The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era – and of human civilization. The evidence for rapid climate change is compelling – sea level rise, temperature rise, shrinking ice sheets, and an overall rise in the frequency of climate-related natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – are all clear signs that action must be taken. How does the built environment contribute to climate change, and how can we work to minimize and reduce our industry’s impact on our fragile ecosystems?
Question for the Times: Is Climate Change a Hoax?
What is in a name? A lot, it turns out. The name reflects the scientific viewpoint and is used as a political football to be kicked around by believers and disbelievers. Believers in climate change see an opportunity to modify human behavior in order to protect the earth’s natural environment for future generations. Deniers call climate change a hoax or a scam, and a source of money for environmental opportunists. Both sides are proficient at stating statistics that support their stance. Who is right?
The Automobile Industry’s role in reducing global warming and climate change
There are more than 1.2 Billion cars on the world’s tarred roads. Leonardo da Vinci might not have foreseen this back in the 15th century when he started sketching designs and making models of the transport vehicles of the future. More vehicles on the road means more congestion and more pollution. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and a quarter of hydrocarbons emitted come directly from these vehicles. Does this mean that our automobile industry has permanent grease on its “green hands”?
The Paris Agreement: Is it an Overly Optimistic Pledge?
The planet is warming rapidly and we’ve already seen its effects. Glaciers are melting, animal migration patterns are changing, and islands are disappearing. Climate change is not some far off phenomenon; it is happening now. Unfortunately, the planet does not have many options. It is projected that the earth will warm to around 5.4 degrees F (3 degrees C) by 2030, and by then we can’t turn back.