The Earth we know today has nothing to do with the planet that used to exist 200 years ago. A lot of has changed! We often hear the term global warming, which has plenty of negative consequences on the biological, physical, and human system!
But, do you know what global warming stands for and how it affects our climate? Well, it appears that manufacturing industries have done us more wrong than good, since they are directly impacting our planet and causing the Earth’s atmosphere to change, by generating greenhouse effect, which is responsible for global warming.
Even since the start of the industrial era, around 1750, the overall impact of human activities on our climate has directly contributed to a warming influence. The fossil fuel emission is our biggest threat, as well as numerous manufacturing industries that don’t follow the government’s guidelines or don’t have clearly defined federal laws.
For instance, companies in the United States that manufacture kitchen countertops, generate an enormous amount of granite stone remnants, and most just sit there without getting used. Imagine hundreds of thousands of companies around the world doing the same, wasting our energy, resources, increasing the overall temperature of the planet, and leaving the waste behind!
In this case, we aren’t only impacting global warming, but polluting our environment! However, let’s focus on manufacturing operations and what can be done to eradicate this current situation!
How did everything start?
Based on extensive research, scientists around the world agree that the Industrial Revolution was the main trigger and a turning point when the greenhouse effect began to soar. Initially, the Industrial Revolution revolved around agriculture, transportation, demographics, finance, and technology, which later created a new model for consumption and production.
But, back then, the human population only counted less than 800 million people, whereas now we nearly reached 8 billion. Over the centuries, humans increased the demand for energy and production, mostly from fossil fuels, which had a direct impact on our climate.
For example, the global temperature has risen 11 degrees since the Industrial Revolution, and some estimate it will go even higher! The increase in temperature isn’t only affecting the climate, but our entire existence as well.
What are the consequences?
Even though we have some clear indicators of how numerous industrial processes are impacting climate change, scientists are still speculating about the possible consequences. Some of them include the survival of flora and fauna, including human beings.
On the other hand, the most dangerous climate change impact is the melting of ice caps, which increases the level of the sea. It generates flooding, while small islands around the world are at risk of disappearing for good.
Climate changes also cause the appearance of various weather phenomena, which are, at some point, so violent that they destroy everything on its way. For instance, we have extreme drouth, floods, and fires. For more scientific evidence, please visit https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/.
Action on emission
As we previously explained, manufacturing processes are the main cause of climate change. For that matter, they will mostly be affected by the regulations that impose a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. These industries include steel, cement, and iron production, but also chemical and paper operations.
Eventually, rules and regulations regarding the greenhouse effect will increase the energy prices, which means that industrial efficiency improvements will have greater benefits than in the past. Let’s take DuPont company, for example, which embraced these changes back in the 90s and managed to save more than $3 billion from efficiency.
On the other hand, manufacturers who decide to switch to energy-efficient production of goods will gain a competitive advantage over companies of similar, but who don’t follow greenhouse emission guidelines and regulations.
These days, a lot of leading and established businesses, as well as manufacturing companies are openly advocating for the national greenhouse gas limitations. Back in 2007, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership was formed, which entitled 23 major corporations and six leading non-governmental organizations. Since then, USCAP has grown and increased in a number of companies supporting its goals.
One of their prepositions was the reduction of emission by 60% below current levels by 2050.
Can we avoid climate change?
We can, but it’s a long process that requires commitment, determination, and putting greater good over profit and greed. However, before we engage in this process, we must realize that climate changes can’t be avoided. Our society has changed a lot, and we can’t imagine our life without some necessities, such as electricity.
However, instead of generating electricity through coal, we could use wind power, right? We need to learn to minimize the effect of climate change and learn to adapt to their consequences. For example, large manufacturing operations can utilize various actions to limit and reduce greenhouse emissions, which eventually prevents the rise of global temperature.
For that reason, renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon economy should become our new objective. Various ways can help us create an energy-efficient society. On the other hand, governments should impose high taxes on greenhouse emissions to prevent industries from destroying our planet. If you are interested in a more detailed analysis of how climate changes are affecting our environment, please visit https://statesatrisk.org/north-carolina/all.
The next step would be to learn to adapt to these changes. We have to improve our infrastructure, making it safer and resilient, but also prevent deforestation. Additionally, flexible farming and water purification must be set in action to prepare humans for possible natural catastrophes. On top of that, we must invest more money in research, to be able to predict changes in our climate, as well as atmospheric phenomena.
Last but not least, is impact the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has on our society. This organization is dedicated to evaluating the effects humans have on climate change, but also discuss possible solutions. In 2015, the members held a conference in Paris where they finally agreed to establish measurement, which will slow down global warming.