Climate Change

Episode 1, September 19, 2014

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Dr. Doug Inkley of the National Wildlife Federation released a study this week showing that extreme weather variation over this summer has enabled certain species of problematic insects, such as mosquitoes, deer ticks, and fire ants to survive in greater numbers. The greater levels of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere are also allowing poison ivy to grow stronger and more toxic. It’s a troublesome trend that can make your summer experience more painful and, potentially, more dangerous.

Global climate change is still a hot issue among Americans. Michael Graham Richard of Treehugger.com wrote recently that despite the “polar vortex” that was experienced by several areas of North America this summer, 2014 still stands to be the 3rd hottest year on record, globally. Richard states that the impact of these rising temperatures can be seen in the extreme drought that Californians are experiencing this summer, as well as the early emergence of Hurricane Arthur on the East Coast, and the ever-shrinking arctic ice shelf.

Despite all the evidence supporting these effects, some lawmakers are still lagging behind in their policy making. Thinkprogress.org recently reported a meeting between Florida Governor Rick Scott and some of the foremost scientific experts on climate change, in which its impacts and potential threats were explained in detail to the governor, in an attempt to enable him to make educated and well-informed political decisions. Unfortunately, the consensus was that the governor was not particularly interested in becoming climate literate. Many politicians believe that climate change is either based on faulty science, or not a pressing-enough issue for the government to take action on.

While this may be the attitude amongst certain government agencies, there is still a lot that you can do to help slow the effects of global climate change. We’l provide links to all of these resources on our website. The first step is writing your government representatives and imploring them to take the issue seriously. Opencongress.org allows you to look up the contact information for your senators and congressmen and women. Along with the link to their website, we have a sample letter you can use on our website.

The next step is to learn about practical ways to help conserve energy in your home. Our friends at WeHateToWaste.com have some great tips on how to do that, like using cold water in your washing machine instead of hot. Check out their website for more. Less energy usage means a lower demand for climate-altering energy generation practices. Also, you can calculate and track your household’s carbon footprint on the EPA’s website, to give yourself a good idea of what areas you can work on.

Thanks for joining us on the Go Green Report, helping you take small steps towards living green, and every small step makes a big difference. This episode was brought to you by Control-n-Roll, a household product that helps stop wasted paper with every pull.

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