Greenhouse gas emissions
The free 15 hour Open University course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and explores what you can do to lighten those emissions to help reduce the rate of climate change.
The course aims to help people:
The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have created CO2 modeller, a simple app that can model the effect of carbon emissions on climate change using a smart phone or tablet.
Kevin Anderson, of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Manchester, has shown that the carbon emissions budget for avoiding 2 °C warming is due to be used up by 2034.
Even if all actions nations are currently pledging to to take as part of the Paris Global Climate Agreement are fully implemented it will amount to only a third of that required to limit global warming to 2C by the end of century according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
This is a brilliant way of showing the effect of all sorts of things on the world temperature since the late 19th century - variat
A recent report* estimates that most of the known reserves of coal, oil and gas must remain in the ground.
The Government has published some facinating statistics for Winchester, which are shown on a map changing over time so they make sense even if you aren't a whizz at statistics.
We have UK, European and global targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the proportion of the energy we use that comes from renewable sources. WinACC has developed plans to show how we in Winchester District could do our fair share. This isn't a blue-print. If you don't like our suggestions about how to hit the targets, come and argue for something else - provided that it adds up to our fair share!
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a pledge to decrease the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels.
The size of the global human population is clearly an important driver of climate change both through our use of energy, which is principally generated by burning fossil fuels, and deforestation, driven for example by a trend away from staple foods to meat eating. However, gross domestic product (GDP) is also closely correlated with energy use and over the last 40 years increases in the scale
The type of transport we choose to use can have a major impact on climate change. Our quick reference table shows the average emissions resulting from different transport modes.
The size of the global human population is clearly an important driver of climate change both through our use of energy, which is principally generated by burning fossil fuels, and deforestation, driven by a trend away from staple foods. However, increases in the GDP of the world economy can be shown to have been an even bigger factor in the growth in greenhouse gas emissions than population growth. The growth in both GDP and global population need to be reined back.
Our transport affects climate change.
When we use fossil fuel, we release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the main causes of climate change.
This report on different methods of travel and the impact of each brings together data from several sources to produce an overview that includes the extra impact of jet planes on the atmosphere.
Bob Whitmarsh, chair of WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel, has published a report assessing the web-based carbon calculators for individuals to measure their carbon footprint. The report also looks at the different sites that enable groups of people to record, share and compare their energy use. February 2011
Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network Year One Report