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Today, we are flooded with the words global warming, read articles about it, watched programs concerning it and among others. What is global warming, anyway? This is simply defined as the increase in the average temperature on the earth but scientists prefer to refer to it as climate change rather than global warming. A rise in as little as 1 degree Celsius has significant effects to the air temperature of the earth resulting to various chain reactions on the earths natural ecosystem.

Over the last one hundred years, studies revealed that the earths temperature rose to about 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit or 1 degree Celsius. The figure does not seem much yet it has brought several catastrophic disasters in our planet. There have been so many reports as to the causes of climate change and the contributing factors and its effects to nature along with campaigns to educate the masses. It is believed that mans unscrupulous abuse of nature due to inventions that emit harmful gases, chemicals that pollute rivers and oceans and practices that destroy the natural habitats of plants and animals may have caused what we are experiencing presently. Thus it is our duty as residents of the earth to help by starting in our own very homes.

Let us help mother earth through waste segregation right from our homes. Dividing biodegradables from non-biodegradables will definitely lessen the garbage collectors worries as their work will not only be lessened but also the amount of garbage that will possibly clog our drainage and pollute our seas is also decreased. Biodegradables can be buried in our backyards to rot and after some time, can be mixed with soil for our flower pots. Non-biodegradables can be given or sold to backyard industry involved in various recycling activities.

Avoid using aerosol sprays containing chlorofluorocarbons or CFC for hairs, deodorizers, insect sprays, refrigerators and air conditioners as they are harmful not only to the air such that it depletes the ozone layer of the earth but also to our health and the environment. Though there have been laws regulating the production of CFCs since 1970s because of their destructive components, it was only in the year 1990 that world leaders agreed to ban the chemical and that a protocol for its complete elimination in the year 2000 was called for.

Choose an organic way of farming or patronize agricultural products produced through organic farming. Some environment-friendly organizations such as organic farming industry are actively involved in educating farmers and assisting them through livelihood projects such as farming without using detrimental and poisonous chemicals in tending their crops. Research shows that chemicals that are being used in conventional farming such as pesticides and insecticides in farm produce served on our tables have hidden dangerous effects to our health and have caused some illnesses such as cancers and Alzheimers disease. Insecticides that kill bugs feeding on crops have harmful phosphorous content while fungicides that kill fungus that grow on and surrounding crops contain copper and mercury.

So, supporting environmental concerns and campaign does not need to be done actively such as marching into the streets with placards and banners shouting your purpose but can be done at home in a silent but productive manner. The results of studies have led to some manufacturers from food items to utility services to promote and use methods and materials that do not harm the environment.

Starting your own backyard farming at home will not just save you a few bucks from gasoline going to the market but more importantly, from using your car and emitting unnecessary air pollutants. Although not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, all you may need is to buy organic fertilizer around for a bountiful harvest. If you are having problems tending to your unhealthy ornamental plants, an liquid aerator may just be the answer to your gardening needs.

You probably heard about the greatest environmental threat of our time: the global warming. Maybe you think that your personal attitude and household consumption don’t have such a big effect on our beautiful blue planet. You’re right. But more people would change this situation. Now you think that you’ve heard it for thousands of times, and you know that other people think the same way and won’t do anything to protect our planet. It’s not your business, there are the green peace activists to solve this problem. But what makes you think that others don’t try to change? Nowadays more and more articles and films deal with this topic. So, let’s imagine that you are interested in the global warming problem, and you tend to take some steps.

A thick layer of atmosphere, which grows thinner further out into space, surrounds the Earth. The atmosphere is consists mainly of Nitrogen. 21% of the atmosphere is Oxygen while just around 1% of the atmosphere consists of other gases like Carbon Dioxide. When sunlight strikes the Earth, some of it escapes back into the atmosphere, but the presence of ‘greenhouse gases’ like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, prevents all the radiation from escaping out into space. These gasses trap the sun’s radiation, heat and energy, and therefore, the Earth’s temperature remains warm. So, more and more of the Earth’s radiation gets trapped by the atmosphere and the Earth gradually gets warmer and warmer. It is believed that over the past century the Earth has grown warmer by around 1 degree F. This is called global warming, which occurs due to the greenhouse effect.

Vehicles and their widespread use are the leading producer of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. So your car also produces a lot of greenhouse gases. There are several ways you can limit this. For example, you can use public transport or walk more often; you can choose a fuel-efficient model when buying a car; or you can drive more fuel-efficiently. But there is another great solution: carpooling.

