Some relevant facts...
- The 1990s was the warmest decade on record
- The summer of 2003 was Europe's hottest for 500 years and caused 28,000 premature deaths across the continent
- The burning of coal, oil and gas has increased the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by 30% over natural levels
- Europe's capital cities have got hotter, some by 2°C in the last 30 years, with London's average maximum summer temperature increasing the most
- This warming trend will increase the likelihood of more frequent and intense heat-waves, droughts and rainstorms (Source: WWF-UK)
The net results
- Increased likelihood of energy shortages
- Energy price increases
- Uncertainty over security of energy supplies
- Concern for the future viability of our planet
- Fear for future generations
What needs to be done?
Don't use so much energy in the first place more.
If you must use energy, then make sure you use zero or low carbon, sustainable sources of energy.
All renewable energy ultimately comes from the sun.
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