No matter where we are living in the world, we are impacting it, solely; because it is as a global village. Internet and door to door delivery have made things accessible to everyone, anywhere in the world. The cheap flights, desire to travel, and trade more are impacting our lives in such a manner that we have never thought before. Nevertheless, everything has its “gives and takes”……right! No time is better than now to see how our activities are impacting the earth and its atmosphere.
The greenhouse gases (GHGs) thought to be responsible for maintaining our earth's surface temperature to a suitable degree, which at present averages 15 °C (59 °F). Without these gases, the average amount of temperature at Earth's surface would be −18°C, which would be totally inhabitable. The gist of my explanation is that the balance of everything is important, as we are producing more greenhouse gases, the balance which mother earth was able to keep earlier, she can’t do it anymore. Since 1775, with the birth of the industrial revolution, we started to affect the environment more severely than before. The rapid increase in the world’s population, usage of more land for farming, bad agricultural practices and soil erosion, deforestation for greed or for more settlers, too much consumption, and need for food, clothes, etc. has led to more carbon emissions eventually.
Many countries in the developed world have started seeing the effects of using coal in the 1920s and they started to keep their cities cleaner by then. The problem of carbon emission was still there because it was not entirely dealt with because they moved the factories outside the cities. Japan has cleaned its city smog produced by industrialization by the 1970s. China is also trying to snub her air pollution, the programmed they adapted in the 1990s, but still a long road ahead. This year Delhi smog was so thick in the winter months, that the government has closed the schools for many days. Numerous countries in the developed world have taken different measures to reduce carbon emission, but it is still not enough. The developing world tries to tackle the carbon emission problems too, but due to lack of will, corruption, and egoistic views in politics and blaming everything on the poor and poverty, or worse; on the rest of the world, and poor infrastructure are some of the things which are keeping the problem at bay.
Due to rapid economic growth, we started emitting 40% more carbon into the air. If things are not taken seriously by our governments and us, the emission level by 2047 will increase the earth’s surface temperature by 2 °C, which indeed is not good news…guys Next time I am going to write about……what we can do in our daily lives to reduce emissions! I will appreciate your comments on this.