Global warming, or climate change, is an increase in the earth’s atmospheric temperature since the late nineteenth century. In politics, the debate over global warming is centered on whether this increase in temperature is due to greenhouse gas emissions or is the result of a natural pattern in the earth’s temperature. Australia is currently looking to reduce emissions to 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030.
Yes, through a mix of light legislated regulations on business activities as well as incentivising in alternate, environmentally friendly energy production alternatives such as wind, hydro, solar and nuclear.
No. Whilst i do believe global warming is a natural occurrence, i do not deny that human activity has likely accelerated this warming period, and i have no issue with renewable energy, however, the amount of carbon emissions predicted to leave Australia will likely make no difference whatsoever as the major emission nations such as China have made no significant changes to their behaviour. Our best option would be to look at periods of cooling and heating and come up with solutions to tackle these situations, such as surviving an ice-age, which will likely require mass fossil fuel consumption with our current technology.
No, the government should not increase regulation on carbon dioxide emissions by business. The IPCC have posted carbon dioxide levels in our environment as a major threat to society. The science supporting this is weak at best. Carbon dioxide, which is plant food, is a highly improbable villain.
Carbon emissions are only one variable in a large system that is impacted by many factors such as; urban expansion (concrete and steel in place of areas which once had grass etc) which absorbs more heat from the sun than what was present before development
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