Climate change is a problem
Our Earth is warming. Earth's average temperature has risen by 1°C over the past century, and is estimated to rise another 1 to 6°C over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in the climate and weather.
The evidence is clear. Rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. There are many places that have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. The planet's oceans and glaciers have also experienced some big changes - oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps and glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, they will likely present challenges to our society and our environment.
Humans are mostly to blame for recent climate change
Over the past century, human activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the earths atmosphere. The majority of greenhouse gases come from the of burning fossil fuels to produce energy, however industrial processes, deforestation and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around Earth, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to warm. This is called the greenhouse effect and is natural and necessary to support life on Earth. However, the build up of greenhouse gases can change the Earth's climate and result in dangerous effects to human health and welfare and to ecosystems.
The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases we put in the atmosphere in the near future and for years to come.
Climate change affects everyone
Our lives are connected to the climate. Human societies have adapted to the relatively stable climate we have enjoyed since the last ice age which ended thousands of years ago. A warming climate will bring changes that can affect our water supplies, agriculture, power and transportation systems, the natural environment, and even our own health and safety.
Some changes to the climate are unavoidable. Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for nearly a century, so Earth will continue to warm in the coming decades. The warmer it gets, the greater the risk for more severe changes to the climate and Earth's system. Although it's difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change, what's clear is that the climate we are accustomed to is no longer a reliable guide for what to expect in the future.
We can reduce the risks we will face from climate change. By making choices that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and preparing for the changes that are already underway, we can reduce risks from climate change. Our decisions today will shape the world our children and grandchildren will live in.
Making a difference
Everyone has the responsability globally to make changes in their lifestyles in order to reduce the carbon footprints we leave on our planet. Industry and facilities with large land coverage have been identified as being key players in the UKs contribution to carbon emissions and the government require the assistance of these site owners to install carbon saving measures in order to achiveve the UKs Carbon Reduction Comittment. As schools tend to have large roof spaces and to further assist in educating future generations of the importance of renewable green energy, schools throughout the UK are being encouraged to install green, renewable energy sytsems.
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