The climate emergency by alphabet

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There are twenty-six letters from A-Z about the climate emergency. There is a small explanation for every word.

A is for Acid rain...

Acid rain is one of the results of air pollution. When fossil fuels are burnt, lots of chemicals are produced. Cars and factories make it happen. Gases ,like nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide, react with the water in clouds. When it rains the water has weak acid in it. It was a large problem in the 1980s: plans to reduce the sulfur have been effective ;however, there is still a lot of work to be done.

B is for Batteries...

If we used batteries a lot more, it would mean that we would be able to store electricity generated by solar or wind, and then use it later when we need it.

C is for Climate change...

Climate change is when the temperature of the earth changes. It mainly happens when people burn fossil fuels.

D is for December 2015...

Decenber 2015 was the wettest month on record. The Met office started recording the weather since 1910. Most of the rain fall had been in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and northern England and a lot of these places have been flooded before.

E is for El Niño...

The El Niño effect happens every two to seven years and it is caused when strong winds blow towards the west blowing winds drop, and warm water moves back eastward across the Pacific Ocean. The Peruvians called this 'El Niño' which means 'the Christ child' because it happens at around Christmas time. El Niño can cause a lot of damage. In the past it has caused bush fires, drought and land slides. Although it is mainly in the tropical pacific, it occurs world wide.

F is for Food...

Food links to overpopulation, which is mentioned later. We can't live without food; we eat it every day. And there are 7.53 billion mouths to feed. Because of climate change people need to start thinking of new sources of food. A lot of our food needs to be grown in vast fields, which can take up a lot of space and that is already limited. 70% of the land in the UK is used up for farming alone. Many people eat meat every day. Wether it be chicken nuggets, meat in a sandwich, or sausages we eat it. In fact there are only 375 million vegetarians in the whole world- that's only 21.8%. It is predicted that the world's demand for meat will double in the next 40 years and this might become an issue. Some schools have things like meat free Mondays.

G is for Global warming and the Greenhouse effect...

Global warming is when the earth's temperature increases which results in something called the Greenhouse effect. Gases in the earth's atmosphere allow sunlight to pass through which is similar to glass in a greenhouse. This heats the earth's surface but it also traps the heat while it radiates back to space. When there are too many greenhouse gases the the earth heat's up resulting in climate change.

H is for Hurtful...

Climate change hurts us and the planet in lots of different ways. For example there have been forest fires and ice has been melting.

I is for Ice Caps...

Because of Global warming ice is melting in the arctic. This means that animals like polar bears would start to die and eventually become extinct, if we don't do anything about climate change ( their conservation status vulnerable ). But it's not just polar bears. Lot's of other habitats are being destroyed.

J is for Joint implementation...

This is an agreement between two parties because the other is struggling in order to meet its fossil fuel reductions under the Kyoto Protocol ( which I will come onto next ). The JI is cost-efficient which makes it easier to use.

K is for Kyoto Protocol...

The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is an international environment agreement. It was signed in 11 December 1997 so that people can reduce greenhouse gases. Many companies agreed to reduce to 5.2% and lower. It was agreed by governments in Kyoto, Japan, but did not legally come into force until 2005.

L is for Late...

Will it one day be too late to save our planet?

M is for Methane...

It is the second most important greenhouse-which is man made. Some causes are: fires; termites; agriculture and coal mining leaks.

N is for Non-annex I countries...

These are the countries thet have signed the Kyoto Protocol and have confirmed it.

O is for Overpopulation...

Earth is very small and it only has a circumference of 24,902 miles. Furthermore, the surface area seems really big at 196,950,000 sq. miles; however, 71% is covered by oceans. The world can't get any bigger but the human population increases every year. There are 7.53 billion people ( figures of 2017 ). In 2050 there are expected to be an extra 2.5 billion people on earth. Things that the earth gives us are limited such as fossil fuels. If more and more people are on the earth then that would mean that the production of non-renewable energy would increase. Therefore, there would be a lot more climate change, which would result in things like global warming and acid rain.

P is for Palm oil...

There are palm oil trees which have hundreds of little fruits that grow off them. These are squashed to create palm oil. We use it every single day and it is in a lot of products that we have: bread, cereals, chocolates, pizzas, cleaning products, chewing gum and even shampoo. 33% of the products in supermarkets are made from palm oil. Indonesia produces 90% of the world's palm oil and aims to double its production by 2020. Sometimes people have to burn down rainforests just to get this precious palm oil. This isn't good because trees are very important to the environment.

Q is for Quickly...

Everyone wants to end climate change quickly so that we can enjoy our world in peace. For example some countries have banned plastic.

R is for Renewable energy...

Currently, the energy source that is being used at the moment is called fossil fuels. These include coal and gas and when these are used they create global warming and climate change. Fossil fuels come from the ground so it means that they are hard to get and it creates lots of holes. This isn't renewable energy because one day they will run out and it doesn't reproduce naturally. Some renewable energy sources are: solar energy; wind energy; hydro power; geothermal energy and biomass energy. These are good because it doesn't create pollution.

S is for Stern...

Lord Nicholas Stern, a former World Bank economist, made a report on climate change. He claimed that in the future, climate change will cost more to stop than it would now.

T is for Time...

Will we have enough time? The earth is 4.543 billion years old. It is estimated that it is supposed to be around for 7.79 billion years. If we continue with climate change that number will just keep decreasing.

U is for UNFCCC...

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is another international agreement. It aims to stop dangerous medling with the climate system.

V is for Vexed...

A lot of people are annoyed with the fact that there is so much climate change going on. However, action is happening and there are things like the UNFCCC and Kyoto.

W is for Warmest year ever recorded...

Although December 2015 was the wetest month ever recorded, overall 2015 was the warmest year ever recorded. Data collected by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed that the global average temperature was 0.13C warmer than 2014. 2014 had held the record before, so this shows that the world is getting wamer.

X is for Xerophytic...

This is when things adapt to dry land. If we continue with global warming then it would mean that the world would become dry. This would result in things like drought.

Y is for Yourself...

It is up to us to stop climate change because the world can't just change itself.

Z is for Zany...

I used this in my last one to do with Trump's wall. It means to be unreasonable and crazy and I think it works with this as well.

Those are 26 letters ,in order, to do with the climate emergency. If you have anything to add to this post please let me know.

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Comments (3)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    03 Jun 2019

    Well done! It's an excellent way to introduce the topic. Have a look at quiet_horse's post. You have inspired them to do the same! Are there any words that you have chosen that are similar?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    03 Jun 2019

    Hi balanced_singer,
    I noticed that we both had similarities in our posts. For C I also wrote climate change. For G I wrote greenhouse gases. I had a typo error for U. I was meant to write UNFCCC but instead I wrote UNFCC. J I wrote joint implementation, for I, I wrote ice caps and finally for M I wrote Methane. I could tell you seem really enthusiastic for this new issue and so am I ! I hope to comment on more on your post soon!
    quiet_horse

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    19 Jun 2019

    balanced_singer
    Your post is fabulous it is really good I have seen your previous posts and some of them are putting the things we are learning about in alphabets 🌸🌼 well done once again .
    outstanding_wolf

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