The Permian Period
According to Howard Lee, a geologist who writes for a website called skeptical science, stated
that the earth 's climate has abruptly risen in the past, as it is doing today. He also says that these abrupt
rises in earths climate has always been destructive for life on earth, causing mass extinction. The
Permian period is an example of this. The Permian period is also known as the great dying because
90% of earths life was wiped out by a sudden release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. According
to Howard Lee, scientists have linked the sudden release of carbon dioxide to a massive volcanic
eruption. …show more content…
NASA stated in an article “ We stand on the threshhold of a new geological era, one were the
climate is very different to the one our ancestors knew”. If humanity continues to burn fossil fuels as it
does now, the climate will not return to its former state for tens of thousands of years. However, there is
still time to prevent this. By using alternative fuels, such as solar energy, humanity can mitigate the
effects of climate change.
Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant alternative fuel because it comes from the sun.
Unlike fossil fuels, it is renewable and does not emit carbon dioxide. According to the Solar Energy
Industries Association, the United States has an abundant supply of solar energy resources, such as
solar pannels, boilers, and furneses. Enough that it can supply the nations energy needs several times
over. The solar industry is currently working to scale up the production or solar technology and
decrease the manufacturing costs. Because the majority of carbon emission is due to fossil fuels, solar
energy has the potential to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Greening transportation is another way to fight climate change. Greening transportation …show more content…
The amount of carbon that a person emits is called a carbon foot print,
which is unique to each person. According to an article published by Car Talk, burning one gallon of
gas creates twenty pounds of carbon dioxide. If people use bicycles to make trips that are within biking
distance, they can significantly reduce the amount of carbon they emit.
Preventing deforestation is another way to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions. Deforestation is
the removal and clearing of large forest areas. As forests are cleared away, they are replaced with
human settlements, farm land, and roads. While these things are nessesary for civilization, it is also
important to preserve forest land because trees absord carbon dioxide and converts it into oxygen.
Furthermore, when trees are cut down and decay, they release the carbon dioxide already within them
into the atmosphere. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 3.0 billion tons of carbon dioxide
emissions are due to deforestation. The UCS also stated that 3.0 billion tons of carbon dioxide is
equivalent to the emmittion that would be produced by 500 million cars, which is twice the number of
cars in the United