Global Warming

By Marissa Juarez

Intoduction

Global Warming is 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 becoming a concern in our society today due to the many negative effects it has on the world's environment.


The Problem

Global warming is an observed increase in Earth’s average surface temperature. Although the planet has naturally warmed and cooled over long periods of time, there is concern today that human action is causing far more warming than would occur normally. This is greatly adding to the heat energy in the atmosphere and ocean and contributing to such projected or observed changes as sea levels rise, shifts in precipitation patterns, and changes to the life-cycle and habitat of many plants and animals. There is also concern that existing or continued warming could cause unanticipated or abrupt changes for which many living things (including humans) could find it difficult to adapt.
One of the problems with Global Warming is how it is affecting our air. California's past Governor, Schwarzenegger, signed legislation called The Global Warming Solutions Act - that sets a statewide goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020. The University of California is going to help them reach that goal. US has been involved in studying climate change and exploring ways to curb global warming. The climate change effects the water systems in California more than it effects any other part of the environment. If there are no changes in global warming this would make a huge impact on their economy.


Addressing the Problem

The things we can do to reduce global warming: use less fossil fuels, recycle, drive less, buy energy efficient products, and save electricity. We can try to use less of the fossil fuels like gasoline and natural gas. Some good ideas are to recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans that way the world can be a much cleaner place. Your community should have programs where you can recycle the things you don't need, it will make your city or town a better place to live. The fresh air will change when we begin to do these kind of things in our community. By recycling half of your household waste, you could be saving 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.


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