Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What is your contribution towards climate change?

Have you ever thought how your normal daily routine may be affecting the environment?The electricity you see with, the bus or car you take to work, the paper you use at the office or the number of children you have all have a contribution towards unfavorable climate effects.

According to The Energy and Resources Institute(TIRI ),while nature plays a role towards climate change,all of us in our daily lives contribute our bit to this change in the climate.

TIRI lists the following as some of the ways in which mankind contributes to climate change every day.....

Electricity is the main source of power in urban areas. All our gadgets run on electricity generated mainly from thermal power plants. These thermal power plants are run on fossil fuels (mostly coal) and are responsible for the emission of huge amounts of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
Cars, buses, and trucks are the principal ways by which goods and people are transported in most of our cities. These are run mainly on petrol or diesel, both fossil fuels.
We generate large quantities of waste in the form of plastics that remain in the environment for many years and cause damage.
We use a huge quantity of paper in our work at schools and in offices. Have we ever thought about the number of trees that we use in a day?
Timber is used in large quantities for construction of houses, which means that large areas of forest have to be cut down.
A growing population has meant more and more mouths to feed. Because the land area available for agriculture is limited (and in fact, is actually shrinking as a result of ecological degradation!), high-yielding varieties of crop are being grown to increase the agricultural output from a given area of land. However, such high-yielding varieties of crops require large quantities of fertilizers; and more fertilizer means more emissions of nitrous oxide, both from the field into which it is put and the fertilizer industry that makes it. Pollution also results from the run-off of fertilizer into water bodies......Read more

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