Things you may not know that contribute to climate change

Climate change contributors you may not be aware of

Did you realize that the energy your devices consume generates carbon dioxide emissions from a simple Internet search? It’s just one of the lesser-known examples of how climate change affects people.

The use of fossil fuels has contributed significantly to the destruction of our ecosystem in recent decades. Global warming, climate change, extinction of wild species, ozone layer depletion, and rising air pollution are just a few of the issues that our dear world is facing. However, there are a number of activities or causes that contribute to the worsening of climate change that you may be ignorant of. Let’s have a look at a few of them:

The use of computer

Is it true that using a computer, surfing the Internet, searching on Google, and other similar activities contribute to climate change? Yes, all of the electrical and electronic gadgets we use on a daily basis emit a small amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What is the explanation for this? All of our devices (computers, wi-fi, etc.) require energy to function.

It all makes sense when you consider that there are over 4.6 billion internet users globally. So, while it is obvious that we should not stop using computers for work or for recreational purposes such as online video games, we should be aware that their use is not harmless and that we should turn them off whenever we are not using them (this also includes the refrigerator; many people entertain themselves by looking at what is inside it in case they feel like something to eat or drink when they see it, but they may not know that if you keep the refrigerator door open for a minute, the motor of the appliance will remain operational for more than half an hour). Unused devices, such as a router, have a significant carbon footprint at night.

In general, it is advisable to turn off any electrical appliances that are not in use, upgrade our monitor to an LCD, which consumes approximately 56 percent less energy than a traditional monitor (again, we should turn off the monitor when we are not in front of the computer), or even use fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs if we still have any, as led bulbs only consume 25% of the energy c Similarly, avoid using artificial lighting during the day if at all possible: the sun gives light from dawn to sunset. Standby appliances might account for up to 10% of the total bill.

As a result, we urge that you conserve energy while also saving money. Other steps to consider at home include washing clothes in cold water, air-drying wherever possible, and replacing gas stoves with electric stoves.

Rice farming is a popular pastime.

Climate change is influenced by the production of this internationally used staple. Rice, in essence, necessitates massive amounts of water to keep rice fields moist (they must be flooded), which leads to the spread of microbes that produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is more potent than CO2 or carbon dioxide. Agriculture, particularly rice growing, has a negative impact on the environment.

Climate change, in turn, has an impact on food availability because, while rising carbon dioxide levels theoretically might improve agricultural yields such as wheat, soybeans, and rice, unexpected and more extreme weather events linked to climate change are wreaking havoc on our harvests.

Shopping clothes

Airplanes, factories, and coal-fired power plants aren’t the only sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Our environmental footprint extends to a wide range of common commodities, including the fashion sector in this example. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, this sector is responsible for around 10% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

The majority of these pollutants are caused by their long supply and manufacturing chains, particularly in the dyeing and finishing process. As a result, buying garments you don’t need or making regular purchases by default will help to exacerbate the effects of climate change.

consuming cheese

According to a climate change food calculator developed by Oxford University researchers and published in the journal Science, eating one serving (30 grams) of cheese three to five times a week for a year produces about 201 kg of greenhouse gas emissions. After beef and lamb, cheese is the third largest source of carbon emissions in the meat and dairy industries.

Due to the ripening process, approximately 10 liters of milk are required to produce one kilogram of cheese. This is especially true for older cheeses; soft cheeses like feta, provolone, and brie contain less milk and hence have a lower environmental impact.

Article Author Gerluxe  Image: Time Magazine