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What You Should Know About Global Warming

Despite the fact that global warming is an issue that has seen an increase in exposure and media times, it is still an issue that many individuals are unfamiliar with. Do you know about global warming? If not, you will want to continue reading on.

The first step in familiarizing yourself with global warming is knowing what it is. Global warming is a phrase that is used to describe the warming of the earth’s temperature. This rise in temperature is due to greenhouse gases. As for what is causing global warming, there is some debate. Global warming has a number of different causes, such as extreme vehicle use, carbon dioxide emissions from homes, as well as industrial factories.

As previously stated, global warming is an issue that is widely debated. While a good percentage of celebrities, meteorologists, scientists, and other well known figures do agree that global warming is a real issue, namely one that needs to be dealt with right away, there are others who feel it is nothing but a myth. Many believe that global warming is a ploy by environmental organizations to receive money and others claim that the slight warming of the earth is a natural occurrence.

Returning back to global warming, many of us are already starting to see the affects now. For example, glaciers and other snow and ice masses are melting. Yes, this melting has always been occurring and it has always been anticipated, but it is happening at a much faster rate than previously predicted. We are also noticing a change in our weather, namely the temperatures. Many areas of the United States are seeing

shorter winters, with fall or even summer like temperatures.

In addition to the global warming affects that we are seeing now, it is also important to familiarize yourself with the changes that are expected to occur in the future. Unfortunately, many of these changes can have a negative impact on our planet, our way of life, and the economy in general. As previously stated, polar glaciers and ice masses are melting at a quicker rate of speed. This is predicted to result in coastal flooding. This flooding can make previously habitable costal areas uninhabitable. In areas unaffected by coastal flooding, drought is a concern.

If global warming is a topic that concerns you, you may want to do your part to help. While this is another aspect of global warming that is widely debated, it is believe that humans can take steps to stop or at least reduce the affects of global warming. Many of the affordable steps that you can take involve ensuring that all lights and appliances in your home are turned off when not in use. Other ways to reduce your energy, as well as lessen the carbon dioxide emissions from your home involve turning down your heat, making sure your home is well insulated, and using energy efficient appliances, such as those that come with the Energy Star label.

As stated numerous times above, global warming is an issue that has caused much debate and opposition. For that reason, you may be unsure if global warming is even an issue that should concern you. Regardless of your viewpoints, the possibility of global warming having an impact on our planet is quite horrific. Since many of the global warming prevention tips suggested are easy and affordable, you may want to consider implementing them anyways.

2 - What is Global Warming?

There is a good chance that you have heard of global warming before. After all, global warming is regularly talked about on the radio, television, and even on the internet. Although there is a good chance that you have heard of global warming before, you may not necessarily know what it is. There is a large amount of debate circulating the theory of global warming and these debates often lead to confusion.

In scientific terms, global warming is defined as the process that results in the earth’s temperature rising. This rise in temperature is attributed to an increase in greenhouse gases. These gases are raising the earth’s temperatures to levels that concern many meteorologists and scientists.

When it comes to global warming and the increase in the earth’s temperature, there are many individuals who wonder why all of the concern. In many aspects, a slight rise in temperate is not shocking, but there seems to be no relief. The rise of the earth’s temperature will also lead to temperature increases on the ground. The fear is that these temperature increases will lead to the melting of large ice masses. The fear is that these melting masses will result in a sea level rise that could result in flooding all around the world. If so, millions of individuals may be displaced from their homes, with their cities and towns underwater.

Another question commonly asked about global warming is how does it impact us now. While we are starting to see many changes in our weather and with the earth’s temperature, these changes may or may not be attributed to global warming. This is where the debate once again enters the picture. Regardless, if the earth’s temperature continues to rise you may not see the changes firsthand, but your children will. These changes may include warming temperatures, as well as stronger storms, and varying weather conditions around the globe.

Speaking of the global warming debate, there are many scientists, as well as politicians and other well known figures who claim that global warming is nothing to be concerned with. In fact, many claim that reducing green house gas emissions, especially from industrial related activities, can have a worse impact on our economy than global warming. What is difficult for many about the global warming debate is that both sides claim to have proof that backs up their views and theories.

Many also wonder who will be impacted the most by global warming. As previously stated, you may not see the affects of global warming in your lifetime, but your children or their children may. That is why you are urged to take action or at least examine global warming in-depth to see what there is that you can do to help. Global warming could have an impact on where your future family members are able to live, the activities that they are able to participate in, and the economy in general.

In addition to your future family, global warming will also have an impact on sea and wildlife. It has been said that coral reefs are becoming unstable due to the large amounts of toxins in our waters. Many animals rely on coral reefs for shelter and food. There is also concern for other wildlife, including bears. There have been some unverified reports that bears are hibernating later in the year. This can have a huge impact on the wildlife cycle, as well as the outdoor activities enjoyed by many humans.

As previously stated, if you are concerned with the impact that global warming may have on your future family, you may want to take action. Although global warming itself is largely debated, many state that the prevention tips often suggested are ones that can do great good for the earth anyways. These tips involve keeping your heat at a moderate level, using energy efficient light bulbs, limiting your car use, or purchasing a hybrid or another energy efficient vehicle.

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