News Update For Climate Change

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CLIMATE is CHANGING! What do we know about Natural Greenhouse Effect?

People often get confused with the idea of greenhouse effect. Questions that are being asked around are, how does it work? Thanks to science. We know that it 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.

What is Anthropogenic Greenhouse effect? How is it different from other gases?

Anthropogenic means caused or produced by human activities. Sources of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions include the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, raising of livestock, use of fertilizers, and so on. The difference between a greenhouse effect and an anthropogenic effect is that anthropogenic greenhouse effect is caused by humans activities and greenhouse gases effect is natural.

Humans have accelerated the greenhouse effect! But how?

Humans have accelerated the greenhouse effect by creating more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than are necessary to warm the planet to an ideal temperature, like Burning natural gas, coal and oil, Some farming practices and land-use changes increase the levels of methane and nitrous oxide.

Many factories produce long-lasting industrial gases that do not occur naturally, Deforestation also contributes to global warming. Trees use carbon dioxide and give off oxygen in its place, which helps to create the optimal balance of gases in the atmosphere & Population growth is another factor in global warming, because as more people use fossil fuels for heat.

Climate Change can affect our daily lives! but how?

Climate Change can affect our daily lives but how? It can affect FOOD!

Food prices are rising as climate change makes it trickier to maintain the specific conditions crops need to thrive. As the climate warms, the air holds more moisture and rainstorms become more intense, damaging crops.

Fresh water is becoming scarcer in some regions. Many mountainous states rely on snowmelt to replenish their water sources, and snowpack is declining as well as melting earlier in the season. Severe droughts, increased evaporation and changes in precipitation patterns are impacting water levels in streams, rivers and lakes. Through the climate change, More wildfires are breaking out as droughts become increasingly common. Fires that go through drought-stricken land spread more quickly and burn longer, destroying forests and homes, public recreation spaces and grasslands.

What can be done?

There are things that can help reduce the carbon footprint. Driving cars is not healthy for our environment, When possible, walk or ride your bike in order to avoid carbon emissions completely. At home don’t set the Thermostat too high or low. Add solar panels to the roof of your home if its affordable. Also Turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room, did you know that One bulb can reduce up to 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution during its lifetime. Another classic way to reduce your carbon footprint is to plant a tree in your backyard or front garden if you have one, trees provide shade and oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide.

Citations.

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  • "How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint." How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
  • "Definitions and Glossary." Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
  • "Greenhouse Effect." Department of the Environment. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.