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Effects of Global Warming

Global warming is an average increase in the temperature of the atmosphere near the Earth's surface and in the troposphere, which can contribute to changes in global climate patterns. Global warming can occur from a variety of causes, both natural and human induced. In common usage, "global warming" often refers to the warming that can occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities. Climate change affects people, plants, and animals.

Scientists have observed that some changes are already occurring. Observed effects include sea level rise, shrinking glaciers, changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, the lengthening of growing seasons, ice on rivers and lakes freezing later and breaking up earlier, and thawing of permafrost.

What can be done?

It is important to slow the warming as much as possible. This means using less fossil fuel, eliminating CFCs altogether, and slowing down deforestation.

The choices we make and the products we buy test our commitment to maintain a healthy planet. When we burn fossil fuels-such as oil, coal, and natural gas-to run our cars and light our homes, we pump carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air. This thickens the heat-trapping blanket that surrounds the planet, causing global warming.

Choosing modern technology can reduce our use of fossil fuels and help protect the planet. Here are a few ways which will help curb global warming, save you money, and create a safer environment for the future.

Harmonious holidays

Our holiday habits can be ecologically very costly. How costly exactly? Well, a return transatlantic flight will create roughly 1.3 tonnes of CO2 per passenger. To put this in perspective, an average home in the UK will use around five tonnes of CO2 all year. This is one of the reasons why lots of people are choosing to holiday at home. The message is, think before you fly.

Four wheels bad?

Our love affair with the car has got to stop... or at least change. Is public transport an option? How about walking or cycling? If not, how about sharing your journeys with others by carpooling? If you can't break it off completely with your wheels, why not investigate a hybrid, or even better an all-electric car?

Switch it off!

Did you know that the blinking red eye on television standby can use up to 50 per cent of the energy the TV uses when switched on? In fact, every electrical device you leave on consumes more energy that you would imagine, so turn them off and see your carbon production (and electricity bills) dip.







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