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Ways to Stop Global Warming

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Help out the earth a little

Whether or not you perceive global warming as a real or even partial threat, there are things you can do to stop its potential onset. At the very least the steps you can take to prevent global warming are good for the earth and oftentimes your pocketbook as well.

What is global warming?

Basically, global warming is the recent increase in the average air and ocean temperature of the Earth as well as its expected continuation. What is so controversial about it is the actual potential for danger and its causes. Though natural events like volcanoes and solar changes have caused small rises in temperatures over time, many believe that greenhouse gas emissions have a large part in this and that even if the emission levels stabilize, temperatures may continue rising for another thousand years or more. It isi projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the average global surface temperature will probably rise another 1.1-6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during this century. Right now the average temperature of the Earth is about 13 °C, or 56 °F.

Increasing temperatures can lead to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changes in precipitation. Global warming can also affect agriculture and glacier retreat and can facilitate the spread of disease and the extinctions of species.

Many countries have been working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming; some have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol for this purpose. However, others feel that this is either ineffectual or unnecessary.

Nevertheless, it is important to get the main idea that the Earth is a precious thing and needs taking care of. Whether the world is going to get flooded out or not, we should take action and make decision for the good of the Earth.

With developed nations like the United States emitting the most greenhouse gases, poorer countries like Africa are at the greatest risk of the effects of global warming. Australia suffers because of the hole in the ozone directly above it. Europe seems to be more interested in effecting change in the effects of global warming than the United States is.

A lot of people are concerned that global warming may mean the end of the world; some consider it “doomsday.” Environmental groups have launched campaigns to inform people of the possible effects of global warming.

However, many are trying to downplay the potential risks associated with global warming. For instance, fossil fuel organizations like the American Petroleum Institute and ExxonMobil have launched campaigns reducing the bad image of fuel.

The global warming issue has become a somewhat important part of the upcoming presidential campaign, with questions directed toward candidates concerning what they plan to do about it. Al Gore has already shown his interest in the issue with his popular film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Hopefully you can learn more about global warming by reading this HubPage and then be inspired to make changes in your own life that can reduce emissions and help the Earth.

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Causes of global warming

While many people pinpoint varying causes of global warming, all are gradual and have been happening for years past.

The cause that is primarily noted as the cause of global warming is greenhouse gas. First of all let’s explain the greenhouse effect, which is the process by which infrared radiation is absorbed and emitted by atmospheric gas and then warms the planet. Its existence is positive to an extent, but when human activity strengthens atmospheric concentrations, it can be a negative thing.

The main greenhouse gases on earth that contribute to the greenhouse effect are carbon dioxide, methane and ozone as well as nitrous oxide and other naturally occurring gases. The levels of carbon dioxide and methane have increased significantly over the past 650,000 years due to fossil fuels being burned, deforestation and other causes.

Currently the CO2 concentration is 383 parts per million (ppm). This is expected to rise as damaging human activity increases or even just continues. Emissions may continue to rise if coal, tar sands or methane continue to be used.

Feedback processes also can contribute to the global warming issue. The evaporation of water is a big part of this. Warming causes water to evaporate into the atmosphere and the evaporated water acts as greenhouse gases, thus the cycle continues. This takes a while to be reversed because CO2 has a long lifespan.

Clouds can emit infrared radiation back to Earth, which causes a warming effect, while also reflecting sun and radiation back to space for cooling. Cloud feedback isn’t as strong as water vapor feedback.

There is also ice-albedo feedback; this is when ice near the poles melts quickly as surface temperatures rise. Land and open water replace the areas where ice melted; these do not reflect as well as ice, so more radiation is absorbed. Thus there is more warming and more melting, etc.

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Finally, solar variation is considered a cause of global warming. Some researchers, such as from Duke University, believe that the sun may have created 45-50 percent of the increase in average global temperature from 1900-2000 and 25-35 percent from 1980-2000. It is also considered that solar output may have contributed to global warming; the magnetic properties of the sun may deflect cosmic rays, influencing cloud condensation and thus affecting the Earth’s climate.

An increase in solar activity may cause a warming of the stratosphere. However, it is considered by some scientists such as Peter Foukal that solar variation combined with changing volcanic activity may have increased temperatures before industrial times but decreased temperatures since. Basically solar variation is a controversial cause of global warming.

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Steps To Stop Global Warming

• Drive an energy-efficient car. For instance, hybrid cars run on gas and electricity. The average hybrid can save 16,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (which is considered a greenhouse gas emission) a year! And $3,750 in gas money! Pay attention to the MPG (miles per gallon) of a car you may want to buy. No SUVs! Read consumer reports about which vehicles are most energy-efficient.

