The temperature on our planet is rising. Human activity is directly causing an ecological disaster on Earth!
As a result of rising temperatures, our planet faces rising sea levels, longer and harder droughts across the world, the destruction of the ozone layer and more wild and unpredictable weather. It's not just an issue for polar bears, Staffs Uni Professor, Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani, tells us, these changes will have catastrophic effects for people around the globe if we don't do something fast!
Simplifying the science
Since 1900, the carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has doubled. Whilst some of the source of this has come from naturally occuring things like volcanic eruptions, the majority of increases in what are named "greenhouse gases" are directly linked to human activity; aerosols, deforestation, the list goes on...
READ MORE: If you're interested in reading more into it, our friend Hamidreza recomends the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report (2018) and the World Meteorological Organisation Greenhouse Gases Bulletin (2018).
INTERACTIVE: Check out MyGridGB's live dashboard on how the UK's energy is being produced and where we are in relation to the 2030 targets. There's even a countdown to us "decarbonising British electricity"... scary stuff!
The politics behind it
And what's this Staffs Uni lecturer doing about it?
Professor Gohari Darabkhani reckons we can use "carbon capture and storage technology" to make burning carbon fuels cleaner and thinks part of the key to reaching targets is making existing technologies (renewable and non) more efficient. We can't pretend that we understood all of the technical information in the lecture but it sounds like exciting and promising stuff and we're sure you can contact @staffsuni to find out more direct from the source.
So, what can I as an individual do to reduce my carbon footprint?
Drive less and fly less... we recommend:
Car pooling to Uni - you could also share the cost of a parking permit if you did this.
If you cycle in, make use of Dr Bike who's on campus at the end of every month and carries out free bike maintenance for students.
Eat less meat... we recommend:
Waste less... we recommend:
Switch off heat, lights and applicances... we recommend:
Recycle more... we recommend:
Checking what recycling facilities are available to you via your local council website
Shop sustainably... we recommend: