"Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal"
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Climate change is a significant variation of normal weather conditions. This is not some made up term, this has been proven over and over again by so many credible sources, to give one example: NASA
1. Global Temperature Rise
The surface temperature has risen over 2 degrees since the 19th century, caused largely by increased carbon dioxide emissions. Most of this warming occurred in the past 40 years.
2. Warming Ocean
Most of the increased heat has been absorbed by the ocean, the place where the earth stores 90% of its extra energy.
3. Shrinking Ice Sheets
Antarctic & Greenland sheets have decreased dramatically, with an average loss of 250 billion tons of ice per year.
4. Glacial Retreat
Disappearing glaciers are occurring throughout the world.
5. Decreased Snow Cover
Snow is not only decreasing but its melting earlier than ever.
6. Sea Level Rise
Within the last century the sea level has risen 8 inches (20 centimeters) but in the last two decades we have seen it accelerate.
7. Declining Arctic Sea Ice
Sea ice is declining in terms of mass and thickness.
8. Extreme Events
Record breaking high and low temperature events are increasing throughout the world.
ex. Texas Snow Storms
9. Ocean Acidification
The acidity of the oceans water has increased by 30%, due to the emitions of carbon dioxide. The ocean has absorbed over 20% of the emissions.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
This is so important because the largest way to enact real change is if there are laws enacted and large companies begin to be fined / jailed
Reduce Water Waste
It takes a lot of energy to heat, pump, and treat your water. Saving your water reduces your carbon footprint, try small steps like taking shorter showers, turning water off when brushing teeth and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. "The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution"
Choose a energy efficient utility company and look into ways of renewable energy like solar panels.
Using adequate insulation and sealing drafts. There are also window sealers now for either the really cold or really hot days to save on your heating and cooling bill, which can take up to 50% of your total energy bill. These sealers can also provide tax breaks.
Energy Efficient Appliances
"Since they were first implemented nationally in 1987, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars"
Eat The Food You Buy & Cut Out Meat
"Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill" On top of this animal products are one of the most resource-intensive to produce, so cutting out meat can make a huge difference as well.
Opt For LED Lightbulbs
LED lightbulbs use over 80% less energy and are cheaper in the long run.
Maintain Your Car
"If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost."
Do Your Research
Last but not least make sure your looking into the companies you are supporting and understanding who they are, who they support, and what they represent.