Global Warming

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Global Warming

Global Warming

How's it happening?

What can we do?

Air pollution and global warming affect plants, animals, and humans. How is this happening, what is it doing to us, and what can we do about it? First we can find out the causes of air pollution and global warming; we can identify how it is effecting our planet and our lives; and then we can find ways to help reduce air pollution and global warming.

What causes global warming?One cause is deforestation-trees help take carbon dioxide out of the air and release oxygen (Facing the Futrue, 2013). Another cause is the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (NRDC, 2005). When too much carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, it becomes trapped along with methane and water vapor causing an increase in earth's temperature (Facing the Future, 2013). In fact, the United States releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country (National Wildlife Federation, 2013).

Carbon Dioxide emissions by an average American family:1/2 to heat and cool the house1/4 for transportation1/4 for electricity (National Wildlife Federation, 2013)

ReferencesBailey, D. (2011), Gasping the air: Toxins continue to make millions sick and shorten lives, NRDC, retrieved from http://www.nrdc.org/health/airpollutionhealthimpacts.aspDo Something (2013), 11 facts about global warming, website, retrieved from http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-global-warmingFacing the Future (2013), Climate change fast facts and quick actions, website, retrieved from https://www.facingthefuture.org/TakeAction/ClimateChange/ClimateChangeFastFacts/tabid/175/Default.aspx#.Upp_FMSkq3gFitriarman, B. (2010), Stop global warming now 2009, poster, image retrieved from http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles4/161267/projects/832353/af2d3e5fd51faa6ea6c1255457995149.jpgKnowlton, K. DrPH (2011), Climate change threatens health, NRDC, retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RMVjpalPO74Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (2011), Global warming basics, website, retrieved fromhttp://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/f101.asp#1National Wildlife Federation (2013), Fast facts about climate change, retrieved from http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School/Pathways/Climate-Change/Facts.aspx

What are the risks?Increased surface temperatures cause water temperatures to rise putting coral reefs and marine life at risk of extinction (Do Something, 2013).Increased occurance of drought, hurricanes, forest fires, and melting of polar ice caps causing sea levels to rise (Do Something, 2013).Increased surface temperatures also cause health problems for those with asthma and allergies, decrease lung function, have been linked to birth defects, along with heat related illnesses(Bailey, 2011).

So what can we do?We can reduce the amount we drive. Consider taking a bike to work, or car pool. Support clean energy initiatives and programs.We can plant trees, or support orgaizations that plant trees.We can support local orgainc markets.We can switch to compact flourescent bulbs that last longer and use less energy.Donate to or volunteer time to organizations that take action to help reduce global warming. We can visit these websites: Facing the Future www.facingthefuture.org or Do Something www.dosomething.org


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