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There are many reasons one may choose to buy a commercial refrigerator, from opening a new restaurant to upgrading a supermarket. Whatever your reasons, Just Fridge has just the fridge for you. In this blog, we look at the different types of commercial fridges and their uses.

Also Read Now: How are Commercial Refrigerators Different from Residential Refrigerators

The Low-down on Commercial Refrigerator Types

There are a lot of options out there and whatever your needs, we are here to service them. Here is an introduction into the cool world of commercial refrigeration.

Reach-In Refrigerators

The most common type of commercial refrigerator available today. The reach-in fridges are mainly used in high functioning restaurants. This is because they have generous storage capacity and can be used to store a variety of beverages and food products. They are powerful like regular fridges. They feature castors, which makes it easy to move when required. If you need more storage space, then you have an option to buy the double-doored model.

Merchandiser Refrigerators

These store products in the same way as reach-in style; though its purpose is to do so in the public view and to provide safe access for the public. They also are great at holding the product, such as bottles, cans and jugs, in a stable position while increasing their accessibility to the public.

Undercounter Refrigerators

Undercounters share the same purpose as reach-in refrigeration; however, its purpose is to do so in smaller areas while holding a smaller quantity of food product. They are not meant to showcase food product.

Worktops

This type of commercial refrigerators is mainly used in restaurants and catering businesses. They are used in making and serving dishes. They come in different sizes as well. Smaller ones are perfect for smaller meals such as sandwiches and salads. The larger ones are perfect for preparing and serving pizza. They are mainly equipped with casters for smooth movement and often come with large temperature ranges.

Walk-In Refrigerators

Walk-in refrigeration, available in both freezer and refrigeration type, is a way to store large quantities of food product on directly accessible shelving while being able to freely move inside the refrigeration. They are intended to be accessed only directly by staff. They are either located in back-house operations, store-backs, and in mass storage facilities.

Commercial Bar Refrigerator

Bar refrigeration is available in three types:

Cooler

Bar coolers are manufactured with both solid and glass doors. Glass doors allow the beer to be displayed while solid doors may be used for excess storage or keg storage.

Direct Draw

Direct Draw bar refrigeration allows the staff to both store and dispense or tap beer kegs in the same location, saving time and creating efficiency. Less common is a glass door type, which allows the staff to showcase the keg in use.

Hybrid

Hybrid bar refrigeration is less common but available. They can store glass bottled beer on one side, and on the other side, they can store or tap keg beer.

Display Cases

Refrigerated display cases are intended to create product displays that require refrigeration to maintain their appeal. They are intended for display purposes only and do not guarantee shelf-life.

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Keep Reading the Just Fridge Blog to Learn All About Commercial Refrigeration

Keep reading through the archive for expert insight, or chat to us today with any questions you may have about how we can meet your sales or maintenance requirements.

Sources:

https://learn.compactappliance.com/types-of-commercial-refrigeration/

https://www.consolidatedfoodservice.com/guide/commercial-refrigeration-types

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Over the years, commercial refrigeration equipment has continued to diversify. This has led to the development of application-specific refrigerators such as display cases, walk-in coolers, ice machines, beverage machines etc. The equipment ranges from vending machines, reach-in coolers and liquid chillers to cryogenic refrigeration. Refrigeration is used in all stages of food production, from food processing to distribution, retail and final consumption in the home.

Also Read Now: Thermal Calibration for Your Commercial Fridge

New Refrigeration Technology that’s Gathering Momentum

In these processes, mechanical refrigeration technologies are invariably employed, which contribute significantly to the environmental impacts of the food sector both through direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce these emissions, research and development worldwide are aimed at both improving the performance of conventional systems and the development of new refrigeration technologies of potentially much lower environmental impact. This Just Fridge blog looks at the emerging trends in commercial refrigeration technology.

Sorption refrigeration – adsorption systems

Sorption refrigeration technologies such as absorption and/or adsorption are thermally driven systems, in which the conventional mechanical compressor of the common vapour compression cycle is replaced by a ‘thermal compressor’ and a sorbent.

