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As an environmental studies professor for two decades, now retired but still alert, I have noted the increasing importance of climate change in both the scientific and academic community — for good reason. As I write this column, multiple fires burn in California with another here in Jackson County. Gas 37 weeks pregnant Comments from fire captains indicate that, because of persistent drought conditions and tinder-dry vegetation, fires start more readily, are more aggressive and much harder to contain.

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Arkla gas pay bill The impacts of climate change are now more obvious to an increasing number of people who can see the big picture. Unfortunately there is increasing evidence that the time frame for action is shorter than originally predicted.

Gas meter in spanish Burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation needs releases carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas that traps heat. V lab electricity Meanwhile, extracting and transmitting natural gas releases methane, an even more potent greenhouse gas. Developed countries such as the Unites States are the largest users of energy. Gas meter car Developing countries such as China and India, where most population growth occurs, desire the same lifestyle benefits we enjoy. Electricity laws physics That will add to the demand for energy and burning more fossil fuels.

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Natural gas jokes We need to use the same approach to vigorously attack the causes of climate change. The challenge now is to increase public awareness and instill a sense of urgency about the need for action to achieve a critical mass of human resolve to avoid the “tipping point” of runaway global warming. Electricity song 2015 President Obama and others have noted that our generation is the first to realize the significance of climate change for all of us and the last generation to be able to do anything about it. Talking about it is not enough, but the actions required are not easy. Electricity lessons ks1 Many citizens in developed countries have taken for granted the easy access to energy resulting from burning fossil fuels.

Electricity dance moms episode For example, the U.S., with about 5 percent of the world’s population, uses about 30 percent of globally produced energy. Effectively addressing climate change needs to happen at the international, national and local levels. Electricity cost per month The recent Paris agreement, signed by 175 countries setting goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions, is a necessary start internationally. La gas prices now At the national level our government is promoting increased fuel efficiency in transportation, revising emission standards from factories and vehicles, and promoting the growth of alternate energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

While, as individuals, we don’t “own” our atmosphere, oceans, forests or other natural resources, we do have a responsibility to protect our environment for this and future generations. — Eric Dittmer of Medford is professor emeritus of environmental studies at Southern Oregon University and active in Southern Oregon Climate Action Now. Site: http://www.mailtribune.com/opinion/20160902/guest-opinion-sense-of-urgency-needed-on-climate-change