Saturday, January 20, 2018

0.5 degree C doesn’t sound like much but with climate it is huge

You may have heard scientists argue about 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius global temperature change. But what are the implications of shooting past 1.5? There’s a wonderful table in this article that shows the difference. The impact on crop yields is especially concerning.

Then look at the chart with concentric circles. It shows how many years at current emissions we have to stay at those levels and at what probability. We have 6 years to have a 66% probability of staying within 1.5C.

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5 - Vox https://apple.news/A32SzyjRiR6OYXIjpj7XevQ

But all organizations and individuals can fix this NOW! TODAY! Solar panels, changing your diet, buying an electric car, all those things are great. But they might take a little time. But you can buy carbon offsets to eliminate your carbon impact today.

Calculate your carbon emissions from last year and donate to a certified carbon credit. I just did it for my household and it cost me $68. For the year. We have solar panels and one electric/hybrid car but we did go to Europe. It might cost your household a couple hundred dollars. Isn’t it worth it?

EPA carbon calculator for households: https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/

Choose your carbon offset project here: https://www.cooleffect.org/content/projects

Find other certified offset brokers: https://www.green-e.org/certified-resources/carbon-offsets

NRDC explanation of carbon offsets: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/should-you-buy-carbon-offsets

Now you have no excuses. Offset your emissions and then tell us what it cost and what project you supported. Let’s make this a social norm: did you get your flu shot, did you offset your climate impact?

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