Lets Be Optimistic!
There are good reasons to have hope and optimism now; people are working hard to fight Climate Change. There are many advances and startups now for better batteries; we now know how to make buildings that produce more energy than they use - and do it cleanly; farming is evolving with sophisticated vertical farms and aqua-farming; Electric cars are entering the mainstream; and a small village can now power itself (both electrical and mechanical) using Stirling-engine based systems.
What YOU Can Do
There are many things you can do, some of which are very inexpensive. The world is losing biomass due to human activities so plant as much as you can and donate to organizations also do that. Making your home more efficient, eating less red meat, a more efficient car (or better yet, an EV), being politically active (which is free, using the web - lets get Republicans to start helping), and recycle as much as possible to help protect waterways and oceans. You can read more on our Blog.
Glaciers Are Melting Faster!
NASA has found that glacier melt is happening even faster than expected. These are real facts, and cause for deep concern. Climate Change is here, and it is possible that we cannot stop what is coming.
Yet, there is hope. Germany now gets 25% of its electricity from renewables, and has set a goal of 80% by 2050.
Costs Higher, If We Wait
Climate Change is already here, and is costing us both in money and in lives. It will only get worse. Earlier melt-off is causing more soil erosion, costs to farmers, and lower crop yields.
As heat increases, crops will be under more stress. And storms of all kinds will get worse. Bottom Line: the cost to fix our world now is less than the cost to deal with Climate Change later.
Amazon has good books, posters, and gifts related to Climate Change.
The more we raise awareness the sooner we can get moving in the right direction! All we have to do is start now. If you imagine long-term, with sea level rise, what is the cost of damage or even loss to major coastal cities? What is the cost to a farmer if he is driven out of business? Meanwhile, in the US, Congress does nothing to help Americans prevent, or even just to prepare; do politicians even care about the future?
Climate Change Affects All
Scientists need to do a better job at communicating with the public. People often resist change, and Global Warming represents quite a bit of change. While any one climate model might have some uncertainty, what really stands out in the science is the strong agreement among a very large and diverse set of models. Experienced scientists know that we can have confidence, when we see a wide range of models that use different methods and are created by different people yet all have the same conclusion.
There is a lot that you can do to help the climate. Some of the science is surprising. For example, human agriculture is a big contributor to climate change, yet we do not have a good replacement for the nitrogen-based fertilizers that contribute to climate change. But a person who gives up eating Beef, can do more for the climate than getting a better car. There are many things you can do, and we hope site helps to educate people, and help the environment.
Lessons From History?
When you think of the most important events in history, almost every one involved people coming together to stop a threat or solve a problem. During World War II, many countries and people worked together. Battling the Great Depression in the US required everyone in the country to work together, regardless of race or religion or economic level. The birth of the United States was a diverse group of people, working together.
Now the world needs to come together to help save our Climate. The challenge is almost impossible if people are in contention; but if we work together, it can be done. Its an important goal - for us, and for future generations. Why would someone not want to help the climate?
A good example is Recycling. At first,no one recycled - it was looked down upon. At first, warnings about landfills growing too fast were ignored. Eventually people realized how important it is to recycle - it saves landfill space, conserves resources, and helps reduce litter too. Once it became easy to do, right from the curbside of your home, then everyone started doing it. What if Climate Change was easier to work on? What you had more options, at reasonable cost?
What is the Difference Between Weather, and Climate?
Climate Change is a long term process where the earth's climate evolves, due to many factors. These factors include effects from the Sun, ocean currents, naturally occurring weather patterns, from the biology on our planet - and from human activities as well. Man has a role in both causing Climate Change - and in dealing with it.
In earlier periods of the Earth's history there were large amounts of volcanic activity. This affected the atmosphere, and the Earth warmed. Many species died; the Earth has seen this before, and will adapt - in fact, Earth is already adapting, as biology reacts to a warming world. Humans may find adapting is harder than it seems.Our cars, factories, and agriculture all release considerable amounts of CO2 and other chemicals into the air; this is equivalent, conceptually, to a long-term smoldering set of volcanoes. The risk to us all is that human activities are increasing; the load we are putting on the atmosphere is getting worse each year, not better. Science has shown that it is already too late to avoid climate change - it is here already. Now we have to try to at least slow it down, and we have to learn to live in a warming world.
One way to help is have energy efficient appliances; one of our related sites is, FridgeRatings.com.
Here is a good video about Climate Change -
"Man made" Climate Change is also called Anthropomorphic Climate Change. Scientists are working hard to quantify exactly how much effect Mankind has on Climate Change. This is complicated by many factors, for example the sun's cycles. But we do know a lot about solar cycles now, and can build that knowledge into the climate change models.