3 of the Most Widespread Myths About Climate Change

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It’s time that each person starts viewing climate change as a climate crisis. But how can people be aware of how to act when there is still so much confusion around what climate change truly is and how it affects the Earth?

Let’s clear up three of the most common, widespread and dangerous myths about climate change.

Climate change has always been a reality

It’s absolutely undeniable that over the course of Earth’s history, the climate has significantly changed. However, the natural cycles of warming and cooling are not the factors responsible for the alarmingly swift warming we see today.

Normally, the changes in temperature would happen gradually throughout thousands of years. But now those changes are happening over a few decades. The fact is that global temperatures have reached their highest since scientists began keeping records. Out of the 18 warmest years in Earth’s recorded history, 17 were since 2001.

This unprecedent warming phenomenon cannot be due to the Earth’s natural temperature cycles. Rather, its main consequence is the excessive carbon dioxide found in the atmosphere from the point the industrial revolution took over the world. The levels have only been increasing.

Yes, climate change has been a reality for the entirety of Earth’s existence. But man-name climate change is what we are seeing in this day and age. And that is the deeply dangerous type of change.

It is mostly caused by the burning of coal, gas and oil to generate energy, and the growing of produce in detriment of the trees.

Global warming isn’t real as there are still events of extreme cold

Global warming can be summarized as the increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Nowadays, heatwaves and droughts are much more frequent and destructive.

This warming is triggering various types of changes in our planet’s natural cycles, one of them being extreme weather phenomena. To cite an example, storms and hurricanes are increasingly becoming more severe, moving slower and taking longer to weaken and disappear.

Renewable energy is a scheme

Many people believe that renewable energy is unreasonably expensive and that it’s merely a money-making scheme. That is simply not the case. The most economically efficient ways of producing energy are through solar power and wind. Those sources are much cheaper than resorting to gas, fossil or nuclear fuels.

Additionally, the cost of renewable energy solutions has decreased impressively, faster and more meaningfully than what most expected. Still, an unsettling number of governments continue to be unwavering in their decision to back up dirty and expensive fuels.

In conclusion, a climate crisis is destroying the planet Earth as you read this. It’s very real and its consequences are destructive in a way that has never seen before. It’s time to stop denying it just as a mechanism to cope with the justified concerns, or as an excuse to change nothing.

3 Simple but Powerful Actions to Help Combat Climate Change

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Read our quick guide and find out that actively combating climate change is not as hard as you think. Even when it is, the results are more than worth it.

Reduce emissions

Whenever possible, use your bike, public transportation or the train for your daily commutes, instead of your car.

When you’re driving a car, the emissions of carbon dioxide increase significantly for each

kilometer you add to your speed per hour. Also, for each liter of fuel a car consumes, more than two kilograms of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere.

To travel long-distance, you should avoid opting for the plane, when possible. Planes also emit an enormous amount of carbon dioxide.

Adopt a low-carbon diet

The dietary options you make also contribute to fight or enhance climate change. A low-carbon diet is a smart consumption choice that helps the planet.

Eat meat less often and increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. The industries that work with livestock are some of the biggest polluters of the atmosphere.

Eat local and seasonal food. Reducing imports of food contributes to less emissions of gases. And opting for seasonal produce avoids the proliferation of alternative unsustainable methods of production.

Not to mention you should also keep your purchases of processed foods and products with excessive packaging to a minimum.

Be active in the protection of forests

Avoid anything that has the potential to act as a fire hazard. When buying wood, make sure you look for any of seal or certification that confirms its sustainable origin.

And have the initiative. Plant as many trees as you can in as many different places. Just one tree can absorb a ton of carbon dioxide throughout its life.

Don’t wait another day to start putting our three suggestions into practice!

The Quick and Basic Guide to Start Understanding Climate Change

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As it is now turning into a full-on crisis, it is unfortunate that many people still don’t understand the most basic aspects about climate change. Don’t be one of them. Let this quick guide be your starting point to take action.

What is happening now because of climate change?

Each year, the average surface temperature of the Earth is increasing and setting new alarming records. The ice sheets don’t stop declining and the glaciers keep on retreating. The oceans register higher acidity levels than ever.

On a global scale, the sea levels are rising at an unsettlingly fast pace. In the last century alone, the sea rose 17 centimeters. It shows no signs of stopping. The main problem, though, is that we could go on for days.

What caused climate change to happen?

Climate change has been a constant on the Earth for as long as it exists. But those changes used to follow natural cycles of warming and cooling. In this day and age, climate change is man-made, and it is deeply destructive.

Scientists agree that the root of the problem is found in the human activities that greatly contribute to the greenhouse effect. To put it simply, gases like methane and carbon dioxide inhabit the atmosphere, trap the heat in the planet and prevent it from escaping.

What will climate change cause next?

Extreme weather events, bringing intense heat or cold, will be more frequent, severe and damaging. The increasing number of heat waves and droughts will much likely devastate poor countries.

Hurricanes will also occur frequently. And by 2100, the sea levels will probably rise up to, at least, 122 centimeters. That disturbing prediction is the most optimistic.

How can you take action?

That is so much you can do. Start by planting trees, reducing your waste and your energy consumption to the maximum, stay informed and updated daily, vote for green political parties and encourage environmental efforts in your community.

You know what to do: get involved, work for the cause and spread the word!