Act on co2
Understanding what CO2 is, the effects it can have and how it is produced can help in reducing your CO2 Emissions and your carbon footprint and here at Prudent Minds we have put together a simple outline of exactly that, along with a few tips on how you can make a difference.
What is CO2?
C02 stands for Carbon Dioxide and is created as a byproduct of fossil fuels, plants (photosynthesis), burning of vegetable matter, volcanoes (40% of the gasses released from a volcano when it erupts is CO2), hot springs, geysers and deforestation. If the temperature of CO2 drops below -78 degrees Celsius then it becomes dry ice.
During the Spring and Summer the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere is reduced as plants and tree's consume the gasses. However in the Autumn and Winter when the plants die and become dormant the CO2 slowly increases again. This is why deforestation has become a huge issue, as the less trees there are the less CO2 is absorbed from the atmosphere and this is a situation where we can help. Making a conscious effort to recycle unwanted paper means less trees need to be destroyed.
The Uses of CO2
CO2 is quite a useful gas though, and we do use it in many day to day goods and appliances such as Carbonated Soft Drinks, Soda Water, (Sparkling Wine and Beer is usually done through natural fermentation's) Pop Rock Candy (sweets that when put in your mouth fizz and pop), Bakers Yeast, Baking Soda and Baking Powder, Pneumatic Tools & Combat Robots, CO2 Fire Extinguishers (usually used for electrical fires as CO2 extinguishes flames), Welding, Caffeine Removal, some Chemical Processing, Plastics, Oil Recovery, Refrigerants, Industrial Gas Lasers & Coal Bed Recovery.
We have all heard this term time and time again, but one of the concerns that we are not all aware of is that there is 50 times as much CO2 in the ocean as there is in the atmosphere. The ocean is basically classed as a Carbon Sink and as the temperature of the ocean rises the CO2 in the ocean is changed from liquid to gas and is released into the atmosphere. Obviously we know that this is not a good thing as animals can only be exposed to a relatively small amount of CO2 before it causes drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, hearing dysfunctions and unconsciousness, this is why when a volcano erupts animals and people in the surrounding area cannot always escape. As previously mentioned 40% of all gasses released from a volcano is CO2, causing unconsciousness and ultimately death when the lava reaches the unconscious bodies.
How Can We All Help Reduce CO2
1) Use energy saving light bulbs as they release less CO2
2) When you leave a room, switch off the light
3) Insulate your home, as this will mean that you need your heating on less to keep it warm. Grants may be available to help you pay for this.
4) Put a jacket on your hot water tank
5) Double glaze your home
6) Waste less food, as if you cook too much then money is wasted not only on the purchase of the food but also in that fact that it will take more to heat, and of course this also causes more CO2
8) If your home is warm enough, switch off your heating - don't open the windows leaving your heating on
9) Turn your electrical products off - don't leave them on standby
10) See our CO2 Emission section as to how you can also reduce your carbon footprint for your vehicle
You may have gathered from this entire section that a lot boils down to common sense, however it is easy to think that the only person you are effecting is yourself as it is your bills that will be higher, but when you see that it is not just about you, it effects everyone else including our future generations! This may make you think twice.
For more information on how you can reduce your CO2 emmissions, look at the Governments Act on CO2 Calculator.