Carbon footprint reduction

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Solar Power is a source of renewable energy being implemented across the globe. Credit@Pixabay

Over the years this planet may have seen its fair share of temperature fluctuations; whether heat increases or drops in temperature, the planet’s surface may have seen numerous changes in its weather patterns. Although such weather changes may occur, scientists may have identified a climate change, which appears to be more consistent than the average heat wave. Known as Global Warming, this term seems to be given to the global phenomenon which appears to have affected the planet’s temperature for years; specifically, the steady increase of the planet’s average global temperature.

Global Warming may be a gradual change as the last 100 years on Earth may have seen increases in global temperature. This may have resulted in average temperatures across the world increased by an average of 0.75°C (1.4°F); an incremental increase in global temperature which may be the result of something called “The Greenhouse Effect”. As the Sun naturally shines down upon the Earth, the land, ocean, and air seem to be heated. As part of the Earth’s natural cycle this heat may eventually be released into outer space; however, due to The Greenhouse Effect, much of this heat remains within our atmosphere. What prevents the heat completely dissipating into outer space as certain gasses in the atmosphere known as “Greenhouse Gasses”.

Polar regions may melt as a result of Global Warming Credit@Pixabay

Polar regions may melt as a result of Global Warming Credit@Pixabay

This seems to explain The Greenhouse effect, and Greenhouse Gasses, and how they may reduce gasses from being released into outer space, which, in turn, seem to result in the Earth becoming warmer over time. The Greenhouse Gasses, which may prevent heat release in the atmosphere, might occur from a number of sources, including gas emission, from cars and factories. This gradual heating of the planet may eventually result in arctic regions melting, sea levels rising and various unforeseen weather occurrences. These Greenhouse Gasses, which seem to be the primary cause of the Greenhouse Effect may include, Carbon Dioxide (CO₂), Methane (CH₄) and Nitrous Oxide (N₂O). These gasses may come from a range of sources as Carbon Dioxide seems to occur when burning fossil fuels, Methane may be emitted from various decay and agricultural sources, and Nitrous Oxide may result from various forms of industrial combustion. These various gasses seem to rise into the atmosphere, limiting the release of heat into outer space, which may contribute to the overall Global Warming effect.

Statistics on India's energy policies and changes Credit@Carbonbrief.org

Statistics on India’s energy policies and changes Credit@Carbonbrief.org

This global phenomenon may have brought attention to several countries and it seems 2017 may be the year where a push is made to combat the effects of Global Warming. Aims for the planet’s future may lie in a number of countries, including the recent investments made by India. It seems India may have made several changes, which set it on a course to renewable energy. Renewable energy sources are energy sources, which aim to minimise carbon emissions, a change which may contribute to a healthier planet over time. In India’s case, the country seems to have invested heavily in wind and solar power. These cleaner sources of energy may reduce the layer of Greenhouse Gasses in the atmosphere when compared to the traditional combustion of fossil fuels the planet may have been using as an energy source.

With countries like India make a push for renewable energy; it seems as awareness and understanding increase about Global Warming, countries may be interested to invest in cleaner forms of energy. India seems to have installed the planet’s fourth largest source of wind power and have the third largest capacity for solar power storage, an investment which may contribute to reductions in the Greenhouse Gasses. As India seems to take steps towards a cleaner planet, it seems awareness may be increasing and more countries may opt for cleaner energy sources.

How may investments in renewable energy reverse the effects of Global Warming?

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