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Carbon Tax vs Carbon Regulation Sydney Gass With populations set to rise at 3.3million people per a year it’s no wonder that scientist, economists, and various governments are increasingly worried about the state of our environment. As a society we have depleted so much of our planets natural resources in under one hundred years. Never mind the fact that we have about 20 years to stop the increasingly horrifying pollution to our planet. What will another 100 do to us? Governments have started ruling out and banning single use plastics, such as plastic bags, straws, and food containers. Some states such as Hawaii have started banning toxic sunscreens from coral reefs, which are bleaching and killing them. People are starting to open their eyes to the day-to-day detriments that we have on our environment. There is one issue at stake that sometimes can be too big and too scary to face, our carbon emissions. In our day to day life carbon emissions come from driving, flying, coal and cement usage, and boils down to where we source our food, whether it is locally grown or had to be flown or shipped to the store. Around 80% of green house gases are made up of carbon, but what is the problem with these emissions? Why are we trying to eliminate them? Due to the structure of carbon dioxide, the molecules absorb and emit radiation into the atmosphere. This inferred radiation warms the surface of the earth while also lowers atmospheric levels. In the past 125 years our radiation levels have increased by 375 billion tonnes. These levels are incredibly high and continue to increase at levels that are unsustainable for our environment. When we look at the effects on the environment one of the most visual ways to view the damage that greenhouse gases have caused is by the melting arctic ice caps. The rise in water levels indirectly effects humans, in Louisiana the coasts are sinking by three feet a century. Melting ice caps also
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