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10 Ways to Prevent Climate Change

 

With the United Nations warning we have just 12 years to limit the effects of climate change, we need to act fast. So what can we do to prevent global climate change from happening?
What is Climate Change?

Climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns. This includes an increase to the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

What you can do:

1. Use energy wisely

This can include changes such as changing to energy-efficient light bulbs and also to help do this you can unplug all of your computers, TVs and all other electronics when not using them. Another way you can save energy is by hanging wet clothes or towels to dry instead of using a dryer. Finally, when buying new appliances always make sure to look for the energy star label in order to help prevent climate change.

2. Green your commute

In order to ‘Green your commute’ you can reduce your transportation emissions by taking public transport or even maybe walking to school or work one day each week. You can also maybe ride a bike instead or car share with your friends or colleagues. By doing this you would help prevent climate change from happening.

3. Renewable sources

By investing in renewable sources like solar panels and wind turbines you can help put a stop to climate change as this helps save energy and money at the same time. This way climate change is being stopped.

4. Reduce our meat and dairy consumption

By producing animal products, especially beef and dairy, this causes the majority of food related greenhouse emissions. So to stop this from happening go help climate change is to reduce our intake of some meats and all dairy products and instead encourage plant-based diets.

5. Remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Another thing we can do to end climate change is to remove all carbon dioxide from the surrounding atmosphere by planting forests and also by starting to bring in electric transport in order to stop fumes from producing into the atmosphere.

6. Help put a price on pollution

By putting a price on pollution like carbon it helps make polluting activities more expensive and makes other solutions more affordable therefore helping save money and the planet. By pricing carbon it is an efficient and business friendly way to reduce pollution and to also save money.

7. Put an end to coal plants and cut off the fossil fuel supply

There is still thousands of coal fired power throughout the world opening every year. In order to help climate change this all needs to be shut off and we need to prevent new ones from opening up. We also need to try and restrict the supply of fossil fuels. However the UK has pledged to end its coal use by 2025.

8. Consume less and waste less

We should try to consume less things to ourselves and try and share them with others. This way less will be wasted therefore helping stop climate change from happening.

9. Insulate your home

By insulating your home this can help keep it warm especially in the winter instead of using your heaters which use more energy therefore using more money. So by insulating our homes we can save money and energy, so helping reduce climate change.

10. Recycle

A final way we can reduce climate change is to recycle all of our homes waste like cardboard, plastic bottles etc. This way we are helping put a stop to climate change.

So make sure you try to reduce, reuse and recycle to help our planet and prevent climate change from happening.

• By Meghan Welsh, reporter
• Sources: Vox, David Suzuki Foundation, Broward, Independent

World News of the Summer

A round-up of the big news this summer.
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Fifa World Cup Russia 2018

On Sunday 15th July France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final held in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.  France’s triumph made their manager Didier Deschamps only the 3rd man to win the international competition as both a player and coach. Huge celebrations took place in France following the team’s win, with thousands of supporters welcoming them back as the players paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday. Similar events took place 20 years prior when Didier Deschamps took victory in the world cup as the French captain.

Despite losing to France in the final, Croatia were proud to come as far as they did and had some celebrations of their own as the runners-up returned to Zagreb.

               Fans react in Zagreb after Croatia’s 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final.              Image result for world cup croatia celebrations
Ethiopia and Eritrea make peace

Despite the peace agreement made in 2000, two years after the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea began, the two countries have been in a state of “no war, no peace” for almost two decades. The war began due to conflict over their border, when the initial peace agreement was made it was decided that the town of Badame was on the Eritrean side of the border but Ethiopia refused to accept this.

When Abiy Ahmed took over as Prime Minister of Ethiopia, just 3 months ago, people suspected that this could lead to things changing however few expected it to happen so quickly.  The declaration was signed by the leaders of both countries when Abiy Ahmed visited Eritrea’s capital, Asmara. This summit between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki was the first time the leaders of the two nations had met for almost 20 years. Families who have been separated by the border conflict are also now able to reunite as telephone and transport links have been re-established. The first flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea since the war, took off on July 18th with  passengers travelling to the Eritrean capital to reconnect with family and friends on the other side of the border.

Fitsum Arega, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia’s chief of staff tweeted following the summit:

UN Agree First Ever Global Compact on Migration

The United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration   was finalised on July 13th with almost unanimous support from the UN Member States.

Miroslav Lajčák the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly spoke about the benefits of the compact saying:

“It can guide us from a reactive to a proactive mode. It can help us to draw out the benefits of migration, and mitigate the risks. It can provide a new platform for cooperation. And it can be a resource, in finding the right balance between the rights of people and the sovereignty of States. And, in December, it will formally become the first comprehensive framework on migration the world has ever seen.”

The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration held in Marrakesh, Morocco on the 10th and 11th of December will mark the official agreement to the compact from the UN Member States.

Brexit

Brexit has taken a turn for the worst over the summer of 2018, crashing and burning into a heap of ashes that no-one’s quite sure ever really was, or what it could ever possibly be again. In early June, just weeks before the EU summit, politicians still had no workable ideas to fix the ever-looming problem of the Irish border and customs union, and on top of that the Conservatives struggled to contain their own internalised rebellion – however backbencher Tories began eventually laying off the criticism of Theresa May mid-June. Although, that doesn’t necessarily mean things got any better for May, which can be assumed by the immense number of panicked meetings she began holding with her cabinet nearing the tail-end of June as well as the fact the public were now rallying in the streets of London for the right to vote on how they wanted the deal to go. Things then continued to go even further south for the Tory government at the commencement of July, when the Brexit Secretary decided to hand in an abrupt resignation damaging an already fragile situation further.

As the whole Brexit debacle continues to unfold, it is becoming less and less clear what it’s actually about and just how our politicians should be handling it – although they definitely should be dealing with it better than they have been over the summer. More to follow on this specific subject this week.

  • By Erin Seils, Editor of World and Science (Brexit Summary by Rachael Smith Editor of World and Politics)
  • Sources: BBC News, CNN, The Guardian, UN Foundation

 

Trump Throws Tantrum – UN In Awe

Rachael Smith | Reporter

On the 19th of September, Donald trump was warmly welcomed into the United Nations – ultimately resulting in an eruption of criticism and, of course, fear of an anticipated breakout of nuclear war. However, for all the serious politics, Trump’s visit proved more than entertaining.

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North Korea Update: Pyongyang Celebrates SIXTH Nuclear Test

Whispers of nuclear war erupt all over again as North Korea successfully conducted a hydrogen-bomb test in the early hours of the morning on Sunday.

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