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How global warming is affecting our lives

Date Added: November 13, 2007 01:33:53 AM

The sea level is rising- and the people are talking about the global warming. What is global warming and what can be done to reduce the effects of the global warming? There are several things in which you can contribute to reduce the global warming by slightly reducing the prevailing living standards.

Earlier, only the developed countries used to blamed for the increase in the CO2 gases. But Now developing countries like China and India also share the blame. However, one way to reduce the production of CO2 gases would be by cutting up the burning of charcoal. Since US produces the largest portion of electricity by burning coal, it can scale it down and find other alternatives of producing electricity. The combustion of charcoal creates the largest amount of CO2 per energy unit of any fossil fuel. Similarly, 80 percent of the total US fuel supply is represented by the coal and oil together. Not only reducing the demand of electricity can contribute to the reduction of the global warming but it also helps to save money and decrease air pollution. According to scientific reports, every kilowatt-hour of electricity saved keeps 1.5 to 2 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. No doubt that the US is one of the biggest consumer of energy while they also waste more energy than any other nation.

Reducing the demand on electricity can also make our lives, factories, and homes more efficient and green. There are several simple ways to help, to decrees the use of electricity around you at your home, work place, and the milieu. Plants absorb carbon dioxide, and they can reduce your dependency on the air conditioners in hot seasons.  You can plant trees on the south side of your office or home so that they can provide you cool shades in hot seasons. By installing an energy efficient thermostat, with a day and night timer also, you’d be helping a lot to save the planet.

Cars operating on electricity are the only way out to decrease the pollution created by them. One of the best way would be to buy a new fuel-efficient car. But you cannot then selling or junking your gas demanding car and buying a smaller, efficient used car would be the best idea. It would not only help you to save money on oil, parts, tires, fuel and repairs, but also help you to contribute to decrease the amount of CO2 you produce.

Similarly, the now old "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is still as effective as it was. It was not valued much then, but the need of the three processes have only increased. Another important thing would be to minimize the use of plastic as much as possible.

You should try to buy quality products that can be used for a long time. Also pay attention to buy products with less packaging too. It depends upon us if we want to judge your success on what you possess or consume or on your actions that have boosted the quality of our natural environment.

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