Carbon Emissions: A Clearly Present Danger

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  2. April 10, 2013 8:55 pm

Carbon Emissions: A Clearly Present Danger

There is no doubt that carbon emissions do damage to the environment and those who breath them on daily basis. As we continue to pursue deriving energy from less than clean sources, we only increase these dangers. They contribute to the damaging impact of the greenhouse gas effect, and they present severe risks to our bodies as we breath them walking down the city streets. In the body, carbon dioxide increases the likelihood for the development of free radicals that, in turn, drastically increase the chances of contracting cancer and other serious illnesses. The lungs are especially at risk. Despite the obvious dangers, due to current technological and economic limitations, many of the largest industries are unable to eliminate the production of carbon emissions from their practices. Although the effort is being made to change this situation, energy producers using coal and other fossil fuels as their main source of revenue are among the worst offenders.

Dealing with carbon emissions across many different sectors of society has inspired some creative, though temporary solutions. Hybrid and electric vehicles are finally enjoying large-scale success in the open market, eliminating many of the carbon emissions that we breath on a daily basis. In the industrial sector, carbon emissions are trying to be offset by establishing cap and trade systems. Industries who are unable to completely eliminate their carbon emissions are encouraged to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing clean energy credits from other companies who are utilizing clean, renewable resources. While this is not a permanent solution, it is one way that we are able to drive investment in solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear power.

A future completely free of artificially produced carbon emissions is likely to be at least a decade away. However, putting the changes that must be in place now is the only way to make this sort of future a reality. Reducing carbon emissions is an issue that impacts every individual directly rather than indirectly. Although the dangers presented by carbon emissions may be subtle, they are ever present.

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