Global Warming: Ways To Stop Climate Change...Find Out!
What is Global Warming?
An increase in the temperature of earth due to green- house gases like carbon dioxide, methane is called global warming.
With increased industrialization burning of fuels in homes and rising population more carbon dioxide is released. On the other hand the decreases in vegetation and afforestation there is less utilization of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. Thus the level of carbon dioxide is higher and this leads to more trapping of solar radiation on the earth and thus raising the earth?s temperature.
Global warming is likely to be the greatest threat of our century. Find out its causes and effects, innovative solutions to climate change
Effects of global warming:
- Polar ice caps melt and coastal areas get flooded
- Economic consequences ? more money will be spent in keeping homes and work place cool thus increasing the expenditure in air conditioning
- Spread of disease ? as the northern countries warm, disease carrying insects migrate north, bringing plague and disease with them. Indeed some scientists believe that in some countries thanks to global warming, malaria has not been fully eradicated
- Activity of nitrogen fixing bacteria will be affected, thereby decreasing the soil fertility.
The first way to prevent climate change is to move away from fossil fuels. What are the alternatives? Renewable energies like solar , wind, biomass and geothermal.
Energy & water efficiency:
Producing clean energy is essential, but reducing our consumption of energy and water by using more efficient devices (e.g. LED light bulbs, innovative shower system) is less costly and equally important.
Promoting public transportation, carpooling, but also electric and hydrogen mobility, can definitely help reduce CO2 emissions and thus fight global warming.
In order to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings - caused by heating, air conditioning, hot water or lighting - it is necessary both to build new low energy buildings, and to renovate the existing constructions.
Sustainable agriculture & forest management
Encouraging better use of natural resources, stopping massive deforestation as well as making agriculture greener and more efficient should also be a priority.
Responsible consumption & recycling
Adopting responsible consumption habits is crucial, be it regarding food (particularly meat), clothing, cosmetics or cleaning products. Last but not least, recycling is an absolute necessity for dealing with waste.
Burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil, and gasoline raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Global climate change is certainly one of the top environmental issues today.
You can help to reduce the demand for fossil fuels, which in turn reduces global warming, by using energy more wisely.