Climate change is causing extreme weather across the globe. When most of us think of extreme weather, we imagine polar ice caps melting and polar bears stranded on ever-shrinking surfaces.
A recent heatwave has struck one very unlikely place: Siberia. Here's what CBS News has to say about the scorching weather:
The cause of unusually higher temperatures is due to a combination of natural weather patterns and human-caused climate change. The weather pattern at fault is an incredibly stubborn ridge of high pressure; a dome of heat that goes upward through the atmosphere. The heat is forecast to remain in place for at least the next week, putting temperatures easily into the 90s in eastern Siberia.
This heatwave is not an isolated weather pattern. Last summer, a village in northern Sweden on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle, hit nearly 95 degrees. Warming and drying of the landscape is leading to unprecedented Arctic fires, with 2019 being the worst summer fire season on record.
Due to greenhouse gases that result from the burning of fossil fuels and feedback loops, the Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on teh globe. The phenomenon is called Arctic Amplification, causing a decline of sea ice due to rapidly warming temperatures.
Sea ice volume has decreased by 50 percent over the last four decades. With less white ice and darker ocean and land areas, there is less light reflected and more is absorbed, creating a feedback loop and heating the area disproportionately.
Scientists say there is only one way to dampen the impact of climate change: stop burning fossil fuels. That's what we believe at GoSun and that's why we are doing our best to move the world to a carbon-neutral future. (Others have recognized us for our futuristic designs; we won the CES 219 Climate Change Innovator Award).
Some three billion people worldwide rely on dung, wood, and charcoal to cook their food--with catastrophic effects on the environment
Residential solid fuel burning accounts for 25% of global black carbon emissions, about 84% of which is from households in developing countries. In South Asia for example, where more than half of black carbon particles come from cookstoves, black carbon also disrupts the monsoon and accelerates melting of the Himalayan-Tibetan glaciers. As a result, water availability and food security are threatened for millions of people. These problems are compounded by crop damage from ozone produced in part by cookstove emissions and from surface dimming, as airborne black carbon intercepts sunlight.
But solar cookers can conservatively save two metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year per household. And the GoSun is making the most technologically advanced solar cookers on the market.
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