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Simple ways to cut your emissions as CO2 rises to highest ever level

Despite calls to urgently reduce emissions, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen again to reach its highest ever level in latest data released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The last time there was this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 3 to 5 million years ago. Back then, sea levels were 10 to 20 meters higher.

The WMO report says the global average concentration of CO2 reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5ppm in 2017. Before the industrial revolution kicked off the widespread burning of coal, oil and gas, it was just 280ppm.

Other greenhouse gasses have also risen. Methane, which is emitted by cattle farming among other things, is now more than double pre-industrial levels and nitrous oxide, which is emitted from fertilizer use and forest burning, is up 23%. Read more about the WMO findings here.

So what can people in Wanstead do to reduce their personal carbon footprint? There are loads of simple things. Here are a few easy wins:

· Drive less – especially short local journeys which could be done on foot or bike (will help reduce air pollution too)

· Eat less meat

· Unplug your devices

· Don’t buy fast fashion

· Fill your outdoor space with greenery

· Eat UK-grown organic food where possible

· Give the tumble drier a miss

For more inspiration see our ideas page.

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