If you’ve read the news recently about events in California and the Western United States, you’ll surely be aware of the fact that there are lots of wildfires in that region, some burning so uncontrollably that thousands and thousands of people have had to be evacuated from their homes because of the risk.
Climate change and rising temperatures have contributed to the hot wildfire season increasing in length from just 5 months – what it was naturally – to over 7 months today.
More than 50% of the time, the region is at risk for wildfires, as the infographic below shows.
This page we’ve put together shows you how you can help the fight against climate change by doing your part.
The United States is seeing a shift in its energy needs from coal to natural gas. But is natural gas really that much cleaner than coal?
As the graphic below shows, while natural gas contributes lower levels of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, it is indeed a significant amount, much higher than nuclear or renewable energy.
The only way that we can reduce our footprint going forward is by shifting our dependency from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy like wind, water, and solar.
If you’re interested in doing your part, you can check out DSIRE, the website where you can find incentives for switching to renewable sources of energy.
Burning fossil fuels and raising livestock are two of the largest contributors to increasing CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. Nature has prepared Earth for some extra carbon, though, since the land, the air, and the sea act as carbon sinks of sorts.
However, we are fast approaching the upper limits of how much these “sinks” can handle, as the infographic below shows.
Deforestation, pollution, and higher and higher consumption of fossil fuels is producing slow but potentially devastating changes to the Earth.
You can measure your carbon footprint with this neat calculator.
The world is getting warmer and the science is undeniable. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Even though average temperatures are only measured to be increasing by 2 degrees or so, the 2 degrees actually make a HUGE difference. Think of the Earth as you would yourself. Your body temperature is 37 degrees C, or 98.6 degrees F. A 2 degree increase may seem nominal, but ask anyone who has had a fever and they’ll tell you otherwise.
Even a backyard scientist using a setup to measure the weather at home can track these changes.
This infographic from the World Bank shows the effects of unchecked climate change on Africa and Asia. The consequences are staggering and striking.
Ever since we’ve been using electricity, we’ve seen the devastating effects of trying to generate enough to power the modern world. Coal energy is by far the most polluting, and nuclear energy, though very efficient, is far from being immune from generating waste.
For truly sustainable energy, we have to look towards solar and wind energy. This awesome infographic shows how wind turbines work – and highlights the awesome technology behind harnessing one of our most abundant sources of energy.