Global Warming

By Tia Williams

The meaning of global warming

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, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants. Global Warming is the emerging driver of habitat loss.

What causes Global Warming?

Scientists have concluded that most of the observed warming is very likely due to the burning of coal, oil, and gas. This changes of weather and climate extremes will be the most visible impact of global warming in our everyday lives. It is also causing dangerous changes to the landscape of our world, adding stress to wildlife species and their habitat.

Why Is Global Warming is a threat to wildlife?

Increasing global temperatures are expected to disrupt ecosystems, pushing to extinction those species that cannot adapt. Our country is home to a diverse array of wildlife ranging from the highest peaks, to the driest deserts, to freshwater and marine environments and to all the places in between. The abundant and diverse wildlife resources, which are so important to our culture and well-being, face a bleak future if we do not address global warming.

How we can stop and fight global warming!

We can limit global warming pollution. Choose renewable energy. Pick a Green e-certified energy supplier that generates at least half of its power from wind, solar energy and other clean sources. Drive smarter cars.. High-mileage cars such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids use less gas and save money. Over its lifetime, a 40-mpg car will save roughly $3,000 in fuel costs compared with a 20-mpg car. If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, gasoline use nationwide would come down 2 percent. Also driving less can help. Choose alternatives to driving such as public transit, biking, walking and carpooling, and bundle Making less moves in the day would also help save a lot. A tune-up could boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4 to 40 percent, and a new air filter could get you 10 percent more miles per gallon. Learn more about saving fuel and money through proper car maintenace. Buy energy efficent appliances. Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.