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This Is Why You Should Start To Care About Climate Change Too

This Is Why You Should Start To Care About Climate Change Too

The problem about getting people to care about climate change is that it is a rather subtle affair. It only makes a splash when a local disaster happens and then eventually everybody seems to go back to their old, uncaring ways. Global climate change is far too big for people to grasp. But because of the melting ice caps, in about 50 years, the Twin Tower memorial in New York will be under water.

You and I are burning too many fossil fuels. We are the only agents who can turn it around. That means using alternative energy sources. But if this does not convince you, take a look at the 30 photographs below which should make you sit up and take notice!

1. Arctic ice cap

This NASA photo shows that the ice cap is constantly getting smaller in size due to rising global temperatures. Experts predict that summer ice in the Arctic will be a memory in 20 years. Marine species that depend on the ice will just disappear.

Arctic

    2. Hard rain

    “And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.” – Bob Dylan

    Wetter regions will be subject to heavier and prolonged rainfall while dry regions will get dryer and dryer.

    hardrain

       3. Tuvalu at risk

      Rising seas threaten to wipe Tuvalu off the map. Sea levels are expected to rise by 23 inches in this century, compared to 6 inches in the 20th century.

      Tuvalu

         4. Dry river bed

        Rivers drying up will affect their biodiversity. This will have severe economic consequences where livelihoods depend on rivers.

        dryriverbed

           5. Lake Hume, Australia

          Drought has led to dramatic falls in water levels in Lake Hume

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          lake hume

             6. Hurricane Katrina

            The National Geographic states that continuing rising temperatures will contribute to many more devastating hurricanes like Katrina. This one ended 1,800 lives and caused damage estimated at $125 billion.

            Katrina

               7. New York carbon dioxide emissions

              New York added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2010. That is 1.72 tons a second!

              NewYork

                8. Wind Turbines, Bangui, North Phillipines

                One way of reducing harmful greenhouse gases is to install wind turbines.

                windturbines

                  9. Zero emission vehicles

                  Nissan and Renault have produced this zero emission vehicle, which could be a model for the future.

                  zero emission vehicles

                    10. Methane gasses released from permafrost

                    In Siberia, the permafrost is starting to melt and, as it does, it releases methane gas which is a major factor in global warming.

                    permafrost

                      11. Forest fires

                      Forest fire seasons may become longer in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and elsewhere. There is a possibility that eight times more land may be destroyed by 2100.

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                      forestfires

                        12. Displaced persons

                        Ninety-eight percent of all displacement in 2012 was due to climate change. Hundreds of millions of people will be displaced by disastrous weather conditions and climate change by 2050.

                        APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

                          13. Infectious diseases flourish with climate change

                          malaria

                             14. Water shortages

                            More and more people will be desperate for water as it becomes scarcer.

                            drought in Utah

                              15. UNESCO world heritage sites at risk

                              Just one degree rise in global temperatures could have a disastrous impact on cities like St. Petersburg and Venice.

                              Venice

                                16. Food will run out

                                Supplies of wheat and maize are already slowing down and, as a result, becoming more expensive.

                                hunger

                                  17. Pollution risks

                                  California is a typical example of the risks of pollution. Pollution, smog and forest fires all add to very poor air quality, which is affecting citizens’ health. This photo shows smog over Los Angeles.

                                  smog over LA

                                     18. Decline of fish stocks

                                    By the year 2060, there could be a decline of up to 50% of fish stocks if there is global warming of 2.8 degrees or more. This is not counting the reduction caused by overfishing.

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                                      19. Animals will get smaller

                                      Studies show that animals, such as polar bears, are now smaller as a result of more carbon dioxide in the air.

                                      polarbear

                                        20. Heat waves will increase mortality

                                        Prolonged heat waves are set to become more frequent. The 2003 heat wave in Europe is known to have caused 70,000 deaths.

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                                          21. Flooding and property damage

                                          An EU report states that 2,500 people drowned in flooding in Europe in the period 1980 -2011. Property damage runs into millions of dollars.

