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Earth Day Follow-Up: One Day a Year Isn’t Enough to Care About the Earth
By Charlotte D. '19
You’ve probably heard of greenhouse gases, defined as “the gaseous components of the atmosphere that absorb solar energy reflected from the earth's surface as infrared radiation”(De Klein, C., et. al., 2008). Greenhouse gas emissions cause the temperature of the atmosphere to increase, contributing to global warming.
Despite ongoing efforts to combat global warming, such as the Paris Climate Accord, the rate of greenhouse gas emissions rose by 1.4% globally last year, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2017 Global Energy and Status Report released in March of 2018.
While countries including the United States, Mexico, Britain, and Japan decreased their gas emissions due to renewable energy sources, they were overshadowed by the large increase in emissions in Asia by China, India, and Indonesia.
Despite the growing economy of renewable energy, fossil fuels are supplying the majority of the global energy demand, up to 81%.
In addition, both coal and oil use rose in the last year by just over 1%, even though in India, the coal industry is growing at a slower pace than in the past, and in China, there is a great increase in electric cars due to aggressive law enforcement by the government.
While curbing the emission of greenhouse gases seems daunting, it is the only way to save our warming planet. You can calculate your carbon footprint by clicking here, and see how you can save energy everyday!