There is so much talk about carbon emissions in today’s world, in relation to climate control and global warming. There are many ways to decrease these emissions in our daily lives. There are both natural and human sources of carbon emissions, natural sources include; decompositions, ocean releases and respiration. Human sources come from activities like cement production, deforestation as well as the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.
Carbon emissions contribute to climate change, which can have serious consequences for humans and their environment. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, emissions in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2), make up more than 80 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted in the Unites States.
The US Environmental Protection Agency attributed recent decreases to a reduction in emissions from fossil fuel combustion, which was a result of multiple factors including switching from coal to natural gas consumption in the electric power sector; warmer winter conditions that reduced demand for heating fuel in the residential and commercial sectors; and a slight decrease in electricity demand
Carbon affects the climate according the the theory, carbon dioxide controls temperature because the CO2 molecules in the air absorb infrared radiation. The CO2 and other gases in the atmosphere are virtually transparent to the visible radiation that delivers the sun’s energy to the earth. Rising CO2 concentrations are already casing the planet to heat up, Greenhouse warming doesn’t happen right away because the ocean soaks up heat. This means that Earth’s temperature will increase at least another 0.6 degrees Celsius (1 degree Fahrenheit) because of CO2 already in the atmosphere.
Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- Water Usage
- Reuse and Recycle
- Clean Energy Sources
- Insulate Your Home Properly
- Energy Star Appliances
- Adjust Lighting
- Moderate Thermostat
- Add Solar Panels
- Fly Less
- Walk More – Drive Less
- When Driving – Don’t Speed!
- Avoid Traffic
- Eat Locally Produced and Organic Food
- Cut Out Beef and Dairy (Food produces about 8 tons of emissions per household, or about 17% of the total. Worldwide, new reports suggest that livestock agriculture produces around a half of all man-made emissions.)