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Wed October 2, 2013

How to Address Climate Change In Light of New Reports

More conclusive findings from the IPCC, what can be done at this point?
More conclusive findings from the IPCC, what can be done at this point?
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According to a more report conclusive from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and internationally renowned climatologist, Dr. Raymond Bradley, global temperatures have risen rapidly in the last 100 years, especially in the last 50 years. Experiments have also proven that greenhouse gases do create more heat in the atmosphere.

In addition to raising temperatures, greenhouse gases change precipitation patterns, meaning some areas that usually have heavy rainfall experience dry spells, and other areas get extremely heavy rainfall. Bradley says these effects will continue to occur more often if greenhouse gases continue to fill the atmosphere.

He says the solution for these problems would be a combined effort by policy makers, scientists, engineers, and consumers. One issue Bradley finds with power plants and transportation is the incredible amount of wasted energy. Bradley notes that cars from the 1990s are driven today, yet they don’t get nearly as many miles per gallon as new vehicles.

“Who would use a 22 year old computer?” says Bradley.

This drives home the point that transportation needs to become more efficient to help solve the problem of climate change.