Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. In March 2015, a United Nations report found that global warming was happening faster than expected and that it would be difficult to reverse its effects. This report highlighted how urgent the situation was and underscored the need for effective solutions to mitigate climate change. Since then, there have been many new findings about climate change and potential solutions to address it.
A major issue with climate change is rising temperatures across the globe. One way to combat this is through geoengineering techniques such as increasing cloud reflectivity or injecting particles into the upper atmosphere to reduce incoming sunlight. These techniques could help reduce global temperature increases by several degrees Celsius, but they are controversial due to uncertainties around their long-term impacts on ecosystems and human health.
In addition, carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced in order to limit global warming caused by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. To do this, countries must shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power. Not only do these methods produce fewer pollutants than traditional energy sources, but recent studies have also shown that they can provide reliable electricity at lower costs than previously thought possible (Energy Innovation 2020). Additionally, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular owing mainly to advances in battery technology which has made them more affordable and efficient (Los Angeles Times 2020).
Discuss some environmental problem, solution, or new findings from March 2015 to current.
Another important factor in mitigating climate change is reducing deforestation rates worldwide due to its role in both releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere while also destroying vast amounts of natural habitats for animals species which are essential for maintaining biodiversity levels (Environmental Protection Agency 2015). Solutions include planting trees on degraded land; restoring areas damaged by logging or fires; protecting existing forests through better regulation; engaging local communities in conservation efforts; or using “carbon capture” technology which removes carbon dioxide directly from industrial smokestacks before it enters the atmosphere (National Geographic 2019).
Finally, individuals can take action by making informed decisions about their lifestyles such as eating plant-based diets instead of relying heavily on animal products as well as choosing green transportation options over gasoline cars when possible (USFWS 2018 ). Although individual actions may seem small compared with what governments or corporations can do collectively make an impact when taken together with others who are committed to making a difference for our planet’s future .