Benefits - Stop Climate Change
The climate on Earth has constantly fluctuated for billions of years - a historical change driven by natural processes. The fluctuations in temperatures which caused the ice ages were initiated by changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun, which in turn, caused an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
However, recently we have noticed a much faster rise in temperature, which is being driven by an increase in man-made greenhouse gases. This phenomenon is known as global warming. In contrast to the natural process, we know that the recent increase in the level of carbon dioxide is not the result of natural factors. Studies have shown that the majority of this carbon dioxide is derived from the burning of fossil fuels, with laboratory analysis showing that the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now 35% greater than they have been for at least the last 650,000 years (Source: The Royal Society (2007). A Simple Guide to the Climate Change Controversies. Royal Society, London, UK).
A consensus now exists that climate change is already harming people and ecosystems. Its reality can be seen in melting glaciers, disintegrating polar ice, thawing permafrost, dying coral reefs, rising sea levels, changing ecosystems and extreme weather events. People all over the world are now struggling with the impacts of climate change.
Tackling this global issue involves looking for different ways to meet our energy demands. Clean renewable energy sources such as wind power are a significant part of the solution. The more renewable energy replaces the use of energy from traditional sources such as coal fired plants, the more we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. It is imperative that we all act now. In the past we tackled acid rain, CFK's and phosphates. Let's do the same with CO2 and avoid changing our landscapes forever.