Top environmental issues are centered on climate change these days. Greenhouse gas emissions, which accelerate global warming, are at a level that significantly exceeds the highest concentrations in ice cores ever recorded, according to Business Insider. The U.S. was already spending a billion dollars on climate disruption in 2013, including drought- and storm- related costs, according to the National Resources Defense Council.
Climate change is a big deal for a number of reasons, and one of the biggest is its impact on human health. Warming temperatures, wildfires, rising sea levels and droughts all cause or exacerbate debilitating health conditions that threaten not only at-risk sectors of society but also you and me. The health risks certainly are greater among vulnerable groups of people, such as the elderly, infants, the poor and the ill, but as temperatures continue to climb, increasing numbers of the general population are at risk as well. The most serious health threats we face include the following. Continue reading “8 Unmistakable Ways Climate Change Threatens Human Health”
When many of us think about climate change, we place responsibility squarely on the shoulders of big industry. While it is true that our country’s fossil fuel power plants, manufacturing and transportation industries are the top greenhouse gas (GHG) contributors, it stands to reason that each individual American is also contributing on a micro scale. Continue reading “6 Things You Might Be Doing Daily That Contribute to Climate Change”
Complacency is easier than action, but according to experts at NASA, the Pentagon and the Department of Agriculture, complacency is no longer an option in regard to climate change. The actual effects of a warming planet are already validating some of the scientific community’s direst forecasts. With Earth Day quickly approaching on April 22, we should make 2016 the year for confronting manmade climate change head on.
The two largest carbon-emitting nations — China and the U.S. — opted into the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, making the Paris Agreement the strongest international mandate ever for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although 196 conference participants signed the climate change agreement, it will not be legally binding until a minimum of 55 nations that together contribute more than 55 percent of total global GHG emissions have signed on. The deadline is April 21, 2017. The ratified agreement would go into effect in 2020.
Hot on the heels of the Paris Climate Summit, the small North African nation of Morocco set an unprecedented example for the rest of the world. King Mohammed VI unveiled Noor I in February 2016, the first phase of a massive concentrated solar power complex in the Sahara Desert. With the completion of the remaining phases of the project, planned for 2018, the parabolic solar installation will supply more than one million people with all the power they need. It will also significantly reduce Morocco’s carbon emissions, a task critical to slowing climate change. Continue reading “Moroccans Take the Lead in Reducing Carbon Emissions with a Big Move Toward Clean Energy”
The rewards of making your home eco-friendly are energy savings and a healthier environment. Even small eco-friendly home ideas, like insulating and composting, are important steps. Larger projects, like switching to domestic solar or wind power, are becoming more attractive all the time, and if you’re thinking about remodeling, use eco-friendly materials for long-lasting results. Making your home eco-friendly not only helps slow climate change, but it also lowers your power bills. Plus, some pretty significant government incentives mean being eco-friendly is more affordable than ever. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Creating an Eco-Friendly Home and How to Go About It”