The Rise of Carbon Emissions
The greenhouse effect is the process that keeps our planet warm. This happens when greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere and trap heat from sunlight. Under normal circumstances, this is a beneficial process that makes our planet habitable. Unfortunately, the greenhouse effect has increased dramatically due to human activity.
Gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and water vapour trap the sun’s heat. The unrestrained emissions of these gases lead to a significant increase in global temperatures. This is global warming.
Carbon emissions are one type of greenhouse gas emission that happens when carbon dioxide enters the air after a human activity or process. The main sources of these emissions are transportation, electricity production, industry, commercial and residential, agriculture, land use and forestry. The most important way that carbon dioxide emissions affect the planet is by causing climate change. As the average global temperature warms, our climate inherently changes. This warming causes extreme weather events like tropical storms, wildfires, severe droughts and heatwaves.
Humans and nature
Both humans and nature, act simultaneously and increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Natural carbon emission happens due to decomposition as well as biological processes in the ocean. Human carbon emission happens because of production, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels.
China is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide gas in the world, with 10.06 billion metric tons in 2018. The primary source of emissions is fossil fuels.
The U.S. is the second-largest emitter of CO2, with approximately 5.41 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. The largest sources of emissions came from transportation, industry, and power generation.
India is the third-largest emitter of CO2 in the world, with 2.65 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2018.
Russia is the fourth-largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the world, with 1.71 billion metric tons in 2018. Russia has one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world.
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by human actions. The average carbon footprint for each person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world when the average is closer to 4 tons.
When you drive your car, buy clothes and prepare your dinner, actually, you contribute to the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Many countries, institutions and companies have agreed to reduce their emissions and be carbon-neutral by 2050.
Small daily changes can make a big long-term difference. Here are some tips:
- Consume local and seasonal products
- Limit meat consumption
- Bring reusable shopping bags and avoid plastic items
- Avoid as much waste as possible
- Adopt the practices of swapping, borrowing, renting, and buying second-hand items
- Buy responsibly with an eco-label
You can find more tips here.
You can find a calculator for your carbon footprint here.
Also, there are multiple ways to contribute to this global effort for a cleaner, greener and better future.
- Choose a low-carbon vehicle when you travel
- Eat organic food
- Use water and home appliances, properly
- Re-use and recycle
- Choose renewable sources instead of other energy sources
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