Everyday life has had an effect on the ocean, from the energy needed for your cup of tea to the journey you make to work. A driver will emit an average of 411 grammes of CO2 per mile, this number can vary based on two factors: the fuel economy of the vehicle and the amount of carbon in the vehicle’s fuel. To produce our energy fossil fuels are burnt to create electricity and the burning of the fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases, which is mostly taken up by the ocean. However, there are both tiny and large solutions we can implement which can help reduce ocean warming.
The only way to stop and reduce water temperature increase is to drastically reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, gases we’ve already release will take decades to reduce but this is why it is of most importance to make a change now. Here are some ways to help reduce our greenhouse emissions.
Our main solution is to change our energy sources from non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels, nuclear and biomass to renewable sources such as the wind, solar and hydroelectric. This will cut greenhouse gas production down drastically. However, there are disadvantages of this. For example, for energy sources such as wind and solar, the amount of energy collected is based on the weather on a cloudy windless day, the energy demand may not be meant. As well as this, to build a hydroelectric dam will cost millions. But you can install solar panels to your homes to help meet demands and can even sell the energy you don’t use to the national grid. An easy way to make money and save our oceans.
The smaller solutions to cut our greenhouse gas production are to firstly be more efficient at reducing our energy consumptions, to do this it is as easy as turning off a few plugs which are not in use and to not leave appliances turned on. Another small solution you can do is to simply reuse, recycle and reduce our waste. The final smaller solution is to simply cycle, walk or take public transport to work. Which will reduce greenhouse emissions and improve traffic.
For a look at recent agreements made by the EU, have a look at https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris_en
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