Over the last decade the issue of global warming has come to the forefront of debate for scientists, politicians, and the public. There are countless news articles, research papers and blogs out there, all describing the causes and effects of climate change. It has become a very contentious issue, with different theories and statistics being thrown back and forth. It can be hard enough to get your head around exactly what global warming is, so it’s especially difficult when there are so many different opinions flying around. We’ve put together a few of the common myths surround climate change and the truth behind them.
Climate Change Will give us nicer weather
When you think of global warming it’s natural to assume that the weather will get warmer and we’ll soon be wearing shorts and having BBQs every day. Unfortunately that isn’t necessarily the case. While global temperatures rise and the amount of greenhouse gas in the air increases, local eco-systems will be effected. This can result in extreme changes in weather such as storms, floods and droughts.
Global warming has been happening forever
It’s true that since the last ice-age, thousands of years ago, the planet has been getting warmer, but it has been kicked up a notch in the last century. Since the industrial revolution we humans have contributed massively to the amount of greenhouse gases being pumped into the air, resulting in a big global temperature spike.
Plants will take care of the carbon dioxide
Everyone remembers science class, when they learned about how plants use carbon dioxide for energy and turn it into oxygen for us to breathe. Unfortunately the amount of CO2 that we’re putting into the air is too overwhelming for the world’s plant life. Huge amounts of deforestation means that there are a lot less trees than there used to be, and the ones left are, quite simply, exhausted.
There’s nothing we can do
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the prospect of climate change, after all one person can’t save the world, right? It’s true, no one can stop the process of global warming by themselves but there are things that everyone can do to help reduce the effects. Recycling waste and using repurposed materials can reduce the amount of rubbish put into landfills and dumped into the ocean. Conserving energy and using renewable sources can have a big effect. Consider monitoring the amount of electricity you use at home, by using more energy efficient bulbs such as LEDs. There is a lot you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and help stop climate change.
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Created by Steve Ellwood on 24th May, 2017
Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct