Transportation and Climate Change

Most people are going to rely on some form of transportation to get from point A to point B in their daily lives. 

However, there is more and more evidence that this is affecting our climate. 

Those individuals that understand these effects are more willing to make changes in their own lives to help decrease the greenhouse gases that are released into the air. 

Transportation is one of the causes of man-made climate change

Adverse Effects

You may be interested in knowing that the industry of transportation will be releasing millions of tons of gases into the atmosphere all the time. 

This will include lead, carbon monoxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and even ash and dust. 

Now that you have an idea of what is in the air that we are breathing, it will be a good idea to also know what this can do to your body. 

These different chemicals are associated with cancer, respiratory and even neurological diseases.

According to the World Health Organization, urban outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause as many as 1.3 million annual deaths worldwide. Unsurprisingly, people living in industrialized countries disproportionately suffer this burden.

On a side note, indoor air pollution is estimated to cause about 2 million premature deaths, mostly in developing countries. Sadly, nearly half of all these deaths are due to pneumonia in children under 5 years of age.

There are many different health effects on humans from pollution

Improving Transportation Efficiency

If you are considering making some changes in order to help decrease the emissions that are being released into the atmosphere, you need to improve the efficiency of your car.

Firstly, you could get a car that has a better fuel efficiency, that uses biofuel, or that uses a blend of biofuel such as gasohol. 

You might also want to consider getting a smaller vehicle or a hybrid. Or even better, you can get an electric car or hydrogen fuel cell.

Mercedes-Benz fuel cell bus

Other Ways To Help the Environment

Those individuals that really like to travel will want to think about decreasing their need to fly. 

When it comes to going shorter distances, if you can drive then you should. This decreases the need to take a plane and decreases the gases that they are releasing. 

It would also be a good idea to think about walking or using a bicycle whenever possible. Keep in mind that this is also beneficial for your health.

Of course, public transit is another great option and it will likely decrease commuting times. In fact, the chances of fatal accidents are significantly less in public transit.

Sharing rides with others can also help decrease the amount of vehicles that are on the road, and will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Carpooling sign in 1974 following the 1973 oil crisis

Reasons For Optimism

There is plenty of information on this site that will offer you other ways to help stop climate change.

While you research this you will find that there are a great number of things that you can easily do in your home to further decrease greenhouse gases

If you really are concerned about the environment, you will want to review what is out there.  You could learn a lot and could make some very effective decisions to reduce your carbon footprint.

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