DON’T UNDERESTIMATE GLOBAL WARMING

For three decades, environmentalists have been claiming that if we don’t do something to fight global warming, we’ll all turn into pumpkins by the end of the century or so. Yet they’ve made very little headway in getting humanity to act on their suggested remedies.

The amount of Global Warming is often measured relative to the late 19th century even though this is about 100 years after the start of the industrial revolution, when humans started burning large amounts of fossil fuels.

According to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world should try to limit global warming to as close to 1.5C as possible to avoid its worst effects, such as deadly heat waves, sea level rise that threatens coastal cities and more violent storms.

One of the researchers, Professor Michael Mann, said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had been using a definition of pre-industrial “that is likely underestimating the warming that has already taken place”.

“That means we have less carbon to burn than we previously thought, if we are to avert the most dangerous changes in climate,” he said.

“When the IPCC says that we’ve warmed 1C relative to pre-industrial, that’s probably incorrect. It’s likely as much as 1.2C.”

Meeting a 1.° C target is obviously more difficult if the change already experienced is 1.2 degrees rather than the 1.0 that had been broadly accepted. The new information doesn’t make the world any warmer, but it could have an effect on programs designed to meet the 1.5 degree goal. Either the total change allowed under agreements needs to go up to adjust for this early change, the definition of the allowed change needs to be redefined to make it clear it’s relative to 1880, or programs will have to be rapidly accelerated to try and hold off that final bit of change.

The study, described in the journal Natural Climate Change, found that anything from 0.02C to 0.21C of warming could already have taken place before the late 19th century.

The lower end of that range would mean the current use of the late 19th century is reasonably accurate, but the upper end would be a substantial change.

Professor Mann, of Pennsylvania State University, said that either the Paris targets “have to be revised” or the world could simply decide that they only wanted to restrict warming relative to the 19th century.

The new information doesn’t make the world any warmer, but it could have an effect on programs designed to meet the 1.5 degree goal. Either the total change allowed under agreements needs to go up to adjust for this early change, the definition of the allowed change needs to be redefined to make it clear it’s relative to 1880, or programs will have to be rapidly accelerated to try and hold off that final bit of change.

TO SAVE THE WORLD, START SMALL

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
— Greek proverb

Global warming has increased in vast increments in the last decade. In fact, in the last 50 years, the earth’s global temperature has increased by 3%. Pollution caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the air creates a blanket over the atmosphere. Global warming can cause a whole chain of events to rupture ecosystems, weather patterns, and a variety of other factors. We all play a part in our future.

To save the world, there is no need of any committee or agreement. We can do this by simply altering our lifestyle a little. Take small steps that won’t change our life but make a difference to the world.

Replace Regular Incandescent Light bulb: Replace regular incandescent light bulb with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. They consume 70% less energy than ordinary bulbs and have longer lifetime.

Go Solar: Many people have caught the energy efficient band wagon of solar energy. Having solar panels installed is something readily possible and available. Incentives and discounts given by government agencies and energy companies make solar energy something to look into.

Reduce Waste: Landfills are the major contributor of methane and other greenhouse gases. When the waste is burnt, it releases toxic gases in the atmosphere which result in global warming. Reusing and recycling old items can significantly reduce your carbon footprint as it takes far less energy to recycle old items than to produce items from scratch.

Use less Hot Water: Buy energy saving geysers and dishwasher for your home. Avoid washing clothes in hot water. Just wash them in cold or warm water. Avoid taking frequent showers and use less hot water. It will help in saving energy require to produce that energy.

Plant a Tree: Planting trees can help much in reducing global warming than any other method. They not only give oxygen but also take in carbon dioxide, during the process of photosynthesis, which is the main source of global warming.

Reuse Towels: Hang towels to dry, instead of popping them back in the wash after a few uses.

Spread the Awareness: Always try your best to educate people about global warming and its causes and after affects. Tell them how they can contribute their part by saving energy that will be good for the environment. Gather opportunities and establish programs that will help you to share information with friends, relatives and neighbors.

By being just a little more mindful, we all can play our part in combating global warming. These easy tips will help preserve the planet for future generations.

OCEAN OF PLASTIC.

About 71% of earth’s surface consists of water.

The ocean remains one of the most expansive, mysterious and diverse places on Earth. Unfortunately, it is being threatened by pollution from people on land and from natural causes. Marine life is dying, and as a result the whole oceanic ecosystem is threatened simply by various sources of pollution.

One such hazardous pollution is plastic pollution.

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.

The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use.

Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastic is a valuable resource and plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that resource.

Plastic is harmful to environment is many ways. It does not break down easily and it is considered as food for marine animals.

