Climate Change

Promoting actions against climate change & greenhouse effect

What natural greenhouse effect is and how it works

The greenhouse effect is a natural process that warms the Earth’s surface. When the Sun’s energy reaches the Earth’s atmosphere, some of it is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed and re-radiated by greenhouse gases.

Anthropogenic greenhouse affect and how it is different from natural greenhouse effect

Anthropogenic green house effect is the process in which human produced greenhouse gases increase the absorption of heat energy from the sun and earths surface. Anthrogpegenic greenhouse effect is different from the natural effect because anthropegenic is human made while natural are natural gases.

How humans have accelerated the greenhouse effect and how it affects our future

The problems begin when human activities distort and accelerate the natural process by creating more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than are necessary to warm the planet to an ideal temperature. It affects our future because burning natural gas, coal, and oil including gasoline for automobile engines, raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Some farming practices and other land uses, increases the levels of methane and nitrous oxide, which pollutes the environment by releasing toxins into the air.

What we can do at home to reduce our carbon footprint

1. Lighting – By having compact fluorescent light bulbs that have that cool curly shape this saves more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular incandescent. Each bulb can save $40 or more over its lifetime.

2. Dont waste food- Do not throw away any food, make sure to get food that you like from the grocery store to prevent from being wasteful

3. Water-Conserving Shower heads & Toilets – reduce water and heating costs, even in the bathroom. To save even more water, turn the faucet off when brushing or shaving. These simple changes and steps can save many thousands of gallons of water annually.

4. Electronics – turn things off. If you’re going away or not using an item for awhile, unplug it to prevent energy loss from electricity usage on standby.

5. Solar – We love solar, but make sure to reduce your energy load first to keep your costs down to help reduce the excess CO2 that will get trapped in the earths atmosphere that will make it warmer.

Works Cited

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"How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint." Carbonfund. Carbonfund, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

West, Larry. "What Is the Greenhouse Effect?" News & Issues. N.p., 11 Feb. 2016. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.