On Thursday, November 3rd, a study was released regarding the environmental impact we have on climate change. The results show that Americans are contributing to global warming at an even more alarming rate than previously thought.
The average American emits enough carbon emissions to melt about 600 square feet of Arctic sea ice every year. That is enough ice to fill a small apartment. At this rate, ice in the Arctic could vanish completely within 30 years.
The only way to change this prediction is to greatly reduce our carbon footprint. This climate change is coming from carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas emitted from burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil. To put it into perspective, a round-trip flight from New York to Europe emits about one ton of carbon dioxide. This ton equals 32 square feet of arctic ice.
The melting of this ice has a devastating impact on the earth. It is damaging the ecosystem in the Arctic, and has even been linked to the drought in California as well as extreme snowstorms on the east coast. Many scientists recommend that there is no better time than now to take steps in helping to reverse this man-made climate change.