Ejector refrigeration systems

Ejector or jet pump refrigeration is a thermally driven technology that has been used for cooling applications for many years. Their greatest advantage is their capability to produce refrigeration using waste heat or solar energy as a heat source at temperatures above 80°C

Air cycle refrigeration

Air cycle systems can produce low temperatures for refrigeration by subjecting the gaseous refrigerant (air) to a sequence of processes comprising compression, followed by constant pressure cooling, and then expansion to the original pressure to achieve a final temperature lower than at the start of compression.

Trigeneration

Tri-generation technology is a technology that can simultaneously provide three forms of output energy: electrical power, heating and cooling. In essence, trigeneration systems are CHP (Combined Heat and Power) or co-generation systems, integrated with a thermally driven refrigeration system to provide cooling as well as electrical power and heating.

Stirling cycle refrigeration

The Stirling cycle cooler is a closed-cycle regenerative thermal machine in which gas is shuttled backwards and forwards between the hot end and cold end spaces of the system by a piston and a displacer, so that the temperature of the system during compression is, on average, higher than during expansion. The heat generated in the cycle is rejected through a heat exchanger at the hot end and heat is absorbed from the space to be cooled via a heat exchanger at the cold end.

Thermoelectric refrigeration

Thermoelectric cooling devices utilise the Peltier effect, whereby the passage of a direct electric current through the junction of two dissimilar conducting materials causes the junction either to cool down (absorbing heat) or warm up (rejecting heat), depending on the direction of the current.

Thermoacoustic refrigeration

Thermoacoustic refrigeration systems operate by using sound waves and a non-flammable mixture of inert gas (helium, argon, air) in a resonator to produce cooling.

Magnetic refrigeration

A magnetic refrigeration cycle employs a solid-state magnetic material as the working refrigerant, and exploits the magnetocaloric effect, the ability of a material to warm-up in the presence of a magnetic field and cool down when the field is removed.

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Just Fridge is on Top of Commercial Refrigeration Trends

Stay tuned to our blog for more insider info, or get in touch now to discuss your sales or maintenance needs.

Sources:

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/commercial-refrigeration-equipment-market-2018-global-recent-trends-size-industry-growth-sales-supply-demand-and-regional-analysis-by-forecast-to-2025-2018-12-19

https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/4448/emerging-technologies-for-food-refrigeration-applications/

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Display fridges are great marketing tools. They serve function all while enticing customers to the tasty treats inside. They also require constant maintenance and training on the behalf of your employees to be in proper working order.

Find a High-Quality Commercial Fridge

Before we get into maintenance and managing tips, the first thing you will want to do is invest in a quality commercial refrigeration system. Old systems are far too inefficient in terms of energy use and tend to rack up high operating costs.

Once you have a quality commercial fridge, it is then time to follow these best commercial refrigeration safety practices, to ensure the health and safety of your customers:

Tips to Maintain Your Commercial Display Fridge 1. Check on the Seal

Check the seal of your display fridge regularly. You will notice if there is a leak or fault in the seal if you feel an excessive amount of cold air leaking through. If you do notice a leak, bring in a maintenance team to fix it.

Also Read Now: 4 Tips for Managing Risk During Load Shedding

2. Keep Coils Clean

The coils must be kept professionally clean so that your unit can continue to extract warm air from the fridge. You can learn how to do this yourself or bring in a maintenance crew annually to have this done.

3. Maintain Optimal Temperatures

Keep your system at optimal temperatures to reduce energy costs and to preserve your food. This temperature is 2° to 4° C.

4. Keep It Full

Fridges have what is known as thermal mass. This means that an empty fridge takes more energy to cool that one that is full. Thermal mass is also important for averaging out the temperature within your fridge or freezer.

Also Read Now: Thermal Calibration for Your Commercial Fridge

5. Train Your Employees

Proper maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your unit and the life of your food. Train your employees properly and have them conduct health and safety checks on your refrigeration units so you know the moment an issue arises.

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Managing display fridge safety is critical for any business. You never want to give your customers food or drink that has been accidentally spoiled due to a fault with your fridge. Maintain it, save money, and provide better service.

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The Importance of Thermal Calibration for Your Commercial Fridge

When it comes to commercial refrigeration, thermometers are your first line of defence in making sure they are functioning properly and holding its proper temperature. You can help to avoid food spoilage and excessive food waste by making sure your thermometer is calibrated correctly. Proper temperature also helps decrease the chances of food-borne illnesses. In this blog post, Just Fridge covers the importance of thermal calibration for your commercial fridge.

