As a population, we understand the environmental problems that occur but we aren’t motivated enough to act upon it. The world is not doing enough to fight the pollution problem since green house gas emissions over the past decade are the highest in human history. According to the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), if we don’t do any further action, temperatures will increase 4 to 5 degrees celcius, which could have devasting effects on the planet. The IPCC states that it isn’t too late to change the 4 to 5 degrees to 2 degrees, which experts conclude as the minimun temperature needed to avoid major devastations. In order to reach the 2 degree shift, we would have to reduce emissions from 40 to 70 percent.
The effects of increase of 4 degrees celcius would be a loss of 20 to 30 percent of our wildlife and we would have to face more extreme weather (as if we don’t already get enough!). The odd thing is that despite all the efforts that have been made to reduce pollution, greenhouse gas emissions have grew more in 2000 to 2010 than each of the previous decades before then.
All of this can be a scary thing, but if we dont take impactive action, devastating results will occur. Energy systems need to convert from fossil fuels to renewable smart energy – wind and solar power are a major investment that could really help! Slowly, this has been starting to pick up, but it needs to start going faster. Here is a great bar graph that shows the solar power growth over the decades.
China is the #1 solar producer in the world, #2 followed by Japan, and 3rd being the USA. Solar production is a good way to keep jobs and keep the economy growing.
On the bright side, closures of gas power plants have been escalating lately! Recently, IKEA has invested in a wind farm that will produce 380,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy yearly.