• While on the subject of cars, make sure that tires are properly inflated or else you can release as much as 250 extra pounds of carbon dioxide annually. If you have an old air filter, that can also cost an extra 800 pounds of CO2 and $130 a year. Check these monthly.

• Check your water heater (or don’t use it at all). Keeping it at less than 120 degrees F can save money and emissions. An extra two degrees can save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $98 a year! If you go tankless, you can save 300 pounds of CO2 and $390 a year.

• Also, don’t use hot water if you don’t need to, like when doing laundry. There are special detergents formulated for use with cold water. You don’t need to take cold baths or anything, but a few minutes early out of the shower helps. Showers account for 2/3 of water heating costs and shorter showers can mean reducing 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Try using low-flow showerheads too.

• Speaking of laundry, try air-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer… this can save 700 pounds and $75 a year.

• Take care with your appliances. Unplug them when you don’t use them; this saves 1,000 pounds and $256 a year because appliances still use energy if they’re plugged in, even when not in use. You can get a power strip with an on-off switch so you can keep plugs in but they don’t all have to be used. Also try going with blue Energy Star label products.

• Look at your light bulbs! Get energy-saving ones. Compact fluorescent bulbs use 66 percent less energy and replacing just 3 regular bulbs can mean saving 300 pounds and $60 each year.

• Buy recycled products. Also try donating or selling instead of throwing away… craigslist.com is a great way to do that!

• As far as consumerism, try buying products with less packaging! It kills me going through all the layers of plastic covering and plastic wrap and paper wrapping and ties and such! Buying in bulk can mean less packaging and less money being spent. Plus more food is just better to have around.

• Ceiling fans are a pretty harmless way to cool down a room without using an air conditioner. It uses less energy and can be considered a comfort.

• Plant trees! Not only do they suck up carbon dioxide, provide cleaner air and save 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year, but you can strategize where you place them so they can shade your home. Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter so sun can warm your home as well.

• Install blinds in your windows and keep windows and doors shut during the day to keep it cooler.

• Buy organic. Large agricultural sources use chemicals, which pollute water and require energy to produce. And use cloth bags while you’re at it instead of those plastic bags!

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Comments

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on February 13, 2019:

Excellent. Keep writing about this.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on June 09, 2013:

How about a hybrid SUV? Is that OK?

teddy on May 04, 2013:

tnx guyz for saving our countres from global warming tnx a lot love ur all

super horny on April 24, 2013:

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nicomp really from Ohio, USA on January 17, 2013:

What is the temperature of the Earth supposed to be?

dani on August 22, 2012:

Good hub I have ever seen

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on June 20, 2012:

@Conan98:

"Can't we run a series of big tubes up to 30,000 feet or so and let the cold air naturally sink, cooling strategic parts of the earth?"

ummm... no.

no on June 20, 2012:

this was all a load of crap! !PATHETIC!

man dude guy on May 13, 2012:

this is a great website about global warming.

The 1st video told the truth of global warming.

I got an 48 out of 50 in my project and most of my

facts were from this site.

It has really been helpful to me

Reve from Dhaka on March 21, 2012:

Best way to stop global warming is to reduce level of Carbon di oxide and Nitrogen, lead on the atmosphere. Thanks for your thoughtful hub :)

tvsen from UK on March 11, 2012:

Nice post. Thanks alot.

NiNA LAE on March 11, 2012:

COLLIES RULE.

toby on February 21, 2012:

Great ways!

thanks for the comments

Stop global warming ASAP!!!!!!!!!

Avery Vogel on January 30, 2012:

This Web site was very resourceful. I really loved the first video, it is the simple truth and if that many people have watched it then it must be at least part of the answer! I used some of this information for part of my project and everybody was really impressed about the information that I found. Thanks!!

Pauline Denis on January 03, 2012:

I really had a detailed info about global warming it really deals with us and we potect our mother earth guys seriously if it continues our grand children are the who are going to face such a lt of problems but still try to plant trees it provides us many valueable things!

"SAVE OUR EARTH" ( or else its going happen wht happened in the film "2012"tc protect earth)

Dan Sheppard from Perth, Western Australia on December 05, 2011:

Your tips are presented with great detail, I like how you include the money saved. Most people will not doing anything to help unless they know they can save money doing so.

Conan98 on November 16, 2011:

Perhaps this is a crazy thought, but what if we actually try to cool the earth instead of trying to get 7 billion people to change the way they live? Can't we run a series of big tubes up to 30,000 feet or so and let the cold air naturally sink, cooling strategic parts of the earth?

Monika Paul on November 10, 2011:

it was very good discussion on Global warming, its very helpful to me as i m doing my research on that.Thanks

pinky on November 06, 2011:

the answer is very good

Nope on November 05, 2011:

Hmmm, one thing that I believe I should point out, global warming is a natural process and there is no way off stopping global warming unless you have complete control of the sun's temperature and the Earths orbit.

