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Climate Change

Climate change is not something that is going to happen in the future or an event that we need to start planning for one day. The effects of climate change have already started happening and we all need to start taking action to slow it down... immediately.

The Science is Clear

Within the general scientific community it has now been proved that we as humans are responsible for global warming. One of the key contributors to this is the melting ice caps and rising sea levels such as those found in Greenland. They are currently melting at a rate that is three times faster than they were only five years ago.

In Australia we have also seen wide spread drought and coral bleaching in the great barrier reef. These are the early warning signs of climate change that we need to take notice of and start taking action before its too late.

The most recent research coming out of NASA also tells us that we have already passed the 'safe' level for carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere (being 350 parts per million 'ppm') and that they are increasing every day at an unprecedented rate. Not only must we stop emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but we must also reduce our current levels.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The most common greenhouse gas (GHG) that is contributing to the issue of global warming is called carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is released into the atmosphere everyday through our modern way of living such as when we drive our cars and leave the lights on. The main two contributors to GHG emissions around the world is the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

The problem is that the increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere destabilises the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. A change of just a few degrees in temperature can have a dramatic effect on our climate and change the planet as we know it. As a result millions and even billions of people could be affected in the future if we don't do something now to stop or slow down the effects of climate change.

For more information on how to reduce your carbon footprint, click here

For more information on the kyoto protocol, click here

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