Ill tell you who! Albedo is another word for reflectance, a simple word in which could make a huge difference in stopping climate change!
Researches at Concordia University have discovered that a global increase in surface reflectance will make a large dent in the global temperature and our carbon dioxide emissions.
We’ve all heard the typical solution to climate change, the ride your bike instead of driving to work pitch, but the reality of it is, that won’t always happen. Thankfully researchers have now found away to get the same results without the added hassle!
The researches at Concordia University discovered that increasing the reflectance of every urban area by 0.1 will give a CO2 offset between 130 and 150 billion tons! That’s the equivalent to taking every car in the world off the road for 50 years.
Over 50% of the worlds population currently lives in urban areas, and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2040. Throughout these urban areas, roofs and pavement take up 60%, which shows why simply changing the albedo of a surface can make a huge difference.
“The albedo of all roofs can be increased, on average, by 0.25 and all paved surfaces can be increased by about 0.15. We believe this will increase a city’s overall albedo by about 0.10.”
So how do we start?
- Spread the word
- Let people know of the benefits of solar panels
- Talk about albedo
We are being presented with many alternate ways to make a difference, its time we finally take those suggestions and turn them into action!