Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Global Warming : Its no myth

A February 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that global warming is happening and is primarily the result of human activities. The report warns that continued warming will bring stronger storms, rising sea levels, and more intense rain and floods.

Scientists say we can avoid the worst effects of global warming by preventing average global temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels. To have a good chance of remaining below this threshold, we must reduce global warming pollution enough to stabilize atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide equivalent at 450 parts per million. This requires a global emission reduction of 50 percent by mid century.

What Can You Do?

You can reduce your personal contribution to global warming and set an example for others by using less gasoline, natural gas, oil, and electricity in your daily life.

  • When buying a car, choose one that is highly fuel efficient. For every single gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide go into the atmosphere.
  • Instead of driving alone in your car, join a carpool, take mass transit, walk, or ride a bike.
  • When looking for an appliance, purchase a highly efficient model. You can tell by looking for the Energy Star.
  • Ask your local electric or gas utility to perform an energy audit of your house or apartment. Then put the recommendations into practice.
  • Develop a plan to reduce daily electricity use around your home. Ask each member of your household to take responsibility for a different electricity-saving action.
    • children may check to make sure all lights are off in house when leaving
    • adolescents could be responsible for making sure that all doors and windows are shut at night
    • teenagers may change a/c filters and check for debris around outside unit.
    • adults should lower/raise thermostats or install an automatic thermostat

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