Why The Weather Is Changing And What It Means

Today’s consumers are increasingly conscious of the direct effect their lifestyle, habits and the companies they depend on have on the earth. You know the more plastic you discard, the bigger you will see your landfills grow and if you are driving a gasoline fueled vehicle, your sky will get less blue. You may even know over 50% of global respondents are so concerned, they are willing to pay more for organic products and strive to give their business to companies committed to the environment. What you may not be aware of are some of the more far-reaching consequences that tossing our waste and burning our forests at both ends has on the changing condition of our weather.

The Bigger Picture Window Into Our World Situation

We hear about global warming all the time and its causes. But what about the long term effects? Our climate down the road, exactly? Humans are contributing to the earth’s greenhouse. Carbon Monoxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Chlorofluorocarbons are gases and synthetic compounds all created from our use of fossil fuel, land use, fertilization and other activities. We are creating a changing climate, literally.

What Does Global Warming Mean For The Future?

For one thing, your carbon footprint will need more sunscreen. Although there isn’t an exact statistic that can calculate the risk of weather averages getting higher, there is a substantial concern regarding extreme weather as indicated by a marked warming trend. In 2018, the globally-averaged temperatures of our land and oceans were the second highest in recorded history, indicating a probable escalation in precipitation worldwide. On the same trajectory is the strength of the world’s hurricanes, with increasing wind speeds upping the category of storms to 4 or 5 with no expectation of them slowing down.

What’s In The Works?

In 2015, climate change was addressed and globally acknowledged, resulting in a number of countries coming together in an effort to take better care of the planet. The Paris Agreement was made to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and a Climate Summit is slated for September 2019 to bring climate action to the top of the international agenda. The Summit, set by the Secretary-General will provide leaders and partners the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition, and will work to pinpoint areas that create the most emissions and where building resilience might make the greatest positive impact.

How you can help

So, can we really control the weather? The first step in changing the world is in understanding what is happening around us, then adjusting our behavior accordingly. You likely have a good basic knowledge of the ecological ramifications of your every day actions. New information is being learned all the time about what man is doing to the planet and what can be done to help ward off extreme and difficult climate changes and weather conditions. Keep bringing your cloth bags to the market, choose electric vehicles, buy energy saving appliances, watch the products and companies you use, and most importantly, keep up on the developments around the world that effect all of our sustainable life on earth. Your planet will thank you.

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