With another brutal winter just around the corner, perhaps there is no better time to consider the history of climate change. While it is evident that humans have had an impact on the environment, the climate has changed naturally without our help for hundreds of thousands of years. As far as we know, it has always gone through cycles, which makes studying the environment both trickier and more important at the same time.
While getting an environmental science degree is a move towards advancing your career, there are things you can do daily to be more environmentally conscious. There are many things you can do to cut down on landfill waste and to do your part to help save the environment. Sure, you turn your room light off at night, and yes, you always recycle your pizza boxes, but you know there’s more you could be doing. But what?
That’s what we’re here for. We’ve got you covered! Here are 15 simple ways you can go greener on a lower budget.
Forbes recently published this list for “The Top 10 Cities for Green Jobs” and it details some of the best places to go for jobs in America related to Environmental Science. The field has growth that is slightly above average, so you can expect a favorable outlook over at least the next decade. But with an Environmental Science degree, what can you expect to do with it? As you go through your undergraduate coursework, you’ll refine what you want to do and it will leave you with a few distinct paths to pursue. The Environmental Science Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has great informational links pertaining to career options and is very worthwhile to check out. Below we’ve broken down the different general career routes you can pursue with your degree.
Academia is probably the least common of the many options environmental science students pursue after graduation, although it’s certainly a very respectable route. Pursuing a career in academia requires an advanced degree and focuses primarily on research and teaching. You’ll attend a number of conferences and work to educate students on some of the most pressing contemporary issues. Working in academia is an incredibly important undertaking. It puts one in a position to significantly influence large numbers of students through how the most important environmental issues are framed. Helping to educate students who will go on to work in the field is just as important as working in the field itself, if not more so.
Renewable energy sources are climate protectors. They provide viable alternatives to fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas, and coal. We need these sources more than ever as our planet continues to warm.
The good news is that renewable energy is making promising gains in research, development, and implementation. New technologies and ambitious support policies have resulted in expanded markets for renewable energy alternatives.
Our list of the top seven sources proves that we can drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and continue to minimize our footprint in affordable and environmentally friendly ways. Once you’re on your way to getting a degree in environmental science, you’ll have a better idea of which specific field you want to enter.
Beginning in 1950, spectrography showed that carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor lines did not overlap completely. At that same time, climatologists also realized that little water vapor was present in the upper atmosphere. Both events illustrated that the CO2 greenhouse effect would not be overwhelmed by water vapor, leaving environmental scientists with the realization that CO2 was building in the atmosphere. This issue led to the further realization that global climates were warming within a “greenhouse” effect created by that CO2. While scientists have come to agreement over the climate change issues over the past half century, corporations within the U.S. had a great deal of influence over the halting of any consensus. Now, more than ever, it seems apparent that global warming is occurring and that the U.S. continues to remain in denial about this issue. Understanding the history of climate change will provide a solid foundation before you get your degree. Continue reading