What You Need to Know About Commercial Fridge Thermal Calibration

Your commercial refrigerator thermometer is a useful tool for checking the temperature inside the fridge. It is very important to know the exact temperature inside the refrigerator because this allows people to know whether the temperature is ideal for food or not. The ideal temperature for cooling food inside the fridge is 2-3 degrees Celsius. Any higher than 4 degrees and the food will spoil easily, likewise, if it’s lower than -1 degrees, the food may burn from freezing. The refrigerator thermometer also allows owners to check whether the thermostat needs to be adjusted. However, the refrigerator thermometer requires proper calibration in order to give an accurate reading.

Understanding the Basics

The first step to understanding how refrigeration thermostats (aka cold controls) work is to understand a counter-intuitive fact about refrigeration physics: Cooling is achieved by sensing and removing warm air, not by adding cool air. In other words, a thermometer measures how much heat is present. If the heat reaches a certain level, the refrigeration mechanism kicks in, and the refrigerant starts its trip through a maze of intestine-like coils, removing the warm air.

Thermostats Often Misbehave

Thermostats are typically found inside the refrigerator and have a knob that allows users to adjust the temperature setting. Once a user sets the desired temperature, the thermostat maintains that temperature by controlling the flow of electricity to the compressor. If the thermostat is the brain, the compressor is the heart of the operation, responsible for pumping the refrigerant through the coils.

When the air inside the refrigerator is at the desired temperature, the thermostat stops the flow of electricity to the compressor. When the thermostat senses too much heat, it allows electricity to flow, activating the compressor.

Regular Maintenance & Calibration is Essential

There is no strict regulation on how often you should calibrate your thermometer but we recommend setting a regular calibration schedule depending on how often your thermometer experiences large temperature changes. These changes may happen when your cooler gets an extensive cleaning or after a repair to your cooler is complete. If your cooler stores food items it is best to calibrate your thermometer quarterly, especially before any type of health inspections.

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Let Just Fridge Keep You Up-to-Date Fridge Care & Repair Tips

We are the commercial refrigeration experts, so don’t be shy to contact us with any sales, maintenance, repair or calibration questions you may have.

Sources:

https://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-calibrate-a-refrigerator-thermometer

How Refrigeration Thermostats/Cold Controls Work

https://www.bushrefrigeration.com/blog/beverage-coolers/proper-thermometer-calibration-in-a-commercial-walk-in-cooler/

Image source: Pexels

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It’s not uncommon for industrial refrigerators to develop an unpleasant odour. Smells can develop naturally over time due to debris and spills, but bad smells often indicate that bacteria or mold has begun to grow in your refrigerator.

5 Ways to Keep Your Fridge Smelling Clean & Fresh

Just Fridge wants your units to run and smell like new and with these handy tips for odour control, your fridges should smell fresh all the time. Although we are sure you try to minimise odours in your units as much as possible, there is still some essential maintenance work that can be carried out in order to control odour.

1. Deep Cleaning

A thorough clean-out and clean-up is inevitably the best way to ensure that your refrigerator is free from mould, spillages, and bacteria. Empty all the stock into another refrigerator or temperature-controlled area (if possible) and use warm soapy water to clean out your refrigerator effectively. While the unit is unplugged, leave the door open for a day or two to air it out. Spray disinfectant around hinges and locks and into any openings.

2. Spraying with Baking Soda & White Vinegar

Vinegar is an odour destabiliser and is great for cleaning appliances and removing unpleasant smells. After spraying this onto your empty unit, be sure
to wipe it off quickly and allow it to air-dry for a while with the door open.

3. Absorbing Odours with Charcoal

Many manufacturers recommend placing a bowl of charcoal briquettes inside your unit as a means of absorbing any lingering odours. They’re not just for getting the braai on. You can place trays of activated charcoal, clean kitty litter or baking soda on the shelves of the refrigerator or freezer too. Run the appliance empty for 2 or 3 days. Coffee grounds can also be used as a substitute, eliminating any pesky odours.

