Challenge & Solution
The climate change challenge
Without an atmosphere in balance we won’t exist. Simple.
Our part of the solution
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Climate change facts
Primary cause of climate change
The primary cause of climate change is an increase in greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.
Energy from the sun, in a wide spectrum of frequencies, hits the earth’s atmosphere. Some of it reflects out into space. The rest warms up the earth causing it to reflect heat (as infrared radiation) back towards space. An excess of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, water vapour, ozone, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons), blocks this radiation from reaching space resulting in a temperature rise of the atmosphere.
Mankind, through the burning of fossil fuels, clearing of land for agriculture, industry and normal day to day activity has disturbed earth’s natural state and ability to maintain a balance in our planet’s atmosphere. As a result, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas, has increased to its highest level in human history. This means more heat is trapped by the greenhouse gases, an outcome known as the greenhouse effect. The rise in greenhouse gases relates in many ways to how heavy our lifestyles are on the planet.
By increasing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, sea temperatures also rise as the ocean absorbs the additional heat from these gases. This in turn affects our planet’s weather patterns and climate and is causing a rise in sea levels. The rise in sea levels is caused by thermal expansion as well as melting ice caps and glaciers resulting in a spiral of negative climate impacts.
Some sobering climate change facts
Life as we know it will, in many ways, become unsustainable if the global average temperature rises above 2 degrees Celsius. There are several climate risks associated with temperature rises.
Global temperature is already 0.98º C above pre-industrial age.
How important is our atmosphere?
There are a number of categories that currently represent the key risks to our environment. Whilst the mitigation of each of these environmental risks are crucial to our continued existence, the earth’s atmosphere poses the most critical risk by far and outweighs all other considerations.
The world currently has average per capita carbon footprint of around 5 metric tonnes of carbon per person per annum. The challenge for the world is not only to drastically reduce the carbon footprints and emissions of developed nations that are far above the world average, it’s also about long term sustainability and achieving overall carbon neutrality.