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Jul 25, 2013
Zaid

HUMAN CAUSES OF GLOBAL WARMING AND THEIR EFFECTS ON MOTHER EARTH

In the past few decades, the issue of changing global climate has been transformed into a dilemma. The primary way human contributes to this global warming is by burning fossil fuels. This combustion of fuels leads to increased amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the atmosphere, which in turn leads to increased Greenhouse Effect. Of course, the more energy used, the more greenhouse gases are emitted; the more humans cause global warming. Perhaps, it is rightly quoted “No animal has contributed to global warming as significantly as man has.” Some of the chief activities that contribute to the global warming are:

 

When You Drive

A large portion of carbon emission is attributed to the burning of gasoline in engines of vehicles. The combustion of gasoline releases nitrous oxide too, which is again a greenhouse gas.

 

When You Eat Meat and Exotic Foods

Eating food that is shipped long distances, adds to greenhouse gas emissions as it travels over 1000 miles before reaching you. Eating beef and drinking milk also adds to greenhouse gases, since cows emit significant amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas even more efficacious than carbon.

Land conversion

When farms and forests disappear, the land loses the ability to absorb greenhouse gases, and emissions from other activities have an even greater effect.

 

Increasing temperature of the Earth

 

The reason why we remain concerned about the above mentioned situation is that the effects of global warming on our earth are devastating. The prominent effects include:

  • Rising temperature
  • Drying of the rain forest
  • Melting of the glaciers
  • Increased sea level
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.