The impacts of global warming

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Understanding the impacts of global warming on life on an increasingly hot planet

Over the years, in the news, schools, colleges and in our daily lives, there is more and more talk about global warming. But what is this phenomenon? What are its consequences?

Global warming is the progressive increase in average temperatures of the oceans and terrestrial atmospheres across the globe. It is caused by the greenhouse effect, when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere allows the passage of sunlight and the absorption of heat. 

Despite the fact that the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon, over the years, especially since the Industrial Revolution, the emission of greenhouse gases resulting from human action has increased dramatically, leading to the rising of Earth’s temperature and generating the phenomenon known today as global warming.

Although the greenhouse effect was first described in 1859, by scientist John Tyndall, a greater debate on global warming took place after ECO 92 (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development), where there was recognition that global warming is the direct result of human actions.

With the increase in terrestrial temperature and the resulting climate change, our environmental balance is at risk. As an example, the temperature change in the oceans with the melting of the polar ice caps threatens marine species. Nevertheless, the human species itself is at risk.

As the melting of glaciers also changes sea levels, territories that are now occupied by millions of people are becoming uninhabitable (an estimated impact of 10.4 million people, in the best-case scenario, by 2100). With forced migration to other territories, we will have the emergence of climate refugees.

Who are the climate refugees?

This is the name used to describe people who is — or will be — forced to leave their territories due to climate change. The phenomenon of climate refugees will also increasingly happen due to other consequences of warming, such as the increase in droughts and heat waves and a greater number of highly destructive natural phenomena such as cyclones, hurricanes and floods.

How to stop global warming?

To stop global warming, we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and, in turn, reduce our carbon footprint.

Here on the blog we have written about some individual actions from our daily lives that can help in this mission, such as:

  • Replacing gas-powered cars with a bicycle or public transportation;
  • Decreasing meat consumption;
  • Using reusable bags;
  • Reducing processed food consumption;
  • Giving preference to locally grown products or making your own organic garden;
  • Avoiding excessive consumption.

In general, do not waste food, do not buy new clothes that will not be used frequently and give preference to recycled products.

Another option to reduce and even completely neutralize your carbon footprint is the purchase of Moss’ carbon credits, which are perennial and a monetized token. The carbon credit is a certificate that proves that a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is no longer emitted into the atmosphere.

When you buy the MCO2 Token, you are supporting projects that aim to capture the excess carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere, thereby reducing the greenhouse effect and neutralizing your carbon footprint.

Some of these projects have already been detailed here on the blog, such as the Agrocortex Project, Fazenda Fortaleza Ituxi and Amazon REDD + IFM.

To purchase your carbon credits, click here. The process takes less than two minutes and is perennial. Additionally, it is a safe and audited asset by international institutions that regulate the carbon credit market.

The change that can save the planet is in our hands. By neutralizing our carbon footprint, we reduce the impacts of global warming and build a better world together.

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