We all like to get on with our lives on a daily basis. Most of the time we stay amongst family, friends and workmates. Seldom do we actually stop and think what effect we are having on parts of the world that we do not directly interact with. Yet, what you are doing today could have an effect on someone living in a far off land for years to come. How is this? Every time you use energy, greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. Research has now shown beyond doubt that humans are responsible for global warming.
Most folk tend to confuse global warming with climate change, but although they are linked, they are both different. It is a bit like astronomy and astrophysics, both of them are connected with each other, but they are different fields of research. Global warming is the atmospheric heating that has happened around the planet since the start of the industrial revolution. Although the earth has had many warming events in the past, they took many thousands of years to happen, not two centuries, as is the case now. Or in the case of a sudden volcanic eruption which can also raise temperatures quickly, we have the evidence to the cause.
If everyone on the planet saved 30% of their annual power usage, then it is likely that we could at least stop the global average from climbing. Thankfully, governments and industry have been getting the message. A lot more renewable energy is now used than ever before, and car manufacturers are now producing battery cars and hybrids. As research and development continues in these vehicles, they will only improve. For years in Europe, normal car engines have had every ounce of miles per gallon squeeze out of them. Smaller cars can now get up to 80mpg, while even large 7-seat MPV’s can reach 60mpg.
What is a major game changer though are the hybrids. These are vehicles that contain a number of batteries which are used to store energy. Two main types of hybrids exist. One is charged overnight, and when the battery runs out it switches to a normal petrol engine to drive the car. While the other version, and the one likely to become the best, is also charged overnight, but when the batteries run low, a small petrol motor recharges them on the move. These latter vehicles are powered totally by an electric motor.
Apart from cutting down on emissions and massively increasing the mpg to anything between 60-250, electric powered hybrids are also very quiet. This means you can hear everything while you drive. This may be a bit disconcerting in the beginning. If someone is on the internet buying Twitter followers according to the advice they found on a website, everyone in the car will hear the key presses. Buying twitter followers is not the problem though, and manufacturers have listened to the customers, and are now starting to include engine noises which come out of the speakers.