A Green Paper Submission Addressing Action For Our Future

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This report is a Green Paper submission addressing action for our future to tackle climate change. The report will entail information on climate change, global warming and Canberra’s ecological footprint status. The report will evaluate past and current ACT water statuses and evaluate proposals to prolong Canberra’s water security for future/possible weather extremities due to global warming and climate change.
Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change:
Climate change is changes in the earths weather, including changes in temperature, wind patterns and rainfall, especially the increase in the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere that is caused by the increase of particular gases; especially carbon dioxide. (, 2015)
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2012, scientists saw the smallest amount of arctic ice cover ever. Predictions say, within years the Arctic Sea will be completely ice free during summer months.
• There is evidence of glacial retreat. Only 25 glaciers bigger than 25 acres are now found in Montana’s Glacier National Park, where there was once approximately 150 (according to the U.S Geological Survey). This trend is similar in glacial areas worldwide.
(, 2015)
Sea Levels and Ocean Acidification:
• As the ice melts; ocean levels rise. In 2012 the World Meteorological Organisation reported sea level has risen 0.12 inches per year on average worldwide. This is approximately double the average (0.07in) recorded in the 20th century.
• Melting polar ice in the arctic and Antarctic region, along with melting ice sheets and glaciers across Greenland, North America, South America, Europe and Asia, are expected to raise sea levels significantly.
• IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reported in 2013 that there are approximately 95% certain that humans are to blame for warming oceans, rapid ice melting and see level changes (observed since 1950’s).
• According to the EPA global sea levels have risen approximately 8 inches since 1870.this rate is expected to grow – potentially inundating coastal areas.
• IPPC report if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked, sea levels could
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