Global warming is a progressive increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere caused by higher quantities of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants, which is often attributed to the greenhouse effect.
Because of industrial farming, tropical forests are rapidly vanishing across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, yet not all agriculture is created equal. Cattle ranching is one type of agriculture, but not all agriculture is the same. Animal agriculture is a major cause of deforestation around the world, and land consumption is predicted to increase much more to keep up with a growing population. You can help maintain essential biodiversity, avoid loss, and make agriculture much more sustainable by moving to a plant-based diet, which requires 75% less land.
Climate Change in Action
According to experts from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the hole in the ozone that grows every year over the South Pole is now larger than Antartica.
In the Southern Hemisphere’s spring, which runs from August to October, ozone depletes and develops a hole over the Antartic. According to Copernicus, it reaches its maximum size between mid-September and mid-October.
The hole has grown ‘considerably’ in the last week, and is already larger than 75% of prior years’ ozone holes at the same stage of the season since 1979, and it now dwarfs the continent it hovers over.
Wildfires have erupted in other regions of the world, including Turkey, Italy, the United States, Spain, France, Cyprus, Finland, Lebanon, Canada, and Greece. Severe flooding has occurred in Germany, China, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands. This might result in flash floods near rivers and cities. In northern Italy, hail the size of tennis balls has fallen, and it has even snowed in Brazil. Tornadoes have been spotted in Czechia. In Central Europe, tornadoes are quite infrequent. The second-largest river in South America is also drying up. Although the water level varies by region, the Paraná is currently 10.5 feet below its usual flow.Low water levels are hurting daily life all along the river.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP OR SLOW DOWN GLOBAL WARMING?
We cannot stop global warming overnight. There are ways you can help.
- Reduce car use. Use public transportation.
- Use Renewable Energy. Renewable energy aka clean energy, comes from natural sources that are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies includes wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, bioenergy and nuclear.
1.2 billion people live without access to energy, and a lack of access to electricity means missing out on many opportunities in life in education, career development and health.
However, renewable energy is the solution to make energy accessible for more and more people. Renewable energy technology is now significantly cheaper than diesel or kerosene-based systems, and cheaper than extending the electricity grid in areas with low populations and per capita energy demand.
- Make your diet climate-friendly. Don’t waste food. You could grow your own food.
A couple in Brazil planted 2 million trees over the course of 20 years to restore a forest.
Cows Trained to Use Toilets to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Analysts believe that cows can be potty trained to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists in Germany persuaded the animals to use a toilet that had been assigned to them throughout an experiment. Their urine was then collected and treated. Ammonia is produced by both urine and faeces, and it is an indirect greenhouse gas.
Although the ammonia in cow manure does not directly contribute to climate change, when it is washed away into the ground, it converts to nitrous oxide, the second most significant greenhouse gas after methane and carbon dioxide. Livestock production accounts for over half of all agricultural ammonia emissions. Cattle are responsible for roughly 10% of all human-related greenhouse gas emissions.
The animals were placed in the MooLoo enclosure and rewarded with food for peeing. They were then transported to a neighbouring pen, where they were rewarded for successfully urinating in it with a special treat. In just a few weeks, the research team was able to train 11 of the 16 calves in the trial. The researchers hope that their method of teaching cows to use the bathroom will be applicable to real-world farms and pastures.
Klimaticket: One ticket for all public transportation in Austria...
And how much did this spectacular journey set you back? It’s only $3.50 (or €3).
Austria’s new Klimaticket, or climate ticket, goes operational on October 26, 2021, fifteen years after it was initially proposed. It aims to boost the Alpine nation’s battle against climate change by providing seamless travel across all kinds of public transportation.
The $1,267 (€1,095) annual pass works out to about $24 (€21) each week or $3.50 per day. If all goes according to plan, it should inspire people to ditch their automobiles in favor of more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
By 2040, the Austrian government’s 2030 Mobility Master Plan intends to reduce private car use from 70% to 54% of total yearly kilometers traveled, while boosting public transportation’s share from 27% to 40% and tripling active travel (walking and cycling) from 3% to 6%.
According to the master plan, a passenger on an electric train uses just 55% of the energy consumed by a battery electric car for the same journey, implying that significant carbon emissions reductions can be achieved with only a modest percentage shift to more sustainable forms of transportation.
96 Million balls were thrown into the reservoir
During California’s greatest drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power discharged 96 million black balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in 2015 to save water and safeguard water quality. The balls, according to officials, will shade and cool the water. Evaporation will be reduced as well. Algae, bacterial development, and chemical reactions are less likely to occur. The balls were purchased for 36 cents each, totaling $34.5 million. Shade balls have been shown to reduce evaporation by as much as 85% to 90%. Shade balls are made of black polyethylene and filled with water to keep them from blowing away. This will save roughly 300 million gallons of water, according to estimates. This amount of water is sufficient to fill 100 to 1000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The reservoir has a stunning appearance.