Boris Johnson’s groundbreaking remarks at the UN on strengthening environmental protection
In front of a global audience, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for many dramatic environmental changes at the United Nations General Assembly General Debate. Some of the notable targets include the suggestion that all countries reduce carbon emissions by 68% by 2030. He hopes for a “green industrial revolution.”
To achieve these goals, he put forward four areas for changes and target setting, namely, (1) moving away from coal-fired power, (2) switching to zero-emission vehicles, (3) climate finance, and (4) reversing tree losses.
His outstanding proposal for the world to turn entirely to zero-emission vehicles.
Specifically, Johnson advocated that the world should enable zero emissions by 2040. Johnson also mentioned the similar movement towards the introduction of “zero-carbon airliners”.
This idea is in line with the growing awareness of clean transportation in different parts of the world. For example, the state of California requires all new cars sold to be emission-free by 2035.
Apparently, this inspiring goal aims to change our behavior and way of thinking. Today, many of us choose fuel type based on a wide variety of considerations, from economics to personal preference. By forcing us to choose the zero direct emissions option, the proposal sends a strong educational message to live in a more environmentally responsible environment. behavior.
How can we do more?
Transportation is certainly a vital part of our lives. However, changing that aspect alone is not enough to revolutionize our thinking. There should be a more complete shift to electric alternatives in our daily lives. Here are some quick examples:
Electric vs. gas: heat appliances such as water heaters , grills and stoves.
Switching to electric options in the home can make a difference. It was reported in 2021 that “7 percent of U.S. fossil fuel energy is used for something rather banal: residential space and water heating.”
Gas-fired appliances generate pollution, according to a report from the University of California, Los Angeles . The report noted that “approximately 12,000 tons of CO and 15,900 tons of NOX were emitted to outdoor air from the use of gas-fired household appliances in California in 2018.”
Lighter-burned cigarettes vs. electrically heated cigarettes vs. non-smoking
All types of tobacco are bad for both health and the environment. However, for the present purpose of comparative discussion, electrically heated cigarettes cause less pollution than conventional smoking with a gas lighter.
Categorically, there are two types of cigarettes that apply electric heat. The first is known as “e-cigarettes” which apply electric heat to liquid nicotine. The second type is called “unburned cigarettes” (also known as “unburned heater” cigarettes), which use electrical heat to produce smoke.
In a report by the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco , it was explained that e-cigarettes “do not generate secondary smoke.” Since they “do not burn tobacco, they do not release combustion products into the air” and have a “lower level of nicotine contamination” than conventional ones.
As for the difference in the level of contamination between conventional cigarettes and non-burning cigarettes, it was explained in a 2020 study published in the journal Aerosol Science and Technology that:
“A key difference between conventional cigarettes and [non-burning cigarettes] is that the tobacco in a cigarette burns at temperatures above 600 °C, which generates smoke containing harmful chemicals. In contrast, in [non-burning cigarettes], tobacco is heated to lower temperatures (below 350°C) in an effort to produce lower amounts of air toxics.”