Reducing the Causes of Global Warming

 

What is Global Warming?

Actually Global Warming is a consequence of the greenhouse effect.

Here is a way of understanding this. Say you leave your car in the sun for a long time, then you get in it to go somewhere. It is really hot because the sun's rays are able to enter through the windows, but not able to exit. Allowing it to get hotter and hotter.

This is similar to what is happening to the planet. A blanket of gases are covering the Earth and allowing the sun's rays to pass through toward the Earth. But when they are reflected back they are absorbed and unable to pass back through. Thus causing, what we call, Global Warming.

 

A Brief History

 

In the past 150 years the earth’s temperature has been rising and lower by fractions of degrees. However, since about 1970 the temperature has been on the rise. From about 1850 to about 1930 the temperature has been rising and lowering. However since about 1930 the temperature has been steadily increasing. Then it will keep increasing until something is done. We all need to make some sacrifices so that we can live in a healthy environment. See below to find ways you can help.

Well, what is the cause of this?

Gases such as primarily water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and CFCs, are able to absorb the sun's rays as they are reflected and do not allow the rays to pass back through. Since we have increased our activities, so have the natural levels of these gases. Then besides the levels of natural gases increasing so have the amounts of new gases that we have produced.

Buy cutting and destroying our trees we are not allowing them to absorb the CO2 that is needed to be absorbed. Less and less CO2 is being absorbed due to the destroying of plants that absorb CO2. Then not only is there less CO2 being soaked up, when we destroy a tree the stored is released back into the atmosphere.

Another way chemicals effect the Earth is that they destroy the ozone layer. These chemicals create a hole that allows harmful rays to enter the atmosphere and reach the Earth's surface. The more these rays enter the Earth, the smaller in density the planktons get. Planktons are the primary carbon sink of the planet. When they et smaller less CO2 will be absorbed from the atmosphere.

Thus these things allow Global Warming to be more and more effective.

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What can you do?

Well you can learn more about this global problem. Make it know to others that we are the ones who ill make a difference with this problem.

You can write to your local media outlets, demanding that they place articles in their business trend so that people know what is happening. They are the ones who are responsible for presenting this information to the pubic and making us aware of this problem.

Go to your government officials and demand that they fulfil our country’s commitment to stabilizing the greenhouse effect.

When you do something take responsibility for making small sacrifices in your everyday life. See below for things that you can do to help.

You can also help by supporting the development of renewable energy technologies and other things that will help reduce global warming.

20 Steps that you can follow that can help to reduce Global Warming. www.edf.org/want2help/b_gw20steps.html

Home Appliances

Home Heating and Cooling

Small Payments that Pay Off

Getting Around

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

 

Home Improvements

 

Schools, Businesses, Communities

 

Also see: http://www.greenpeace.org/%7Eclimate/climatefaq.html

 

What will happen if we do nothing?

 

Quotes

 

"We are all in this together. No country can opt out of global warming, or fence in its own private climate" -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair at UN General Assembly special session, June 1997

"The science is clear and compelling; we humans are changing the climate. No nation can escape its responsibility" -- US President Bill Clinton, at UN General Assembly special session, June 1997

"Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are at their highest level in more than 200 000 years and climbing sharply" -- US President Bill Clinton, at UN General Assembly special session, June 1997

"There can be no question but that the findings meet the highest standards of scientific integrity" -- US under-secretary of state Timothy Wirth castigated the skeptics at a UN climate conference, July 1996.

"There must be tough, binding targets in Japan and no industrialized country must be allowed to duck its responsibilities" -- John Prescott, UK deputy prime minister, at UN General Assembly special session, June 1997

"We have grown rich on pollution. Our standards of living have been secured by the very processes that now threaten to destabilize our climate" -- John Gummer, former UK environment secretary, June 1997

"No generation has a freehold on this Earth. All we have is a life tenancy -- with a full repairing lease" -- Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister, 1988

"Rising sea levels could annihilate our islands as effectively as an atomic bomb." -- Marshall Islands foreign minister Tom Kijiner at UN conference of small island states, 1994

 

 

 

 

Remember you are the key to stopping Global Warming!!!!

 

 

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More Questions? http://www.greenpeace.org/%7Eclimatefaq.html

 

 

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