GHG Emissions & Climate Change 101

It’s no surprise when I tell you significant data is proving the damaging nature of greenhouse gases (GHGs). But what if I told you climate change is the most pressing threat to the modern world? How would you respond?

Isn’t it war? Hunger? A lack of clean water?

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Source: GHG Fast Facts.

The answer? Though of dire importance, all the above epidemics hang under the umbrella of climate change and GHGs. The increasing amount of GHGs in the atmosphere is evident all over the world, seen in severe droughts, extreme fires, record-breaking hurricanes, floods, and heat waves. And with these frightening events, unfortunately, on the rise, the real problems of climate change emerge. They will:

  • Displace millions of people.
  • Spark competition over scarce resources, such as clean water.
  • Destabilize fragile states.
  • Unpredictably disrupt the world’s water systems & precipitation patterns, affecting farming and agriculture industries and creating famine for billions of people.

So what can we do to advance the reversal of climate change?

Let’s take a look at the history of global participation in the quest to defeat climate change. Here’s a brief timeline.

  • 1988 World Meteorological Organization founded to investigate and report on climate change & international responses.
  • 1992 Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro. 166 nations sign the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Though it lacks specific goals, it lays an essential framework for future policy debates and development.
  • 1997 Conference of Parties (COP3)Kyoto, Japan. Development of Kyoto Protocol, individual country emissions goals for 2008-2012, including specific measures for achieving these goals.
  • 2015 Conference of Parties (COP21), Paris, France. 188 nations agree, for the first time, on an international action for climate change. The U.S. initially planned to reduce emissions by 26-28% below the 2005 level by 2025. However, this has been put on hold as President Trump withdrew his support of the agreement in 2017.

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Source: US EPA.

What can be taken from these summits? A low carbon society is essential in curbing the devasting effects of climate change. So what’s the chief proponent that will transition the world from decline to rebirth?

You guessed it! Renewable energy. Here are some of the reasons why this industry will propel all countries into a clean, sustainable future:

  • Using renewables does not add additional GHG to the atmosphere,
  • Enhancing the variety of technology available to create better, more efficient energy solutions,
  • Protect against rapid fuel price fluctuations,
  • Increasing energy supply efficacy,
  • Strengthen the economy by providing industrial development and job opportunities, and
  • Accelerate access to electricity in rural areas, allowing for rural development and a decrease in global poverty.

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Climate change brings new opportunities for the rapid development of technologies and global rural development. In moving forward, policymakers need to require clear guidance on implementation, promote motivation for these policies, and establish explicit checks and balances to minimize the potential for market abuse.

As we transition from fossil fuel to a low carbon economy, the success of our efforts rest on the capacity of the renewable energy systems to reduce overall costs while boosting the integration of these energy sources into the main power grid.

The world is slowly waking up, realizing the potential of renewable energy sources, and noting the direct correlation between these resources and the fate of our planet.

Renewable energy is more than just a fight against fossil fuels; it is a gift from the Universe, available for harvest, at any time.

So let’s be responsible. Let’s be ethical. Let’s be respectful.


We don’t own Mother Earth, and she won’t put up with our vandalism much longer.

It’s time everyone did his or her part. It’s time to step up to the plate. How? Volunteer with a local environmental organization. Participate in a beach clean up. Vote!

There are myriad ways to get involved in this historic transition. Be part of the solution and together let’s sustain this Earth today, so it’s here for tomorrow.

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