I would consider myself an environmentalist. After reading this, you might be one too.
Our environment is changing as we speak. For those of you who don’t know what Global Warming is then allow me to explain. Earth is getting warmer and warmer every year. This is due to the burning of fossil fuels used to power many things we use today such as vehicles. When we burn fossil fuels, Carbon Dioxide (Co2) chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants are spewed out into our atmosphere. The more Co2 we have in our atmosphere the harder it is for our Sun’s heat to escape our atmosphere thus Earth is warming up at an alarming rate. In 2013, 9.9 billion metric tons of Carbon Emissions emitted into our atmosphere. In 2014 that number grew by 2.5%
Not all the Co2 we produce goes into the atmosphere. Approximately 50% goes to the atmosphere, 26% goes to land, and 24% goes to the oceans. This affects thousands of species across the globe. If we sat and did nothing and lived our daily lives as we do and continue to burn fossil fuels for energy we can suffer major consequences in the next 30 years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century, but we are feeling the effects now. 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, the hottest year ever recorded before 2014? You guessed it. 2013. Before 2013? Indeed, 2012. This pattern has been consistent since 2011. We will all be dead a century from now but that’s not the point. We want to save the lives of the generations to come.
The effects of Global Warming could be catastrophic for example:
Northeast: Heat waves, heavy downpours, and sea level rise pose growing challenges to many aspects of life in the Northeast. Infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and ecosystems will be increasingly compromised. Many states and cities are beginning to incorporate climate change into their planning. (via NASA)
Northwest: Changes in the timing of streamflow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure, and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off. (via NASA)
Southeast: Sea level rise poses widespread and continuing threats to the region’s economy and environment. Extreme heat will affect health, energy, agriculture, and more. Decreased water availability will have economic and environmental impacts. (via NASA)
Midwest: Extreme heat, heavy downpours, and flooding will affect infrastructure, health, agriculture, forestry, transportation, air and water quality, and more. Climate change will also exacerbate a range of risks to the Great Lakes. (via NASA)
Southwest: Increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns. (via NASA)
What can we do to make our world more energy efficient? We have made some steps recently to help our planet with the addition of eco-friendly vehicles (hybrids) wind turbines, etc. But we can do more, much more.
Recently, Elon Musk CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity, introduced something that I believe may be the key to a healthy planet, TESLA ENERGY