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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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    Dec 2 2013: The main struggle is persuading humans to work together. A good wake up call is more, natural disasters.

    If ice sheets are melting; why not just freeze and add man-made glaziers in to the ocean? Is there a way of filtering the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere into outer space (what might be the side effects of doing this)?

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