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Aug 4, 2017
Penny

Global Warming: What Can We Do?

Everyone with a conscience is concerned about climate change and whenever someone mentions global warming, “What can we do?” is usually the next comment heard. While it is up to government, scientists, and industry leaders to shape final policy in this battle, there are a number of things the average person can do on their own that will help to make a difference.

Recycle

Take the time to properly sort your garbage for pick-up. Compost, if at all possible.

Filters

Make sure that your air conditioner, furnace, and dryer filters are clean as this reduces the amount of electricity the machines need.

Washing and Drying

It can be tempting to run a load of laundry whenever you need the clothes in question. Unfortunately, you are wasting energy and then compounding the problem with half a load in the dryer. Wait until both are full. You can also reduce dryer usage by letting clothes air dry.

Bathing

While a nice relaxing bath is tempting, you use less water showering. Also, cut back on the number of showers you take because such regular hot water exposure is hard on your skin.

Reduce Packaging Waste

If you can buy an economy version of a product, do that instead of purchasing multiple units of the same thing. That reduces the amount of packaging (and garbage) you will be contributing to landfills.

Eat Less Meat

In addition to being better for you, vegetarian and vegan diets contribute a far smaller carbon footprint than diets that regularly include meat. Even if you don’t wish to give up meat entirely, reducing your consumption can still help.

Car Efficiency

Keep your tires properly inflated and your engine properly tuned. Carpool, if possible, and plan out trips to get as much done as possible, so that you do not have to use the car more often than necessary.

May 20, 2013
Sally

Ry forWhy Melting Glaciers is Not a Good Sign?

Glaciers are amazing nature’s process and an even more spectacular sight to behold. Glaciers are made of compressed fallen snow, packed into thick masses of crystallized ice. Fallen snow packed on top of the other and under their own weight, glaciers can move and slide downwards towards lower area.

In recent years, glaciers have been melting faster than they usually do. Glaciers have always melted to a certain amount due to warmer weather like during summer. However, because of global warming and an increase of the average temperature, glaciers are melting rapidly and in some places have gone entirely. When warmer water melts glaciers faster than they can accumulate, there will be no more glaciers to replace the existing ones that are used as source of freshwater and electricity by some communities in the world.

Breaching Iceberg - Greenland, August 8, 2008

Why are glaciers so important? They are just thick sheets of ice moving slowly, aren’t they?

When glaciers melt, the water will flow from the streams and rivers and into the ocean. When this happens, the water level in the ocean will rise. Coastal areas will flood and homes will be destroyed. Farmlands that are situated at lower lands will also be flooded and the crops will be gone. This will disrupt our way of life and our source of living. When all the water flows into the ocean, the streams and river will dry up and the people who use water from these water sources will suffer from shortage of water supply.

Increase in global average temperature has caused dire consequences on glaciers. It’s a phenomenon that needs to be addressed before more serious problems occur.

May 20, 2013
Sally

Why Melting Glaciers is Not a Good Sign?

Glaciers are amazing nature’s process and an even more spectacular sight to behold. Glaciers are made of compressed fallen snow, packed into thick masses of crystallized ice. Fallen snow packed on top of the other and under their own weight, glaciers can move and slide downwards towards lower area.

In recent years, glaciers have been melting faster than they usually do. Glaciers have always melted to a certain amount due to warmer weather like during summer. However, because of global warming and an increase of the average temperature, glaciers are melting rapidly and in some places have gone entirely. When warmer water melts glaciers faster than they can accumulate, there will be no more glaciers to replace the existing ones that are used as source of freshwater and electricity by some communities in the world.

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Why are glaciers so important? They are just thick sheets of ice moving slowly, aren’t they?

When glaciers melt, the water will flow from the streams and rivers and into the ocean. When this happens, the water level in the ocean will rise. Coastal areas will flood and homes will be destroyed. Farmlands that are situated at lower lands will also be flooded and the crops will be gone. This will disrupt our way of life and our source of living. When all the water flows into the ocean, the streams and river will dry up and the people who use water from these water sources will suffer from shortage of water supply.