Do you have more cars in your family? All members of the family leave from home at a different time? Usually you go to work alone by car? Then, you are a main enemy of your environment. If you can travel with your family, try to use one car. It may takes more time, but means less consumption of oil and you can also save money. If you don’t have a family, or you really can’t travel together with somebody, try to use carpool services. There are several sites helping you to find other people interested in carpooling. It doesn’t matter where you live, carpooling has become widespread all over the world. Leave your car home and share a ride with somebody who travels to the same destination. Just try to avoid empty seats in your car, carpool whenever possible, and you already did a lot.

Car exhaust fumes extremely contribute to global warming. The United States, as Al Gore writes, is responsible for some 30 percent of greenhouse gas pollution, more “than South America, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Japan, and Asia — all put together.” Embarrassingly. You can watch his new film, An Inconvenient Truth, which might have little effect on you if you are not ready yet.

Fruzsina Csery is a freelance copywriter, she occasionally writes for Carpooling.

The global environment is the entirety of our planets natural systems. It encompasses ecosystems, climate, geology, regional environments, and human societies and artificial environments. It can also be termed as Mother Nature or Mother Earth in a broader perspective. It can also be described simply as the state of our surroundings.

Global Warming
Global warming is the phenomenon of abnormal changes in the global environment because of continuously increasing temperatures of the Earths near-surface air and oceans. One of the main causes of global warming is the thinning of the ozone layer due to the release of ozone destructive chemicals in the atmosphere that breakdown the O2 particles of the said layer. Such occurrence is also known as ozone depletion.

The green house effect is also considered a major, if not the biggest contributor to global warming. The green house effect warms the earth by trapping the heat from the sun, preventing it from rising out of our atmosphere. Carbon monoxide and other pollutants make heat remain near the earths surface, similar to how a green house absorbs heat and prevents it from getting out.

Through the years, global warming has become synonymous with climate change because experts believe that of all the effects of the earth surface heating up, climate change is the most disturbing and dangerous.
Abnormal amounts of rainfall occur all over the world because of the change in weather patterns brought about by changes in temperature. Days or even weeks equivalent of rain sometime pour down in a matter of hours. Such heavy rainfall can cause destructive floodings.
Abnormally high temperatures can also cause very high evaporation rates that lead to more frequent and longer lasting droughts. Such droughts can lead to famine and food shortage in some areas.
The rapid changes in temperature have caused more and stronger hurricanes and storms.
Another abnormal change in the global environment brought about by global warming is the rapid rising of sea levels. This is because abnormally high temperatures are melting the polar ice caps. Sea levels have already risen severely in the past decades and some countries are beginning to become submerged in water. Ocean waters in some regions have also become acidic and dangerous to life. Acidic waters coupled with high sea-surface temperatures have already claimed the life of over a quarter of the worlds known coral reefs.

Changes in the global environment due to climate change have caused sudden changes in the planets ecosystems. Hundreds of plant and animal species which have failed to adapt to the abrupt changes have already faced extinction.

Measures need to be taken now before even mankind is pushed to the brink of extinction. One move being pushed by the United Nations is the use of green sources of energy instead of the conventional ones that pollute the environment. Support for the sustainability industry is being called for and waste-to-energy processes are under extensive research and development. The newest discovery in green technologies is the biosphere gasification process which involves the efficient and eco-friendly conversion of solid wastes into green electricity.

Darewin Amio Ocampo is a technical writer for the Search Engine Optimization Department of True Bio Electric – a company belonging to the True Green Energy Group. TBE converts your waste into clean green electricity using the revolutionary Biosphere Technology.

With gas prices on the rise and an the ever increasing cost of living, people are looking for ways to cut back and save money. Electric mopeds, electric bicycles and gas powered scooters can reduce the use of gas and  also play an important role in  stopping climate change. Scooters are also a fun and safe way to travel.

So there are many benefits in owing either an electric moped, electric bicycle or gas powered scooter. If you care deeply about the environment but have to arrange your own mode of travel then either of these options would make an excellent choice.

You have to wear some protective gear when riding a scooter, as well as your passenger, because even though a scooter seems safe, even the smallest accident can prove fatal. So you always be careful and alert. And drive smart. And always, always wear the helmet. Getting auto insurance for your scooter is the next thing you should think of. Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere, so it is best to be prepared.

But what about the plethora of arguments in favor of scooters? Isn’t there something wrong with the balance? Scooters are cheaper to run, they use less fuel on average, they take up less space, are easier to park, less prone to severe congestion and more importantly they are better for the environment. One person commuting daily to work on a standard commuter bike uses less fossil fuel and produces far less CO2 and does far less damage to the climate than cars and SUVs. This is a proven fact.

If a pros and cons list is made, scooters would win hands down.If you use scooters for your business, say pizza delivery, it is still cost-effective and environmentally friendly to deploy scooters. So, you should make the right decision when buying a vehicle and weigh the necessary constraints.