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on October 27, 2011:

nicomp, great question - one that there doesn't seem to be a universally agreed answer for!

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on October 26, 2011:

"Basically, global warming is the recent increase in the average air and ocean temperature of the Earth as well as its expected continuation."

What is the temperature of the Earth supposed to be?

billgates on September 05, 2011:

thx for the comments i hope you can stop it

bhavingada on September 02, 2011:

ya i agreee that global warming should be stopped but we can't stop it that is the fact earth has to end on day to form new one

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on August 03, 2011:

Thanks for the comments!

hania on August 03, 2011:

welldone!!!!! !!!!!!!!

princess on August 03, 2011:

welldone,

Ways to stop Global Warming on June 15, 2011:

In my opinion one of the reason of the global warming is human technology advancement. In this regard we should follow go green strategy and remember 3Rs Reduce,Reuse and Recycle.

Akshay on May 26, 2011:

i dont thimk people nowadays do enough to negate global warming

tinkerbell on April 14, 2011:

lol.

Jonah on February 13, 2011:

We should listen to all these Ideas because this is a serious thing!

nobody on January 16, 2011:

this help a lot to the earth

hj on January 04, 2011:

nice

RESHMA RAVI on November 20, 2010:

V NEED TO DO ALL THAT V CAN TO PROTECT OUR EARTH AND MAKE IT A HAPPY PLACE TO LIVE IN.

RESHMA RAVI on November 20, 2010:

REALLY GOOD INFORMATION AND V NEED TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING.

purnima dayal on November 18, 2010:

we have to change our mind for fighting to 'GLOBAL WARMING'

old greg on October 20, 2010:

this cam in handy for some assement we got 3 weeks ago thnx

HC0303 on October 03, 2010:

We certainly can do our part to help the situation. While it is not practical to ask everyone to stop driving their cars we can ask them instead to minimize carbon monoxide emission, buy cars with better fuel consumption as this helps produce lower possible emissions. Get more people to take public transport or walk more and use the car less when possible.Don't fly when you can take the train or reduce traveling if you can by using more video conferencing for business trips.

preston2farrell from White Plains on September 28, 2010:

Hey...This is the best information about global warming..i think all people should give attention on this topic..

chubatemjen on September 18, 2010:

we need to change our attitude, the way we see things around us..our planet is now on the edge of doomed..@

TopUniverse on September 07, 2010:

Global warming a serious problem in the world today, so everyone must follow and adhere to these ways.

lele on July 26, 2010:

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FLUORESCENT LIGHT from England UK on July 05, 2010:

Umm! Very interesting, it's difficult to know what to believe sometimes!

https://hubpages.com/hub/Fluorescent-Light-Lamp-Tu...

American Romance from America on June 16, 2010:

Nice write, but I believe global warming is nothing more than a power play by the wacko leftist environmentalist! this is a power play that will ruin the worlds economy! I believe this is what they talk about and desire behind closed doors. It bothers me when someone supports this theory.

blake4d on May 13, 2010:

Ok???

pichwai on May 11, 2010:

We can reduce the GLOBAL WARMING by our single effort, if each one family plant PEEPAL Tree (Indian Name of Tree, don’t know the English name).

Every one takes care of that tree than we can save the earth from global warming.

Only PEEPAL tree give Oxygen (O2) to us 24 hrs. & breathe Carbon dioxide (CO2) 24 hrs.

Rest other tree only gives Oxygen in a day and take back Oxygen in night.

So these PEEPAL Trees will helpful to remove Carbon dioxide (CO2) and save us & earth from Global warming.

Start saving earth.

https://hubpages.com/hub/Start-saving-Earth-from-G...

michaelatman from Loveland on May 06, 2010:

The anthropogenic element in global warming is far overstated. Unfortunately, it draws our attention away from far more serious matters like accumulative pollution. I notice no one is offering long-term solutions. I am. Learn about umPODS. Since we are restricted from promoting our hubs and other sites you will have to do a little searching. If you're curious, please check it out.

braudboy from Long Beach, MS on May 05, 2010:

Man-made global warming is a hoax, plain and simple. It is very naïve to buy into these theories of man causing a problem with climate when history shows a clear pattern of prior climate fluctuations well before man's industrial era. Dont be so gullible. This is merely a political tool of the left to get more government control and higher taxes into the mix.

electricsky from North Georgia on May 04, 2010:

I heard most of the CO2 emissions on our planet came from ocean evaporation, which makes sense because oceans outnumber land by about 7 to 8 parts ocean to 1 part land or something close to that. Which makes sense that it is the cause of CO2 levels in our atmosphere, however, hasn't it been that way for billions of years?

