We are experiencing drastic climate changes every day, sometimes it is too hot and sometimes it is too cold. Why? This is all because of Global Warming.
Global Warming implies a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants. Global warming is projected to have a number of effects on the oceans. Ongoing effects include rising sea levels due to thermal expansion and melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and warming of the ocean surface, leading to increased temperature stratification.
Under a dual onslaught of global warming and localized urban heating, the cities maybe as much as 8 degrees Celsius warmer by 2100, researchers have warned. This projection is due to the worst case
scenario assumption that the emissions of the planet greenhouse gases continue to rise through the 21 st century. The Coral bleaching on Australia’s great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless the greenhouse gases emmissions are cut, the scientists have said.
China’s landmass has warmed more quickly than the global average, and is vulnerable to other environmental stresses such as water shortages. This is an alarming situation for all of us and there is a need to reduce global warming by taking small initiatives in our daily lives for example :-
- Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
- Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit more often. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive!
- You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
- Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
- It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by taking shorter and cooler showers and washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water (more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year).
- Avoid products with a lot of packaging. You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you reduce your garbage by 10 percent.
- Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
- Turn off electronic devices. Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer, when you’re not using them, will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
So, by practicing these simple steps everyday ,we can contribute in the prevention of Global warming and help in saving our Mother Earth.