Challenging climate change

According to Futurologist Ray Hammond, the effects of climate change will wreak havoc as the weather becomes more extreme. Are we prepared for artic-style winters and monsoon summers in Western Europe?

Even if we stopped all of our carbon emissions today, the prediction is that climate change might continue to worsen over the next 30 years. Urgent and decisive action is required if we are to escape weather so bad that civilisation itself might be threatened. By 2030, Western Europe could be experiencing Arctic-style winters, monsoon summers, and vast swathes of land in the equatorial regions, the home to some of the poorest people in the world, could turn into desert.

The plastics industry has already addressed the challenge of climate change and its consequences in several ways; plastics make very effective insulation materials for buildings, pipes and industrial installations, which bring significantly reduced heating costs. High-performance plastics are used in cars, trucks, planes and ships to reduce weight, which means less fuel consumption. And plastics can be used to protect people from the effects of climate change; plastic composites make buildings in earthquake zones more resistant to damage. Plastic greenhouses are being designed to float when water levels rise, thus protecting food supplies. Even in flood refugee relief operations, plastics can be found in everything from field hospital tents, boats and water-resistant clothing to food packaging and systems for transporting and storing water and energy.

For more information on this subject visit www.plasticseurope.org/theworldin2030
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