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Climate change is a complex and multi-layered issue, so here are some simple explanations to help you understand whats going on.

13th Dec 2021 Planet Leasing

The climate crisis tops headlines and touches hearts across the globe. From the youthful passion of Greta Thunberg to Sir David Attenboroughs evocative documentary, A Life on Our Planet, the conversation about our world what we have done and what we need to do is being transformed.

To accommodate this change, we are all faced with learning a new language. Phrases like global warming and greenhouse gas are already in use. But there are some critical solution-based terms like net zero and zero-carbon energy which are also essential to understand.

The following information will help you to get familiar with the critical terminology surrounding climate change. What do these terms mean, you may ask? Find out more below

The Unrelenting Rise of Carbon Emissions

 

What is Carbon Dioxide?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colourless, odourless gas emitted by burning carbon-rich materials like coal and oil. Its also emitted through processes like fermentation and breathing. Plants, including peatlands and forests, help to sequester or absorb CO2 from the atmosphere which is why we include tree planting with our EV leasing service!

 

How Did Carbon Dioxide Levels Get so High?

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere with a ferocity that the Earths natural purifying systems cant cope with. The energy used to power our transport, agriculture, industry and waste practices is supplied by the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil, which are some of the top emitters of CO2. When you add this to the rapid rate of deforestation, you can see why Earths natural purifying systems are struggling!

 

Why Is Carbon Dioxide a Problem?

The problem with these extra emissions is that CO2 traps heat, keeping radiant energy locked in the lower atmosphere and increasing the Earths temperature. On average, the Earths temperature is about 15C. It does fluctuate, but scientists tell us that the temperature is rising faster than ever due to our unchecked emission of CO2 and other Greenhouse Gases. You can find out what were doing to stop the rise of carbon emissions and keep the planet from warming here!

 

What Are Greenhouse Gases?

People usually focus on carbon dioxide, but there are several types of greenhouse gases that come from human activity. Heres a brief overview of each, and you can find more detailed information on them in the reference website below.

  • Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. Its also emitted from livestock and other agricultural practices.
  • Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. Its also emitted from livestock and other agricultural practices.
  • Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. Its also emitted from livestock and other agricultural practices.
  • Methane (CH4) is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. Its also emitted from livestock and other agricultural practices.

 


 

References

  1. Information on Greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Information on Greenhouse gas emissions
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