Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Human activities have become the main driver of climate change.
As sweltering temperatures return to Northern Ireland once again, the chance for a sun tan and an ice cream will be little comfort for heatwave insomniacs, fair-skinned sun avoiders and office workers imprisoned in stuffy suits.
One of the most worrying things about the heatwaves in the UK is the way they are reported. It’s good to see global rising temperatures, caused by climate change, are finally making headlines, but are some of these headlines doing more harm than good?
The common phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ seems to be the driving spirit behind social attitudes towards two environmental problems: waste and pollution. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ contributes to an ‘othering’ of environmental problems like waste.
Soaring fuel prices over the last year to 18 months have sharply focused minds on energy generation. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine has turbocharged the drive towards renewables, here and across Europe.
While many new homes are now being built with eco-friendly designs in mind, you don’t have to build one from scratch to ensure your house can be “green-proofed”, and it doesn’t have to cost the Earth either.
Consider these three facts: six months ago Belfast City Council started examining a four-day week for its staff while keeping them on full pay; councillors have spent hours debating issues such as international relations far beyond their remit; and to this day about 43% of Belfast households do not have easy access to basic glass recycling facilities.
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