There are no silly questions! Here you find (hopefully) all the answers you need about nearly all you ever wanted to know… Well… at least the answers for some questions
As we leave “traces” of our footsteps on the ground, the society we live in and our lifestyle habits also leave “traces” of carbon footprints in the atmosphere. In other words: The carbon footprint states the measurement of emissions released by activities of mankind based on CO 2 . Every one of us has a different carbon footprint depending on where we live and what our lifestyle habits are. We all release various amounts of CO 2 emissions based on types of food we eat, means of transportation we use, and sources of energy we consume.
Cities we built with heat absorbing concrete and impervious asphalt concrete layers are not only deteriorating the ecosystem health but also causing poor quality of air in cities, urban heat islands, floods after excessive precipitations and changes of climate. Concrete is made of sand, gravel, cement and water. Procurement of sand and gravel means loss of habitats for living creatures, topographical changes, erosions, dust emissions and water pollutions. Cement requires 94% of energy used in order to produce concrete. While producing asphalt concrete requires a byproduct of gravel and petroleum, which is bitum.
Deglaciation occurs at an ever-rising pace caused by increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses on atmosphere. Only deglaciation of continental glaciers cause a rise in sea level because they are reserves on land meanwhile marine glaciers are already in water. Raised sea levels increase land erosion. The more the temperatures of atmosphere and ocean rise, more intense and frequent storms like hurricane and typhoon occur. At the same time deglaciation on Antarctica and Greenland causes large amounts of cold water get mixed with ocean and causes deceleration in ocean currents .
Deforestation is purposely clearing a forested area from trees . Throughout history and at the present time deforestation still occurs with the purpose of opening up space for agricultural areas and pastures or cutting off trees in order to achieve fuel, production materials or construction materials. Even though in the long term forests supply food for approximately 1.6 million people, host 80% of land creatures, create 75% of clean water resources and provide clean water supplies for 1/3 of all cities on earth, in order to achieve short term benefits - such as opening up spaces for agricultural fields and pastures or obtaining forest products - the clearance continues.
In rural areas solar energy either vaporizes existing water in the environment or used by plants meanwhile in cities building materials absorb the sunlight in the daytime and releases it as heat in the night. This released heat is once more absorbed by the dust particles in the air and eventually causes urban heat island effects. Second main reason of the urban heat island effect is the heat produced by using various energy sources. The Urban heat island effect causes health problems due to excessive heat, poor confor of life in cities, increased energy consumption as a result of increased demand for refrigeration and cooling as well as it causes poor air quality and problems in water supply because it disrupts atmospheric and ecological balances.
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There are no silly questions! Here you find (hopefully) all the answers you need about nearly all you ever wanted to know… Well… at least the answers for some questions
As we leave “traces” of our footsteps on the ground, the society we live in and our lifestyle habits also leave “traces” of carbon footprints in the atmosphere. In other words: The carbon footprint states the measurement of emissions released by activities of mankind based on CO 2 . Every one of us has a different carbon footprint depending on where we live and what our lifestyle habits are. We all release various amounts of CO 2 emissions based on types of food we eat, means of transportation we use, and sources of energy we consume.
Cities we built with heat absorbing concrete and impervious asphalt concrete layers are not only deteriorating the ecosystem health but also causing poor quality of air in cities, urban heat islands, floods after excessive precipitations and changes of climate. Concrete is made of sand, gravel, cement and water. Procurement of sand and gravel means loss of habitats for living creatures, topographical changes, erosions, dust emissions and water pollutions. Cement requires 94% of energy used in order to produce concrete. While producing asphalt concrete requires a byproduct of gravel and petroleum, which is bitum.
Deglaciation occurs at an ever-rising pace caused by increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses on atmosphere. Only deglaciation of continental glaciers cause a rise in sea level because they are reserves on land meanwhile marine glaciers are already in water. Raised sea levels increase land erosion. The more the temperatures of atmosphere and ocean rise, more intense and frequent storms like hurricane and typhoon occur. At the same time deglaciation on Antarctica and Greenland causes large amounts of cold water get mixed with ocean and causes deceleration in ocean currents .
Deforestation is purposely clearing a forested area from trees . Throughout history and at the present time deforestation still occurs with the purpose of opening up space for agricultural areas and pastures or cutting off trees in order to achieve fuel, production materials or construction materials. Even though in the long term forests supply food for approximately 1.6 million people, host 80% of land creatures, create 75% of clean water resources and provide clean water supplies for 1/3 of all cities on earth, in order to achieve short term benefits - such as opening up spaces for agricultural fields and pastures or obtaining forest products - the clearance continues.
In rural areas solar energy either vaporizes existing water in the environment or used by plants meanwhile in cities building materials absorb the sunlight in the daytime and releases it as heat in the night. This released heat is once more absorbed by the dust particles in the air and eventually causes urban heat island effects. Second main reason of the urban heat island effect is the heat produced by using various energy sources. The Urban heat island effect causes health problems due to excessive heat, poor confor of life in cities, increased energy consumption as a result of increased demand for refrigeration and cooling as well as it causes poor air quality and problems in water supply because it disrupts atmospheric and ecological balances.