Local Author on White House Report Offers Solutions for Climate Change

Published 05/07 2014 05:34PM

Updated 05/07 2014 05:37PM

By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX--- People are responsible for many of the negative changes to the environment according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment put out by the White House.

Texas Tech professor and climate researcher Katharine Hayhoe helped author the report. She said there is a lot we can right here in the Hub City to help with climate change.

"I study what it means to us right here in the places where we live," said Hayhoe.  She said while the report focuses on the country as a whole, it breaks down how each reason is affected, including our own.

"Its because climate change is basically hitting us in our weakest spots," said Hayhoe. "This report is a science report so its kind of like a doctor in that it diagnoses the problem."

For Lubbock, the problem is water, heat and energy.

Hayhoe's work with Texas Tech includes looking for a solution to prepare for any condition that we may face with the climate.

"At Tech for example, we're working with organizations like Cotton Incorporated, to see how we can continue to grow cotton in warmer weather with less water," she said. 

Hayhoe said there are a lot of things that everyone can do in their own homes as well to lessen their carbon footprint, like replacing incandesant light bulbs with LED lights.  

"If every household in the US replaces one light bulb, that would be like taking 1 million cars off the road just like that," she said.

Hayhoe also suggests being mindful of appliance usage and looking for energy efficient appliances when replacing older equipment.

"We all know what our electricity bills have been lke in the summers these days," said Hayhoe.  "For every kilowatt we dont use, we're putting less carbon into the atmosphere. And we're making sure that we're going to have a better future for us and our kids."

See what you can do to help lessen your carbon footprint here.
If you want to see the full National Climate Assessment click here.


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