The world is in dire need of a major change in order to help our planet. With carbon dioxide emissions hitting an all-time high as of recent, there is no better time to start making any change possible. From switching to more renewable energy, recycling, composting, decreasing shower time, and reducing your plastic use, to name a few, there are countless things that we can do in order to help our pick itself back up.
All this is very much necessary, especially in a time like today, since releases due to fossil fuel use have risen 2.7 percent in 2018. According to Science News, global carbon-dioxide emissions are expected to hit a record high, despite urgent calls for countries worldwide to cut back. Climate scientists across the globe have been making efforts in order to get countries to eliminate their carbon footprint, not by its entirety, but by a fraction of what they create now.
Worldwide, fossil-fuel use has pumped 2.7 percent more carbon dioxide into the air than in 2017, which is an alarming increase in as little as 365 days. Emissions first began to increase at a staggering rate between 2014 to 2016, and have now reached an all-time high, if that is not a wake-up call, then we don’t know what is. It goes without saying that these form of emissions fuel global warming and climate change, which have already wreaked havoc on our planet far too many times that it should have.
In this case, our Earth’s temperature is also increasing at an unfavorable rate, causing our planet to get hotter and hotter. This is due to the massive amount of carbon dioxide emissions, which when get trapped, increase the Earths temperature at alarming rates. In addition, the total carbon dioxide emissions in the United States alone has increased by 2.5 percent since 2017, even though the country has been working towards renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, which do not emit any greenhouse gases.
Countries within Asia, such as India, are expected to see the biggest jump in carbon dioxide releases this year, after already having spewed 6.3 percent more than they did last year. There is no time like now to really do what you can to help the planet in any which way possible. Doing your part is a step in the right direction, which can hopefully reverse some of the terrible consequences our planet has endured.