Climate change is one of the biggest challenges our planet faces today. Many natural and human-induced factors contribute to climate change. We are seeing a rapid change in weather conditions such as increased rainfall, extreme heatwaves, rising sea levels, storms, floods, wildfires, melting ice, and loss of wildlife. Climate change is affecting every part of life on the earth.
If you are among those who are concerned about climate change and confused about the climate change jargon such as mitigation, carbon-neutral, or tipping point, you are not alone.
Here is a quick guide to seven common terms that will help you understand climate change better.
It refers to using new technologies, renewable energies, or changing consumer behaviour to reduce the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Around the world, billions of people depend on traditional fuels such as coal and wood to meet their basic energy needs. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas are used to run vehicles and generate electricity. The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, etc. These gases, when released, stay in the atmosphere for a longer period and trap heat. It leads to global warming. We can mitigate climate change by;