As we approach the end of the first month of the year 2014 we have already seen severe flooding, freezing conditions and heat waves all in the space of three weeks.
This is causing some concern as each year the conditions seem to be getting worse. The general public are now beginning to question their impact on the environment and what can be done to improve our climate.
It all began with severe flooding across the UK and Ireland in the first week of January causing destruction and damage across these two countries. More than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England alone and there are still flood warnings in place as there is more bad weather predicted.
In the US there has been extremely cold weather with temperatures dropping below -30c° and people were warned not to go outside as the bitter winds could freeze the skin and cause frost bite.
Many people were without heating and electricity and there were cases of tragic accidents across New York. With the poor weather it meant that people could not commute through the traffic as buses, planes and trains were all put to a standstill.
Australia on the other hand has been faced with a different dilemma as they have had record temperatures above 40c°. These temperatures are causing led grow light plants thousands of bush fires along with hundreds being admitted to hospital for heat related illnesses.
These different extremes are causing us to be more aware of what we can do to help improve the environment for example using energy saving led lighting. Energy saving lighting has a better effect on the environment as they save more energy and last longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.
Another measure that can be put in place is a heating timer and an immersion timer to help prevent people forgetting about their heating so that it isn’t on for hours on end. This again is saving energy along with money for both the public and the governments.
The most recent attempt to improve pollution across the globe has been the introduction of electric cars, at the minute the number of purchases has been small but it is hoped over the years these types of cars will be more popular than diesel or petrol cars.
Time will soon tell if the attempts by both the public and the governments all over the globe can improve pollution levels to combat and control these extreme weather conditions.