Greenhouse gases were in the news again this week, as atmospheric CO2 has exceeded 415 ppm for the first time in human history. According to Sciencealert.com, the cause is simple: the accelerated rate at which fossil fuels are being burned.
What does this mean for the planet?
Increased carbon pollution traps heat in the Earth's atmosphere, which causes global temperatures to rise, resulting in extreme weather conditions, ozone depletion, increased stress on food producing systems and overall hazards to human health.
What does this mean for Colorado?
A warmer, dryer mountain climate will be disastrous for the health and wellness of Colorado citizens, and temperatures have increased by 2 degrees in the last 30 years. As 70% of Colorado's water comes from snow pack, increased temperatures will lead to drought, wildfires and reduced biodiversity, not to mention less skiing and rafting days per year. With an increasing population and decreasing resources, Colorado's public health, economy and wildlife are at extreme risk to the effects of climate change.
What can be done to fight climate change?
An enormous way to reduce your carbon footprint is to adopt solar energy for your electricity needs. Solar panels convert the suns energy into electricity and do not release any harmful emissions. Whereas it is true that there are currently emissions associated with the production, transport and maintenance of solar panels, the amount is insignificant when compared to the emissions associated with coal and natural gas, and can be controlled as new technologies emerge in the future.
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