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Huey Freeman

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Why is there not enough being done in terms of reducing our impacts on climate change?

The issues regarding climate change have been on the rise in the media world (well the non-bias media at least) in the past few months.

1) There is 95% certainty that human activity is the cause of global warming.
2) Carbon dioxide is at an unprecedented level since the last 800,00 years.
3) Sea levels are expected to rise at a faster rate than the last 40 years, and
4) Over the last 2 decades, the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have been melting at an increasingly high rate, as well as glaciers receding in most parts of the world.

This is not the only thing that catches the eye when it comes to polluting the environment. As we speak, football fields worth of land is being destroyed, in particular the Amazon rain forest, due to the need for expansion of agriculture and fertile land. This not only causes the highest amount of biodiversity loss, but is also one of the biggest contributors to release of GHG (greenhouse gases).

Fortunately there are alternatives. In fact, alternative and renewable technologies world wide are just waiting to be embraced...
Sadly, little action is being implemented by leaders world wide to really curb our fossil fuels consumption.

What in the world is it going to take to wake people up? Or even world leaders for that matter? Should there be more consequences not meeting targets for GHG reductions? Less subsidization in fossil fuels?

Let me know your thoughts!


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    Nov 27 2013: I think the point you're missing is that solar and wind power are being rolled out in the areas where they are practical, but unfortunately for at least half the worlds population none of the current renwables are a practical solution to emmissions reduction.
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      Nov 27 2013: Your arguing two different things. Where energy is practical is not the same as a practical solution to emissions reduction. Its related, but not the same. Reducing emissions can range from taxing carbon to implementing renewable's, to carbon capture and storage technologies.
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        Nov 28 2013: Carbon capture and storage is as yet unproven and the whole point of a carbon tax is to encourage the use of low carbon energy sources which, of those that are currently available, only nuclear has the ability to work anywhere and any time.

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