Reducing our demand for fuel through more efficient vehicles and lifestyle changes would help in reducing CO2 emissions. Although global warming may be impossible to reverse, perhaps we can slow down the pace by lowering our impact. Perhaps we can find a good way to store Carbon emissions, instead of letting them escape into the atmosphere, so that we can utilize the carbon for energy. That’s true sustainability right there.
I totally agree with the above answer but I think it’s important to remember that the carbon already in the atmosphere will not instantly disappear. An article from discovery claims that carbon levels will take 10,000 years to lower to what they should be.
Reducing CO2 emissions does help lower the human contribution to global warming, but global warming is a process that has occurred before and will occur again. What is new and different is the time frame that it has occurred since the industrial revolution. It is important to know that even if we cannot change the course of global weather patterns in a short or even long period of time, there are other important reasons to live in a more sustainable manner.
Irresponsible agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels for energy and transportation are two large reasons we have so much carbon and methane in the atmosphere. The more these greenhouse gases are emitted, the more they will hold more heat in our atmosphere. This warming of the atmosphere sets of what is referred to as a “positive feedback loop.” For instance, the arctic soil contains more carbon than the entire atmosphere. This carbon is currently contained under ice sheets. As the heat from greenhouse gases melts this ice, it will cause the release of all of this carbon into the atmosphere. Once this happens, the “positive feedback loop” takes place and the cycle will become unmanageable and out of control.
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