Glaciers are melting. The sea is rising. The highest CO2 levels in 650,000 years. The outlook is bleak. Climate Change, the most worrying environmental threat of our time is starting to unfold. Predictions of fiercer droughts, more severe cyclones, and more frequent floods invade our media and perhaps our consciousness. The future will see polar icecaps melt due to the increasing temperatures. The warmer waters may cause the death of the Great Barrier Reef, placing thousands of species of plants and animals in danger, and many may become extinct.
Then there's the economic costs of climate change - loss of tourism, loss of jobs, loss of fish, farmers battling, food prices through the roof, astronomical costs from more frequent natural disasters, the list goes on.
It almost sounds like a mad max scenario, but the sad fact is, it's far from fiction. I'm Matt Hindmarsh from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and I believe that as the caretakers of this planet we must strive together to reduce our carbon emissions andÃ¢ÂÂ¦ save the planetBACKGROUND:We've all heard about Climate Change and you've now heard me list some of its disastrous effects, but what exactly causes it? And what can we do about it?In a nutshell, global warming, known as climate change, is the heating up of our world.
It is the result of huge amounts of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere, via the burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil to produce power and electricity and thousands and thousands of products, from plastic to makeup to the clothes that we wear.
Ever since the industrial revolution in the early 19th century, man has been progressively burning more and more fossil fuels. In fact, in recent times the burning of fossil fuels has been releasing more than a shocking...