What is the threat to the environment?
A major wind power project north of North Carolina’s coast took a big step forward last week when regulators, the sponsoring utility Dominion Energy, and other parties reached an agreement on how to resolve potential cost overruns. Environmental and clean energy groups were among those backing the deal, which is expected to keep the $9 billion offshore wind project on track for construction.
The Dominion project is expected to become the first major wind farm development to be completed and operational along the South Atlantic coast.
Top Environmental Issues in the United States in 2022
As the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, after only China, it is not surprising that air pollution is one of the largest environmental problems in the United States – in a . In 2021 alone, about 67 million tons of pollution were released into the country’s atmosphere, mainly from the transportation and electricity sectors. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), that same year, coal emissions from the country’s electricity sector rose for the first time since 2014.
The latest air pollution assessment by the American Lung Association found that 4 out of 10 people – That is about 135 million people – they currently live in areas with unhealthy and polluted air. While the main cause is the burning of fossil fuels, climate change-related events such as wildfires and an extended pollen season further deteriorate the country’s air quality.
Global Warming from Fossil Fuels
At the time of publication the CO2 PPM (parts per million) was 418 and the global temperature rise was 1.1°C compared to pre-industrial levels.
The last time carbon dioxide levels on our planet were as high as they are today was more than 4 million years ago. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions have led to a rapid and sustained rise in global temperatures, which in turn is causing catastrophic events across the globe – from Australia and the US experiencing some of the most destructive bushfire seasons ever, to locusts ravaging parts of Africa, the Middle East Central and Asia, decimated crops and a heatwave in Antarctica where temperatures rose above 20 degrees for the first time. Scientists constantly warn that the planet has passed a series of tipping points that could have dire consequences, such as advancing thawing of permafrost in Arctic regions, melting of Greenland’s ice cap at an unprecedented rate, acceleration of the sixth mass extinction and increased deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. , For example, but not limited. (texajp_7)