4. Disinfecting with Bleach

A 5% bleach solution can be used to wet the interior of the unit, clean it out with soap and water shortly after. The bleach effectively kills the bacteria, which may be responsible for any smells. You shouldn’t leave bleach in the unit too long, or it will produce metal spots on your refrigerator.

5. Carrying Out Interior Inspections

If a bad smell persists after cleaning the unit’s main storage area, then the internal coil may be to blame. An ongoing smell may indicate that a moist coil has begun growing mould. Unplug the unit and remove the cover for the coil, cleaning the interior carefully with soap and water while avoiding any electronics. Compressed air can also be used in certain circumstances for dispersing mould and other dust or debris.

Chat to Just Fridge about Your Fridge Maintenance Needs

Several commercial products are available for removal of refrigerator and freezer odours. These products may be purchased at hardware, grocery, and a variety of stores. Always check with your refrigerator technician if the odour persists. Contact us all your refrigeration needs and check back on our blog for more handy tips.

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Freezer-burn happens to the best of us, but it can still be a pain. Freezing food items allows us the opportunity to store food over a long period of time; however, if incorrectly packaged, freezer burn can ruin the texture and delicious taste of your food. Knowing how to identify and prevent freezer-burn can save you money and time, and ensure you churn out top-quality food every time.

Everything You Need to Know About Freezer-Burn

Here is a crash-course on everything you need to know about freezer-burn:

How to Identify Freezer Burn

There are several ways to identify freezer burns on your food. After taking an item out of your freezer, check for a layer of crystalized ice, areas that are dry or wrinkled or any discolouration. The colour of freezer burned food varies depending on what it is; meat will take on a slightly grey colour, whilst poultry will be more of a white.

Is it Safe to Eat?

Freezer burn is caused by food that has been damaged by dehydration due to exposure to air. Once you have identified freezer-burn on your food, scrape and cut-off the affected area. If the item has been in the freezer for the recommended time or less, it should be fine to eat, the only downside is that it will not be at it’s best.

When you find that your meat is slightly discoloured, it is normal to be concerned about whether it is safe to eat; however, as long as it is within the recommended time that it is allowed to be frozen, it should be fine.

How to Prevent Freezer-Burn

The best thing you can do to prevent freezer burn is to wrap up your food, as air coming into contact with food causes freezer-burn. You can use plastic bags or containers; if you choose to use plastic bags then remember to ensure that as much air as possible is out of the bag. Get yourself some Ziplock bags, different sized plastic Tupperware and save plastic grocery bags,

If you are freezing leftovers or homemade freezer-meals, ensure that you let them cool to room temperature before placing them in the freezer. The opposite is required for ice-cream; do not let ice-cream get to room temperature, as that is what causes crystalized ice on the surface.

One of the easiest ways to prevent freezer-burn is to minimize the amount of time your freezer spends open; an open freezer results in warm air interacting with your foods, so you should make a conscious effort to open and close your freezer as fast as possible, minimizing the amount of air entering the freezer.

Let Just Refrigeration Handle Your Freezer

It is important for your business to have proper refrigeration for your products to ensure delicious and fresh quality every time. For all your refrigeration needs, call Just Refrigeration and let us ensure your business has only the best!

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Keeping your food cold without power can be difficult, particularly when don’t have time to prepare in advance for an emergency. As it happens, an emergency is the least likely cause of power outages; it is more likely to be caused by planned load-shedding.

How to Prepare Your Business for Load Shedding

Just Fridge has the 4 top tips for managing risk during load-shedding. Take the time to prepare; you will be happy you did.
A generator can be a lifesaver when it comes to power outages, and considering the continual load shedding we are faced with as South Africans, it is a valuable investment.

1. Minimise the Opening of Fridge & Freezer Doors

Do not open the refrigerator and freezer doors unnecessarily. Take out what you need quickly, then close the doors and keep them closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for four to six hours if the door is kept closed.

2. Group Foods Together in Your Freezers

A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours, while a half-full one will do so for only 24 hours. Fill empty juice or milk jugs with water and keep them in the freezer, as you can use these frozen blocks of ice to maintain the cold temperature in your refrigerator and/or to keep the temperature in your freezer colder for a longer period.

3. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Ice

Place ice cubes in a bag and put them in the freezer. If the ice cubes have melted, you will know that everything in the freezer thawed and is likely unsafe. If you have access to dry ice, put this in your freezer.

4. Keep a Thermometer in Your Freezer

This will tell you exactly what temperature the food is at when the power is restored. Place appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer. After the power cut, check the temperature to determine whether your food is still safe to consume.

Manage Your Business’ Commercial Refrigeration Risk with Help from Just Fridge

Just Fridge has more handy tips on our blog and you can contact us to keep cool during the frequent load shedding periods that range anywhere from one to twelve hours. Our refrigeration systems need to stay cool with or without electricity. We hope this makes it easier for you.

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Keeping your food cold without power can be difficult, particularly when don’t have time to prepare in advance for an emergency. As it happens, an emergency is the least likely cause of power outages; it is more likely to be caused by planned load-shedding.

How to Prepare Your Business for Load Shedding

Just Fridge has the 5 top tips for managing risk during load-shedding. Take the time to prepare; you will be happy you did.
A generator can be a lifesaver when it comes to power outages, and considering the continual load shedding we are faced with as South Africans, it is a valuable investment.

2. Minimise the Opening of Fridge & Freezer Doors

Do not open the refrigerator and freezer doors unnecessarily. Take out what you need quickly, then close the doors and keep them closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for four to six hours if the door is kept closed.

3. Group Foods Together in Your Freezers

A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours, while a half-full one will do so for only 24 hours. Fill empty juice or milk jugs with water and keep them in the freezer, as you can use these frozen blocks of ice to maintain the cold temperature in your refrigerator and/or to keep the temperature in your freezer colder for a longer period.

4. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Ice

Place ice cubes in a bag and put them in the freezer. If the ice cubes have melted, you will know that everything in the freezer thawed and is likely unsafe. If you have access to dry ice, put this in your freezer.

5. Keep a Thermometer in Your Freezer

This will tell you exactly what temperature the food is at when the power is restored. Place appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer. After the power cut, check the temperature to determine whether your food is still safe to consume.

Manage Your Business’ Commercial Refrigeration Risk with Help from Just Fridge

Just Fridge has more handy tips on our blog and you can contact us to keep cool during the frequent load shedding periods that range anywhere from one to twelve hours. Our refrigeration systems need to stay cool with or without electricity. We hope this makes it easier for you.

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Commercial refrigeration maintenance usually isn’t at the top of most restaurant and grocery store managers’ to-do lists, but it should be. If you run a business that makes use of commercial refrigeration equipment, it’s important to stay on top of maintenance. Failing to do so could cost your business a lot of money.

The Benefits of Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance

When kitchen and grocery store equipment seem to be working properly, it is understandable that you may not be thinking about unexpected breakdowns, harmful mould growth and diminishing energy efficiency. Just Fridge is here to remind you that, even when refrigeration equipment seems to be cooling perfectly, regular preventive commercial refrigeration maintenance is key to continued success.

1. Maintenance Prevents Financial Losses

If you make use of commercial refrigeration, there’s a good chance a significant portion of your business depends on it. If your refrigerators suddenly break down without warning, you could lose a lot of money in a short period of time. Customers may not visit until the refrigerator repair team completes their work; any items you store in a broken-down unit could go bad. Staying on top of maintenance saves you a lot of money in the long run.

2. Maintained Equipment Improves Safety and Quality

Restaurants, grocery stores and other food and beverage establishments should always take pride in the product they deliver to the customer. However, if you are not keeping your refrigeration equipment well maintained and properly-cleaned, your customers will not be receiving top quality food and beverages. Moist conditions found in refrigeration appliances like ice machines are highly vulnerable to bacteria (Salmonella, E. coli, norovirus, and botulism) and mould growth, so must be regularly cleaned to prevent it. Ensure your refrigeration equipment is safe to use – all year long – with regular preventive maintenance.

3. Regular Maintenance Saves Energy & Money

Scheduling refrigerator repairs and maintenance before minor issues turn into major problems saves you money. Constantly running your machines without maintaining them limits their efficiency. Address maintenance issues consistently, however, and they’ll use less energy, saving you a lot on bills in the long run. Preventive refrigeration maintenance can find issues such as drain line clogs and loose seals, which can compromise the efficiency of your refrigeration equipment.

4. Maintenance Extends Life of Equipment

Refrigeration equipment is an expensive investment necessary to a well-functioning establishment, so it is evident that you want it to work as long as possible. Regular preventive refrigeration maintenance is key to ensuring that your kitchen equipment and grocery store refrigerators are always clean and reliable, and you never have to worry about a breakdown ruining your business for the night, or longer.

5. Regular Maintenance Decreases the Risk of Costly Emergency Repairs

Scheduling regular preventive refrigeration maintenance can significantly reduce the risk of experiencing a costly and unexpected breakdown. Maintain your refrigerator between maintenance appointments by following these three quick and easy tips:

  1. Keep acidic foods like tomatoes and pickles covered tightly,
  2. Keep the condenser free from dust and dirt, and
  3. Keep drains clear and unobstructed.

Just Fridge understands that this equipment is an investment. A professional maintenance team will help you protect it and your business. If you need commercial refrigeration equipment upkeep, contact us today to find out about the best professional service and advice.

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Climate change is a very real, very serious challenge facing the human population – and damaging the non-human populations – as we speak. Corporations and industrial bodies globally have produced so much greenhouse gas and pollutants that the planet cannot cope. Civilian pollution also contributes to the changes, on a widespread scale. Today, we are taking a look at the major concerns of climate change, and what you need to know in 2019.

A Brief Definition of Climate Change

To start, we want to define climate change. It can be referred to as an evidenced climate system change that is discernible from natural variability, and consistent with human interference with the environment. These changes are negatively impacting the natural environment. Climate change is felt in many ways, such as increased severity and frequency of heatwaves, fire conditions, marine heatwaves, and wildlife extinction.

CO₂ Concentrations over Time

Greenhouse gases released from industrial bodies are generated by burning fossil fuels, which occurs on a domestic scale as well, such as driving a car and using electricity. Atmospheric CO₂ concentrations are measured at key global measuring stations, and levels have remained above 400 parts per million since 2016. The combined concentration of all greenhouse gases exceeds the equivalent of 500 parts per million, as of mid-2018. These milestones have never been crossed in human history, and likely not for 2 million years prior.

Increase in Fire Weather Conditions

A collaborative, global research endeavor, funded by NASA, used global climate data from three reanalysis platforms and three different fire danger rating systems to explore and come to understand the relationship between climate change and the lengthening of global fire weather seasons.

Researchers from Rocky Mountain Research Station, South Dakota State University, University of Tasmania, Desert Research Institute and the United States Forest Service Region 1 collaborated to bring this research to light.

The study found that global mean fire weather season length has increased by 16.3%, with increases recorded across 23.8% of the Earth’s vegetated land surface. This translates as follows: fire seasons are lasting longer and affecting a lot more vegetated areas than was previously expected.

In conjunction, the researchers found that global burnable areas have near doubled, thus increasing the frequency of long fire weather seasons as well. With the addition of ignition sources and available fuel, fire weather conditions could drastically encroach on a large area of the earth’s surface, both developed and undeveloped.

Ocean Temperature and PH Changes

Another area of interest that many talk about is the rise in ocean temperatures, globally, in the last 100 hundred years or so. Rising global temperatures brings with it a rise in oceanic temperatures, which has hugely impacted the volume of arctic glaciers and icebergs. With the melting of polar ice, so the global oceans creep further up their shores, as well. Global average sea level has risen approximately 20cm since 1880.

This knock-on effect Is not the only issue, however. Unfortunately, greenhouse gases and carbon emissions are also leaching into the oceans by diffusion, reacting chemically with the seawater and resulting in a lowered PH level. In short, the ocean is becoming more acidic.

This is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of myriad, if not most, oceanic life, as seen by mass bleaching events in parts of the Great Barrier Reef (to name but one) linked to marine heatwaves and acidification.

In Summary

It is a bleak outlook, but we need to remember that our thoughts regarding climate change should be global, but our actions should be local. We need to introduce meaningful alternatives to our actions and purchases to reduce our domestic impact on the environment. Further, we need to put pressure on commercial organisations to meet global standards and in fact, to exceed those expectations, to do what is right.

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