But we could prevent this much plastic from ever entering the ocean.

For example, only 14% of plastic packaging is recycled, and it’s the biggest source of plastic pollution in the oceans, according to the report.

If we reused more plastic packaging, and turned it back into other plastic products, the report concludes, we could significantly decrease the amount that goes into the oceans.

If we are to preserve ocean and its natural beauty, drastic measures have to be taken to combat this pollution and keep what we hold most dear.

 

GO GREEN WITH YOUR CLOSET.

Every morning, looking at our giant closet the first thing that comes to our mind is “I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WEAR, I NEED TO SHOP”.

Then magically we take our new Zara dress, slip into our Jimmy Choo and we are off to shop.

But what we don’t realize is that subconsciously we are contributing for carbon footprints which lead to global warming. According to a recent survey, to convert raw materials into finished products, textiles use at least 8000 toxic chemicals. This human impact has devastated life on our planet, leaving a very large footprint – and that’s just the creation process. Based on the life span of any given product, the remaining half of the ecological footprint occurs after the garment is purchased.

Global awareness of our carbon footprint is steadily on the rise. The world population is developing a fundamental understanding of the need for ecologically sound practices. Choices for sustainable, eco clothes keep that momentum rolling.

So what changes can we do?

Going green with your closet is a simple way to protect our environment. By making small changes in our shopping techniques we can make big a difference.

Before buying a cloth make sure to check the material. Bamboo, silk, organic cotton, soy, hemp are one of the few natural, eco-friendly fabrics on the market. Before you shop, it’s best to know the ins and outs of each.

When we purchase merchandise from a brand, we are not just buying a piece of clothing or a statement necklace. We are also indirectly giving our seal of approval on its labor and environmental practices. We need to know more about the brands we tend to wear. Visit their websites and check the label before supporting them.

Wash with care. Buy green laundry detergent. It does the same job without the harsh, synthetic chemicals that harm the environment and pose health hazards. To save energy, wash on low heat and line dry.
If you need to dry clean your clothes, search for an eco-friendly, organic cleaner in your neighborhood that doesn’t use perchloroethylene (perc), a common chemical used by many traditional dry cleaners. It’s been listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the Clean Air Act and a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

These minor changes in our daily life might be noticeable to us but they would show their effect in long term.

A small contribution towards the growing problem of global warming, by International Centre of Culture and Education (ICCE) is Green(R)evolution. Join our initiative to protect the environment.

EAT ORGANIC FOR ENVIRONMENT.

When we are walking down the aisle of the departmental store or wandering around the farmer’s market, we are so focused on shopping vegetables and groceries that would add nutrients and proteins in our diet; we tend to overlook how the production of these goods is effecting the environment.  Food production includes certain growing or raising practices, packaging and shipping; all these steps involve the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases. While we are focused on living a healthy diet, we lose the sight of the effects we are leaving on our environment.

Food can be grown and raised organically or by conventional methods that use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic agriculture is aimed at preserving the environment, biodiversity; supporting animal health and welfare and only using approved materials. Choosing organic food simply means buying food products that are grown without using any synthetic or artificial products. The best way to avoid these products is to buy local production of food. Eating locally reduces your carbon footprint by minimizing emissions from transport.

In the past decade, diets and eating trends have exploded in the mainstream. Everyone is trying something new or has some kind of sensitivity to a common food. Our lives have begun to revolve around the management of our eating habits as we become more obsessed and invested in our own, and our families’ diets. With our changing lifestyle, we are all focused on achieving our fitness goals. This, as result, has increased the consumption of proteins and thereby meat. Between 2010 and 2016, the meat consumption has increased 10 times.

So what if it is too much meat?

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group showed that the production of red meat produces 10 to 40 times the amount of greenhouse gasses as the production of vegetables and grains. Antibiotic and pesticide contamination, high use of fossil fuels, excessive water use, and mass deforestation are some of the horrific byproducts of meat production. The risks to clean and sustainable land, water, and air are increasing at an alarming rate.

We don’t need to go turn into vegetarians or vegans to save environment. Reduce your daily intake of meat and animal products like dairy, eggs, and fish to 1-2 servings. Explore other protein options from the plant kingdom. Buy meat from sustainable and bio-diverse producers and only in the portions needed for you and your family.

With increasing awareness about saving environment around globe, different communities have started taking initiatives to protect environment through innovative measures. One such initiative taken by International Centre of Culture and Education (ICCE) is Green(R)evolution , which spreads knowledge about protecting environment from global warming. Follow us to know more about protecting environment from our own hazardous habits.