Global Warming Solutions for Egypt
Our science editor, David Malakoff, joins us in the studio now to reflect not only on the three climate change stories we’ve reported from Egypt and some possible solutions to problems there, but on the Climate Connection series as a whole. canada goose factory sale Welcome, David.
HANSEN: Let’s begin on our series on Egypt and some canada goose clearance sale of the adaptation strategies that were mentioned. Population relocation, genetically modified crops, barriers to protect the lowlands. Each one of those is an incredible undertaking for the Egyptian government. What I want to know is how does Egypt fit into that bigger picture of global warming?
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And so, yes, Egypt, I think, is having the same experience that many countries around the world are having.
HANSEN: What about energy use? The solar water heaters, canada goose clearance for example, in Cairo, they buy canada goose jacket are really the result of enterprise on a local level.
MALAKOFF: That’s right. And energy canada goose uk black friday strikes at the very heart of the climate change problem. Unless you can uk canada goose figure out how to Canada Goose Jackets produce energy without burning fossil fuels that create the gases that collect in the atmosphere and Canada Goose online warm the earth, you’re Canada Goose Outlet not cheap canada goose uk going to canada goose uk shop solve this problem in the long run.
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HANSEN: So, on an individual level, what can Americans do to help Canada Goose Online fight global warming?
MALAKOFF: Well, a lot of it is common sense. For instance, in this country right now there’s a big movement on to get people to canada goose uk outlet replace incandescent light bulbs, which burn a fair amount of energy for the light produced, with compact fluorescent bulbs or other canada goose coats on sale kinds of technologies.
You know, in your uk canada goose outlet own house, for instance, a large proportion of your energy goes into heating water, just as in Cairo. And cheap Canada Goose so if you can find a way to use less water or heat it in another way, that canada goose coats helps. And of course, driving our cars. You know, do you have to take that extra trip to the grocery store? A lot of it’s common sense.
But I would say that it’s important to recognize that personal action canadian goose jacket has limits. And in the end we’re going to have to look at some fairly significant policy changes that change the way we produce energy on a global scale.
HANSEN: So, it’s difficult to fight global warming on an individual level but not impossible?
MALAKOFF: That’s right. I mean, human ingenuity is a very deep well that we can go to again and again.
HANSEN: NPR science editor David Malakoff, thank you.
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