Does all this talk about global warming and climate change ever make you feel like things are hopeless or overwhelming (or out of your control)? The powerful, somber words echoing from scientists around the globe about the state of our world unmistakably affirm that there's a problem, but don't always explain how to solve it.
Along with global warming comes real consequences. If we can't soon reduce total greenhouse-gas emissions by 50 to 80 percent, the sea level will rise, beaches will erode, flooding will increase along coasts, precipitation patterns will transform, and the way in which these phenomena affect the world could be devastating. Estimations vary in terms of how long it will be until we actually experience the impacts of global warming, but it doesn't really matter that the experts aren't reaching a consensus - these things will happen if we maintain status quo.
But, enough of the doom and gloom: Instead of talking about the what-ifs and the consequences of inaction, let's talk about what you can do.