                                          Minot emergency workers patch Broadway levee

                                            22. Coral reefs at risk

                                            The reefs are very sensitive to any change in the seawater temperature. Another drastic change is that the seawater is becoming much more acidic due to so much carbon dioxide dissolving into the oceans.

                                            coralreefs

                                              23. Major currents are subject to changes

                                              Major currents, such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), are subject to unexpected changes and can cause havoc with climate patterns.

                                              ElNino

                                                24. Lakes are warming up

                                                One NASA study shows that large lakes worldwide could warm up by as much as 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next 10 years. The effects on the ecosystems and the growth of some algal blooms, which may be toxic to some fish, is causing concern. Lake Baikal in Siberia is probably the largest lake in the world. It has seen some dramatic changes which are affecting the 2,500 species living there.

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                                                LakeBaikal

                                                   25. Butterflies are at risk

                                                  The butterfly is one of the most sensitive species to climate change, pollution and changes within ecosystems. If the temperatures are too warm, they cannot survive. One report shows that Europe will lose much of its biodiversity and this is alarming because it has an impact on pollination and crop production.

                                                  butterflies

                                                     26. Food chain is affected

                                                    Inevitably, as changes in climate and the ecosystems take hold, there are knock on effects on the food chain. Toxins, chemical contaminants and use of pesticides are putting the food chain at risk.

                                                    foodchain

                                                      27. Chronic stress

                                                      Large swathes of populations at risk of flooding, loss of housing and livelihood will lead to chronic stress syndrome as people struggle to survive. The NIH has issued a document stressing the effects on health in general.

                                                      chronicstress

                                                        28. Populations at risk

                                                        More than half the world’s people live 60 kilometers from the sea. With rising sea levels, this will cause major social and economic crises in many countries where the infrastructure is inadequate.

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                                                          29. Increased mortality

                                                          The WHO estimates that climate change will be responsible for early and tragic death of over 250,000 people over the next 20 years.

                                                          mortality

                                                             30. What will be left?

                                                            what will be left

                                                              If each and every one of us takes action, then we can avoid the above desolate scene which could haunt our children and grandchildren. Save energy, eat sensibly and campaign to get polluters to pay a carbon tax. Think about video-conferencing instead of polluting the skies with unnecessary travel, and buy a compost maker, if you can. These are just a few ways that we can implement now to prevent disaster.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Climate Emergency /Takver via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                                              50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                              50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                              If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                                              That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                                              Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                                              1. Believe It to See It

                                                              Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                                              2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                                              While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                                              3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                                              Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                                              4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                                              Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                                              5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                                              There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                                              6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                                              It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                                              7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                                              Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                                              8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                                              Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                                              9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                                              Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                                              10. Be in It to Win It

                                                              Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                                              11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                                              People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                                              12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                                              Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                                              13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                                              You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                                              14. Be a One-Off Original

                                                              Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                                              15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                                              Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                                              16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                                              Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                                              17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                                              Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                                              18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                                              We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                                              19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                                              Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                                              20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                                              Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                                              21. Make Your Own Luck

                                                              In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                                              22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                                              While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                                              23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                                              Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                                              24. Champion in Communication

                                                              Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                                              25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                                              Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                                              26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                                              To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                                              27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                                              While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                                              28. Live by Core Values

                                                              Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                                              29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                                              Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                                              30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                                              Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                                              31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                                              Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                                              32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                                              Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                                              33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                                              Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                                              34. Change Opens New Doors

                                                              People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                                              35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                                              It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                                              36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                                              Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                                              37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                                              When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                                              38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                                              How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                                              39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                                              If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                                              40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                                              Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                                              41. Swim Against the Tide

                                                              Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                                              42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                                              More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                                              43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                                              Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                                              44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                                              While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                                              45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                                              Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                              46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                                              Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                                              47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                                              While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                                              48. Follow Through

                                                              Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                                              49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                                              We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                                              50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                                              To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                                              So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                                              Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Juan Jose via unsplash.com

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