres-3As fears of climate change continue to escalate in tandem with co2 figures, hopes to never reach what scientists term ”the safe world holding temperatures to limit climate change”, are fast fading if current reports are to be observed. Carbon Dioxide is considered to be the primary greenhouse gas omitted through human activities, adding more co2 to what is naturally present within the atmosphere, and so altering the earth’s natural cycle of the gas causing detrimental effects to weather patterns, which can clearly be observed in recent temperature readings across the world.

Within the earths natural cycle, co2 is used by plants and recycled into oxygen, the rate at which carbon dioxide is now being emitted due to burning fossil fuels has increased. With the continuation of forest destruction to make way for human industrialisation, there are less natural sinks to tackle the problem, creating a downward spiral within the cycle. As humans extensively burn coal, oil and gas to generate electricity and power transportation, industry and consumer demand for the easy source of energy has steadily increased despite protests to choose renewable alternatives, which long term would have less negative environmental impact and are far more cost effective. Trends in emissions across the world have seen an average increase of around 10% with the main culprits of excessive use coming from mainland China, the United States of America and India. As their economy grows so too does the expressed measurement of metric tons of carbon emitted, consequently driving climate change into a fast paced reality rather than a concern.

The obvious and most effective way to reduce emissions is to abstain from the use of fossil fuels, the reality is however the percentage of renewable energy generated globally is significant lower than what is needed. Despite propaganda like showmanship from political bodies lobbying with green activists by presenting wonderfully eco sounding alternative to fossil fuel generated electricity for commercial and residential use, such as the green deal, it offers little more than a payment plan rather than a tax break or incentive to really get people driven to use less co2 emitting forms of energy. As scientist frustration continues to grown among climate change denial by the masses, perhaps climate literacy to tackle the lack of understanding of the implications of global warming is a necessity from political organisations, but becoming a pool of knowledge is less likely to entice the average electricity addicts than cash and money saving incentive, which need to come from world organisations and governments.

The root cause of climate change and co2 levels are human activities, and so much can be done to lower emissions on an every day basis. Simple energy efficiency adaptations and changes such as updating or maintaining old heating and cooling equipment is key to driving down residential and commercial costs of maintaining a comfortable indoor climate from home air conditioning . For those who want to reduce their bills and the more eco-conscious among us want to reduce our impact on the environment…new efficient heating air conditioning and solar thermal heating heating solutions make maximum use of the renewable energy all around us, converting free heat from the air and the sun to deliver completely reliable and controllable heating and hot water even when temperatures outside are below zero. Improving the insulation of buildings, traveling in more fuel-efficient vehicles, and using more efficient electrical appliances are all ways to reduce energy consumption, and thus CO2 emissions. Reducing personal energy use by turning off lights and electronics when not in use reduces electricity demand. Reducing distance traveled in vehicles reduces petroleum consumption. All are ways to reduce energy CO2 emissions through conservation.

As preliminary data for February 2013 show CO2 levels last month standing at their highest ever recorded at Manua Loa, a remote volcano in the Pacific, the disturbing pattern for increased co2 emissions means extreme weather patterns will continue to increase, with the Met Office warning this week that the “extreme” patterns of flood and drought experienced by Britain in 2012 were likely to become more frequent thanks to the higher frequencies of co2 recorded in the atmosphere.
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