Climate change is not a new concept. Indeed, it has existed since the dawn of time. Woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tiger was the victim of what the world was heated to millions of years ago. However, the rapid advance of modern times, and climate change has recently come into our consciousness every day and changed the way we go about human lives.
But why the sudden interest in a phenomenon as old as time? Rewind to 1890 when the Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius suggested that humans were altering the global carbon cycle, and reach the origin of the modern theory of climate change. At that time, Arrhenius was despised by suggesting that humans may lead an increase of 200% of carbon dioxide and an increase of five to six degrees in global temperatures. However, more than 120 years later, modern science has shown that he was on the right track.
Average global temperatures have risen by about 0.75 degree Celsius in the last century corresponds with the increase in coal-fired power plants and a burgeoning manufacturing industry. It may not seem like much, but the effects have been linked to incidents of wild weather, drought and floods around the world. And scientists hope that things will only get bad as humans persist to pump carbon in the atmosphere.
No wonder then, that the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced the package Clean Energy Future in July as part of an attempt to reduce Australia's carbon emissions by 5% in 2020. Set a price of $ 23 per ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere, the program aims to support big carbon polluters to not cross their emissions and spend in green energy initiatives.