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Why is everyone worked up about Climate Change?
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At the core of it, what is Climate Change?
It’s ok not to know exactly what climate change means even though it’s a term that’s bandied about ALL the time and evolved from that equally confusing term “The Greenhouse Effect”. Essentially changes to climate have been observed across air and ocean temperatures, sea levels rising, long-term sustained widespread reduction of snow and ice cover, and changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation and regional weather patterns, which influence seasonal rainfall conditions.1
Why do people care about it?
There are generally two camps in the Climate Change Debate
those that fundamentally believe it is a scientifically proven phenomenon, whereby human-impact has created significant and often irreversible changes to the planet’s ecosystem; and
those that do not believe or doubt scientific evidence that environmental changes to the planet are connected to man-made impacts.
Then there is every opinion and belief in-between.
Key to the Finkel Report was a recommendation for a clean energy target, whereby, it founded that electricity in Australia should be sourced from fuels that produced no greater than 700 kilograms of carbon per megawatt - driving greater focus on a balanced system which targeted carbon abatement via renewables such as solar, wind and thermal energy but also allowed for inclusion of “clean coal” and gas.
Avoidance is better than recovery...
Whilst technologies and solutions do exist to turn single-use soft plastics into a valuable secondary material, the focus is more about avoiding the creation and use of these pesky plastics in the first place.
What’s being done about it?
Alot, but there remains so much to do. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, for example, is made up of nearly 30 companies worldwide that have committed more than $1 Billion, with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next 5 years to help end plastic waste in the environment.
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