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August 17, 2021
Last week, the U.N. released the first global Climate Change report in over eight years. Based on over 14,000 studies, the report issues a “code red for humanity” and states that global warming is unequivocally a result of human activities.
This data confirm the need for swift action as this impacts us present-day. Just this week in the U.S. alone, more than 150 million people are under heat alerts. Last week, Italy registered the hottest day in Europe’s record. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the hottest month on Earth in the 142 years of record keeping.
The dire warning however does have a glimmer of hope. As discussed during NPR’s Short Wave podcast, there is still opportunity for humans to curtail the catastrophic consequences by taking actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. On the global scale, the burning of fossil fuels contributes to 85% of human-made CO2 emissions. Deforestation is estimated at 15% of human-made CO2 emissions. Governments can use the regional information in the U.N. report to create climate policy specific to their regions to reduce the looming impacts of increased CO2 emissions, such as worsened heat waves, droughts and flood-inducing rainstorms.
Rather than inundate you with statistics, let’s focus on what we can do as individuals to reduce our individual carbon footprint.
Still need those statistics? Here you go:
With so much going on in the world that is beyond our control, let’s pledge to do our part to improve our own carbon footprint.
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