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By Alex Kirby

Warming of the weather process is past argument, as proven via observations of raises in ordinary air and ocean temperatures, the frequent melting of snow and ice, and emerging international sea degrees. yet because the messages from scientists turn into more and more specific, the space among the necessity for motion they venture and the weather coverage the area leaders installed position is still. the aim of this advisor is to extend public knowing concerning the urgency of motion to strive against weather swap and its affects.

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The six whose emissions are limited by the Kyoto Protocol are: Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N20), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorocarbons). GtCO2 Gigatonnes (metric) of carbon dioxide. GWP Global Warming Potential: The combined effect of the length of time GHGs remain in the atmosphere and their effectiveness in trapping heat while they are there. IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. ppm Parts per million (as a measure of GHGs in the atmosphere).

Clothesline Commuting Imported by boat from New Zealand vs. by lorry from Bavaria 90 vs. 60°C Lunch Laundry drying Car vs. underground On vs. without watersaving shower head C02 emitted by a “climateconscious” consumer Regular vs. energy-saving bulbs 4 Apple snack Imported by plane from South Africa vs. by lorry from Italy 5 4 Note: calculation is based on an average household, where one kilowatt per hour accounts for 530 grams of CO2. This value can be improved by using renewable energy sources for electricity production.

Boiling water Standby vs. really Off Class A++ labelling Standby vs. really Off Electric stove vs. kettle Adaptation options A wide range of options on how to adapt to a changing climate is available, but more adaptation than is happening now is needed to reduce vulnerability. Humans, other species, physical features and natural processes are all potentially vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate, though to widely differing degrees. Vulnerability can be intensified by other stresses, for example poverty, hunger, trends in globalization, conflict, and diseases like HIV/Aids.

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