A warm March around the globe extends the streak to 381 consecutive months of above average temperatures. That’s 31+ years!
From the first Earth Day in 1970, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen 24 percent. And because carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for centuries, the impacts of our emissions today will linger long into the future.
The trend of increasing CO2 in our atmosphere is clearly linked to the observed increase in temperatures, confirming the significance of the “greenhouse effect”.
Actions to consider on this Earth Day:
- Replace light bulbs with LED counterparts, using much less energy each month
- Sign up for Austin Energy’s Green Choice program to power your home by renewable energy
- Keep car tires properly inflated
- Consider carpooling, combining errands, or even walking/biking instead
- Make sure your home insulation is in good shape