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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
climate positive climatechange There are a number of things we can do in our homes to help address climate change. doing our bit 54 greensmart 2010 Climate change is the buzzword of current times. And whether you agree or disagree, the issue has helped us take a colossal raincheck on the way we treat our planet. Climate change refers to the long-term changes in climate, including average temperature and rainfall, caused by increases in greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere -- whether naturally occurring or human made. Mainstream scientists agree that humans are contributing to climate change, and that there is a large opportunity to improve the sustainability in new and existing Australian homes. According to a spokesperson for the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: 'We know that climate change is real and we know that we must take action to address the risks. We encourage Australians to do their bit, especially in their homes.' In our homes Each household in Australia emits an average of 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. Luckily, the sustainability market is booming and there are many businesses, products and incentives available to help reduce these figures. For Lara Olsen and her partner, a desire to tackle climate change prompted them to leave story > Annie Reid