When you compare the area of meltdown (maybe a few miles) at the poles, to the whole size of the earth, the meltdown area doesn't look that big. I do not think we should support such an awesome financial undertaking to stop global warming; at this time anyways.

sendi on March 31, 2010:

Stopping Global Warming is inevitable.

GoingGreenToday from Silverado, CA on March 29, 2010:

We CAN Stop Global Warming,

it is possible for a critical mass in our society to be reached.

A good plan that truly inspires me is as follows...1/3 of the US limiting their carbon(direct & indirect) footprint by 1/3 and we collectively reach the Kyoto Protocol AND THAT IS A GREAT START. I will even guarantee that if we hit this target , we would also hit "critical mass" and go way beyond the greenhouse Gas cuts asked for in the Kyoto Protocols.

Awesome to think about!

We can be very intentional with our efforts to curtail the worst of climate change and very efficient with our activities and choose to put our actions in areas that will givre us the most savings( stop chasing your tails)

....oh, and also FORGET about the half that doesn't want to change,period, just remove them from your mind and focus on finding the half that agree with you and also focus on how you can partner up with those in your local neighborhoods.

I am most definitely not going to stop my actions because they would not jump on-board.

What am I going to tell my children, "sorry, hon, I could have done something but my neighbors just couldn't agree with me?"...crazy talk

Rubbish.

Forget Government , forget industry...no one is priming themselves to step in and save us...there is no last minute Hollywood ending here...we need to act now and we CAN do this ourselves.

If you want to know more about what I am talking about, go check out my website...and if you don't...please,do a little

everyday for 3 months.

You will be shocked and inspired by the results :)

Scott Ankeny

www.goinggreentoday.com

Abhay Thakare on March 27, 2010:

Plz paint all the building terrace all the world over in white colour,all the roads should be in white colour.Everybody should plant a tree on his/hers birthday.Am sure we will lower the temp 5 degrees within 1 year.

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 26, 2010:

Well done glassvillage!

MattnATL from Atlanta on March 11, 2010:

I know how to stop Global Warming: TURN OFF THE SUN!

Always amazed when humans are so pompous as to think they could stop Global Warming (or Global Cooling for the matter)!!!

Matt

clarissa on February 03, 2010:

dapat nga maging thankful tau na meron tayong tinitirahang malinis at magandang planet eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mr williams from Norfolk, Virginia on January 29, 2010:

Stopping Global Warming is inevitable. The reason why I say this is because too many human beings would prefer to do what they are most comfortable with (destroying the planet) and will not be too keen on change.

Even if millions were to jump ship and actively participate in helping the planet, millions of others will continue to do the exact same thing that caused the destruction of our planet. Humans by nature are destructive and now the time has come when our reckless path will caught up to us. Its only a matter of time.

Great hub

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on January 11, 2010:

Hey, good points, vreccc! I like that you have to preface things on this site so that you don't get attacked... I know what you mean! Thanks for contributing to the Hub! It's good to think critically about these things that become so controversial... I think that it's honestly something I don't do enough of.

vreccc from Concord, NH on January 08, 2010:

I found some non right/left wing resources on Al Gore and other key players who are hyping up global warming and stand to make big money off of it.

http://warofillusions.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/oba...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOw1FHW0iiE

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/cover031307.ht...

http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-gore-set-to-become-...

Okay, check the resources carefully for yourself. Remember, I'm not right wing and I'm not left wing. I actually think they are all working for the same global elite. When it comes down to it, Republican and Democrats is really the same thing, unfortunate. The same bankers fund their campaigns so there isn't much they can do if they want to get re elected.

Anyway, think critically, but keep an open mind.

Jonathan

vreccc from Concord, NH on January 08, 2010:

Before I say what I want to say, I feel I need to preface it as I'm sure I will be misunderstood.

Preface:

I am not a republican (democrat for that matter)

I do not work for oil companies

I don't own oil stock

I love the earth

I'm currently planning a home that will be totally off the grid using solar and wind power

I believe in not be wasteful

Etc. etc. etc.

Okay, now that that is out of the way and can say what is in my heart.

The global warming scare does not add up to me. First of all, the statement by Al Gore that "the science is settled" concerns me. I am a scientist. I have a PhD and have been trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. I understand science. The first thing any scientist will tell you is that science is NEVER settled. Our knowledge on any particular topic is always growing, evolving, and changing. To claim that we "know" something is claiming that we are God. I voted for Al Gore in 2000, however this statement, together with "I invented the internet" make it hard for me to take him seriously.

More on Al Gore. Do you all here realize that Al Gore has a HUGE financial stake in the Carbon Trading Exchange in Europe? You can read about it here: