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What is global warming and why should you care about it?
Global warming refers to our planet’s temperature. Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. Global warming occurs when Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface.
Normally, this radiation would escape into space—but these pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter.
Scientists say that the earth’s rising temperatures are fueling longer and hotter heat waves, more frequent droughts, heavier rainfall, and more powerful hurricanes.
What Evidence do we know about global warming?
Per NASA they have listed several facts to prove global warming is actually occurring and we must do something about it.
- Global Temperature Rises- The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.
- Warming Oceans – The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters of ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.
- Shrinking Ice Sheets- Data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost an average of 286 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016, while Antarctica lost about 127 billion tons of ice per year during the same time period.
- Sea Level Rise- Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century and is accelerating slightly every year.
- Extreme Events – The number of high-temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low-temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950.
- Decreased Snow Cover – Satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and that the snow is melting earlier.
Why should you care about global warming?
Well, global warming isn’t a myth. We can see the effects of it starting from these days. If we won’t take action, and save our planet this is what will happen in 20 years:
- The glaciers will melt, which will raise the water level on Earth and islands like Venice, New York City and more, will be erased.
- Because of the melting glaciers, the bacteria of old diseases will come out and we’ll have to fight old and serious diseases that came back to our planet.
- Because of the climate changes, there will be massive heat waves that would start big fires and will harm agriculture.
- Impact on the water quality that will lead to a global water shortage. Rising the sea level can also cause the depletion of freshwater as a result of saltwater aquifers.
Don’t you want to live a good life in a good future?
Don’t you want your kids to even have a future?
Here are a few little things that if we all do in our homes, we can make a huge impact and stop global warming:
– Reduce water waste and use less hot water- I am not saying stop showing. Did you know that your washer uses more water then you do when you shower? Wash your clothes with cold or warm water instead of hot so you aren’t using energy to heat the water.
– Eat the food you buy, and eat less meat.
– Buy better bulbs – LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents (they are also cheaper since they last longer).
– Electricity in your home – this is one of the most harmful things we do to the environment. Don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use. Go solar if you can as some programs while actually pay for you to do so as it can reduce your home’s carbon dioxide emissions up to 80%. Another option is to invest in a drying rack as it will not only save on your electricity bill, but also on carbon dioxide emissions.
– Try switching your car to an electric car (when buying a new car).
– Maintain your ride – keep this in mind – If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year.
This is the most minor thing you can do that makes the most impact on the environment.
Separating your trash and recycling is the easiest thing you can do that will impact the world the most. The average person makes 2.5 Kg of garbage a day! This means that in one year, you make 912.5 Kg of trash that gets thrown outside in our nature and harms our planet the most.
Try reducing garbage, by using fewer plastic bags and switching to reusable grocery bags. Use the most out of paper products or limit them by investing in Norwex Counter Cloths (think about all the trees that were cut down, that instead of helping us breath clean air, is used as paper).
The point is, try making less garbage and recycling every product that you can!
LET’S SAVE OUR PLANET!