Global warming could be a more pressing problem than initially thought. A long-term forecasts from the Met Office have revealed that temperatures could temporarily reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for the first time between now and 2023 – levels we weren’t expected to reach until between 2030 and 2052.
It’s a problem we all need to tackle, and here’s how conference calling can help fight climate.
What’s the big deal about 1.5°C?
Although it doesn’t sound like much of an increase, we need to keep the rising temperatures at or below the 1.5°C else we could see even worse heatwaves, drought and flooding, and these substantial differences in extremes will become even greater if the temperature hits just 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
What’s even more worrying, is that things get a lot worse if we hit 3°C above pre-industrial levels, as this video shows…
The cost of commuting to work
In short, the daily commute could be killing the planet – the majority of Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions now come from transport, which accounts for 26% of the UK emissions, mainly from petrol and diesel cars, compared to 25%coming from energy supplies.
This is, in part, due to an increase in car usage, but a decrease in the use of coal for electricity generation has also contributed, as these emissions fell by 5% overall between 2015 and 2016,.
UK greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by almost half (41%) since 1990, while carbon dioxide – the main greenhouse gas – is down by over a third (36%), but while energy suppliers have managed to cut emissions by 57% during that time, transport emissions have dropped by just 2% over the same time frame, making it the worst performing sector.
In order to meet climate change responsibilities, UK’s transport emissions need to drop by 44% over the next decade, and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), a government advisory commission, wants to see an increase in the production of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and specifically electric-powered vehicles.
To reach these goals, the CCC has called for 60% of all new cars and vans on the road to be ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030.
We should also be doing our own bits to help fight climate change, and cutting out the daily commute is one way we can all help cut those transport emission figures. Here’s how a conference call can help with that.
Conference call to help fight climate change
Working from home is the simplest way to help cut out the daily commute – simply get out of bed and straight to work. But while working from home has many benefits, the downside is that you can feel cut off from colleagues, particularly if you miss out on meetings.
But a conference call can make sure you can make every meeting, even when you’re sat at home – here’s how to set up a teleconference for up to 100 participants, in three simple steps:
- Set up your Conference Call – Choose a date/time of your conference call.
- Invite your Participants – Send all participants an invitation with your PIN, date/time and dial-in number(s).
- Start your Conference Call – At the agreed time, all participants dial in and enter your PIN to join your conference call!
If you’ve overseas colleagues and clients, then you’ll be glad to know that setting up an international conference call is as easy as organizing an local conference call! You can invite participants from any country you wish. ConferenceCall.co.uk provides dial-in numbers in 72 countries, more than any other conference calling provider in the UK!