Green Blizzard has compiled a few succinct videos and resources to capture (from a carbon perspective) all the bits and pieces you may have seen online, on TV, or in print. This YouTube video doesn’t a great job conceptualize what we fail to see every daily.
Now that you have a picture in your minds-eye, here are a several clips that explain in simple scientific terms what’s going on the our upper atmosphere.
Fundamental of CO2 – NPR developed a series of short videos to provide a basic understanding of the carbon atom, its prevalence, and how its playing a part in climate change. It’s worth a few minutes, give it view.
Episode 1: It’s All About Carbon
Episode 2: Carbon’s Special Knack for Bonding
Episode 5: What We Can Do About Global Warming
CO2 Atmospheric Concentration- Pre-industrial levels of CO2 were believed to be 280 parts per million and are now at 392 ppm as of April 2010. Scientist feel that we quickly need to reverse this trend and return to 350 ppm. Both of these sites provide more insights into the CO2 trends in our atmosphere. Chart Tracking Co2 Level about Hawaii and CO2 Now.Org
Ton of Carbon Most people do not have a basis to visualize a “ton of carbon” and a basis to conceptualize the output of their lifestyle actions. Realizing this challenge, a high school science teacher in Cohasset, Massachusetts built a cube structure to represent the size of 1 ton of CO2 (carbon dioxide) As a gas it is obviously invisible, but it’s interesting to see that as a cube, a metric ton of CO2 2,204 pounds is 27 feet wide by 27 feet high by 27 feet deep. Experts estimate that globally mankind pumps 900 million on these carbon filled cubes into the atmosphere EVERY YEAR. On a personal basis, suppose you drive a four wheel drive Honda Pilot, an SUV that gets 16 or 17 mpg and you drive it 15,000 miles every year. Your annual consumption is 900 gallons or 21 barrels and you kick out 11.4 tons of carbon or 11 of these cubes of carbon.