UK making electrifying progress on climate change
by Will Roderick
What's Going On Here?
What Does This Mean?
Greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation have fallen by 43% compared with 1990 levels, with many energy suppliers now offering consumers 100% renewable energy. In addition, green policies in the energy sector are estimated to have cut household energy bills by £11 per month. Yet this success has diverted attention from the lack of progress in other sectors, such as transport, which is now the UK’s largest emitting sector.
Why Should We Care?
Frequent, extreme climatic events are directly caused by greenhouse gas emissions. We’re seeing some of these now as the UK scorches under 30 degree temperatures. It’s not all bad though - many of us are using the heatwave to stock up on vitamin D.
The past few weeks have seen the UK’s driest ever June. Even Scotland broke its temperature record with a new high of 33.2 degrees! Wildfires are another climatic event linked to climate change. The moorland fires, raging in Greater Manchester over the last week, are estimated to have stretched almost 2.5 miles, the length of 174 Wimbledon centre courts! It may not be as large as wildfires in Canada or Australia, but climate change has directly affected the people in the 50+ homes which have been evacuated (not ideal!) and air quality warnings have been issued due to levels toxic air.
With the transition to low-carbon electricity firmly in motion, you can get all your leccy from renewables like wind, solar and hydro! Ditch your big 6 energy company and switch to an eco-friendly one - you’d be amazed how quick and easy it is. Find out more about how you can switch here.
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