Increase in global average temperature has caused dire consequences on glaciers. It’s a phenomenon that needs to be addressed before more serious problems occur.

Apr 1, 2013
Sally

Earth’s Future Climate – Hopeful of Bleak?

Over the years, we have seen our beautiful world suffer from serious emissions that have threatened the natural beauty of our environment. The emission from the earth has contributed to the warming of the earth’s climate.

Scientists have already projected that if the emissions persist, then we could see the earth’s temperature increasing up to an additional 4 degrees later in this century.

So are we doing enough to stem the tide? The truth is that if tough decisions are not taken quickly and drastic, then we’ll soon be living in crises mode.

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Feasible ways of halting climate change:

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) discovered that by 2050 the emissions from the earth need to be about 50% below its current levels; in their Emissions Gap Report of 2012. So, how can this gap be closed up?

There has to be total compliance with every agreement regarding reduction of green house emissions. The UNEP and other bodies concerned have to implement policies that not only go a long way to achieving emissions objective; but that are also interesting for the concerned nations to pursue.

Take for instance, implementing a better performance standard for public vehicles and buses, will obviously bring down carbon emissions, benefit the environment and enhance quality of air in cities.

Also, there has to be concerted effort in helping under-developed and developing countries adopt a low carbon economy. This can be achieved through quality policy making, and creative information technology systems.

 

Jun 7, 2012
Julia

Quebec Wants to Reduce Emissions by 20%

 

Quebec will provide the bulk of investment in its Action Plan 2013-2020 on Climate Change (PACC 2020) to the transport sector, which alone emits 43% of all emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the province.

Of the $ 2.7 billion investment that will be granted at PACC 2020, two thirds, or about $ 1.8 billion will be spent on transport sector, including to promote public transit or carpooling develop.

The PACC 2020 will be self-financed from the carbon market and the fuel levy and fossil fuels, which has been extended until 2014.

“It works as a formula. The proof is done. There will revaluations to be made, but we are committed to a policy that can not stop, “said Premier Jean Charest.

The plan sets 30 priorities for action, particularly in the field of sustainable mobility, land use and energy.

Grants to spend oil heating to geothermal, wind, hydroelectric and solar power are also provided for.

The overall objective is to reduce 20% GHG emissions by 2020 compared to the reference year of 1990.

GHG emissions in Quebec have reached a historic peak in 2003 to 6.8% above the 1990 level. The level of GHG then decreased by 8.7% to in 2009 to 2.5% below the 1990 level, according to information from the government.

Reactions

Équiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation have found that this plan is “interesting, but incomplete” and that he will not, in their view, to achieve the goals by 2020.

The PACC 2020, however, contain in their opinion of “interesting things”, as Quebec’s participation in the carbon market and a commitment to devote two-thirds of this funding to the development of public transit. The Société de transport de Montreal (STM) for its part welcomed the measures announced.

“By dedicating two-thirds of the Green Fund, including public transit, the Quebec government confirms one of the components of the cocktail of measures that will enable us to provide funding for public transit, said Michel Labrecque, Chairman of Directors of the STM. This is good news confirming the central role of public transportation in reducing GHG emissions in Québec. ”

WWF was pleased “to see that Quebec wants to retain its role as a leader in Canada in regards to the fight against climate change, said Marie-Claude Lemieux, Director for Quebec WWF-Canada. It is imperative for Quebec to reduce emissions from the transport sector if it wants to achieve the 2020 target. ”

The Quebec Association of fight against air pollution (AQLPA), Greenpeace Quebec and Nature Québec have however said “overall disappointment” of this action plan.

The government is to “miss the boat,” according to André Bélisle, president of AQLPA plan since it identifies only the third of measures to achieve these targets.

“After missing the Kyoto targets for 2008-2012, the Quebec government is mired in contradictions and may miss its 2020 target,” he said.