Fascinating Fact for a Friday (4/21/17)

Did you know….?

The Sun gives more energy to the Earth in one day than the Earth can use in an entire year! I’d say solar power sounds like a pretty darn good idea right now, don’t you?

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Ignore About Climate Change

This was originally going to be a top 10 list of the things the government was ignoring about climate change, but I figured that this would speak to more people.

10: That It’s Affecting More Than Just Us Humans

Not just humans are being affected by climate change. Everything from animals to the flowers in your garden. Warm weather is causing longer breeding times, especially for animals like ticks and mosquitos, and every 1º of temperature that we increase, bud burst happens 5 days earlier.

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The P&C of CP (or the Pros&Cons of Carbon Pricing)

Hello all! I’m back again with a new Climate Change related item. It’s called Carbon Pricing (and isn’t actually capitalized. That was more for effect).

Carbon pricing is this really cool thing that actually seems to be a legitimate and feasible way to cut back on the carbon emissions of our world. It’s pretty much just taxing emissions, which maybe sounds kind of scary (especially if you are the ones paying for taxes, which I’m not), but when you break it down, it isn’t that bad.

What would happen is this: Carbon emissions would have a tax, so it would become more expensive. People go for what is cheapest, right? And right now, that’s coal and fossil fuels. But what if renewables became more practical? Ideally, people would want them more than carbon, and would switch over. Not only that, but taxes on carbon could reduce taxes in other areas, making it so that you wouldn’t even end up paying more, and switching to renewables would get you paying less.

The big question with carbon pricing right now is “What would it do to the economy?” But! We have living proof that you can tax carbon and still thrive. That proof comes from all the way in Vancouver, Canada (also where they film Arrowverse shows, by the way, which makes it all the cooler). They tax carbon, and are still perfectly fine. Not only that, but renewables have become much more popular, proving my point above, and their carbon emissions have gone down.

If you’d like to learn more, look here

Our Oceans are Dying

The name might sound a little bit, you know, dire and morbid, but, really, it’s a perfect fit. The ocean’s situation is dire, and what’s going to happen if we don’t fix it is pretty darn morbid.

I was watching Years of Living Dangerously (or YOLD, as we like to call it) last night with my family, and the entire episode was about coral reefs. I’m not sure how much you folks know about coral bleaching (learn more here), but it’s basically the corals losing the bacteria that gives them energy, causing them to turn white and brittle, to grow slower, and to be more susceptible to storms.

Coral bleaching is caused by global warming and ocean acidification. The increasing temperatures and acidity from our CO2 emissions are going to destroy a huge foundation for marine life. Fish, turtles, sharks, and other much-needed sea creatures all depend on coral reefs to survive.

It’s not just that. Without the reefs, animals that survive in them are going to slowly fade away. That, paired with the mass demand for seafood in some places… a lot of species are going to become extinct, or at least become very rare.

But! We can still help. We may not see the effects of our cutting carbon in our lifetime, but in about 10,000 years, things might go back to the way they used to be, with healthy reefs, and a thriving ocean habitat.

To learn more about what is being done to help, go here.

Let’s start with the big question:

Why am I writing this blog? I could do about a million other things with my time. But, no, I made this blog. So why? Am I crazy? Is it a school assignment? Do I have too much time on my hands?

All of the above. No, I’m kidding. Here’s the real reason:

As soon as we started our homeschool unit on Climate Change, I knew. I knew this is what I wanted to do. (Ok, so maybe that’s not entirely true. It actually took me a few weeks to attack this subject for everything it’s worth.)

Timing aside, I love climate science, and I hate the idea of what climate change is doing to our world. What we are doing to our world.

After a few bounced around ideas at the dinner table, our family came up with this: I would start a blog, to educate the people around me about climate change, and to maybe, just maybe, get them to do something, too.

Thanks,

Manu