How to Do Your Part to Stop Global Warming

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Introduction: How to Do Your Part to Stop Global Warming

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" Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation."

Carbon dioxide and other air pollutants collect in the atmosphere, trapping in the sun's heat. The good news, is that there are simple steps you can take to take, to help do your part in the fight against global warming!

Step 1: Your Home

Lights

One of the easiest things you can do, to help with global warming, is change your light bulbs. Start using Compact Fluorescent bulbs. It takes about three CF bulbs to use the same amount of energy as one traditional light bulb. Plus, they last longer.

Turn off the lights when you leave the room, you don't need them on, so why have them on? It will save the world, and money.

General Electricity Usage

Even when one of your electronic devices is turned off, it still uses electricity. So buy a power strip, and just unplug it whenever you aren't using your stuff.

Don't leave your computer on all day. If you won't turn it off, at least put it on hibernate or stand by when you're gone.

Don't run your dishwasher, unless it's totally full

Air dry your clothes, instead of using the dryer

Take shorter showers, and use a low-flow shower head

The House

Make sure all of your walls and ceilings are insulated.

Switch to double pane windows, they keep more heat in your home.

Buy some caulk and weather stripping for you doors and windows that sometimes leak out air.

Wives will like this one - Replace those old energy inefficient appliances, in favor of newer ones that use less energy.

Ask your electric company if you can purchase renewable energy. It will cost more, but you'll have piece of mind.

A low flow toilet is a good idea too. Toto and American Standard Cadet are two brands that are supposed to make good low flow toilets.

Water Heater

Insulate your water heater, and turn it down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Switch to a tank less heater..water will be heated as needed, instead of keeping a tank of heated water.

Step 2: Air Conditioning

Your A/C unit uses a lot of electricity, so here are some methods to turn that down some:

Put on a sweater, or grab a blanket during winter months, as opposed to turning up the heat.

Change the filter on your A/C unit as recommended.

While you're not home, turn off the air conditioning, or heating. If you can't do this (it's too humid, or something), don't have the air as cold as you normally would, or the heat as hot. (Sorry that sounds so weird..it's hard to be clear on what i mean when I say raise or lower)

If it's cool out side, open a window, and turn off the air conditioning.

Use a ceiling fan, instead of the air conditioning, when you can. But make sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room.

Step 3: The Car

The all together best way to save on the energy your car uses is...Use it less! Walk, or ride a bike when you can. Not only does it save on gas, but you will get healthier as well! But if you have to use the car, try some of the following methods:

Carpool to school or work.

Try Hypermiling

Check often that your tires are fully inflated

Change your car's air filter monthly

Buy a better car

Choose from some of the following better options, when buying a new car:

Diesel

Hybrid

Alternative source of energy (Yay cooking grease!)

Step 4: Be a Tree Hugger

Plants absorb carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide causes global warming...Plants are Good!

Plant a tree

Buy only 100% recycled paper

Recycle paper, plastic, and glass

Buy food that come in minimal packaging, so that you have less to throw out.

When you go to the store, bring your own tote bag, so that you don't have to waste plastic or paper bags.

Let me know of any other energy saving ideas that you have!

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    211 Comments

    I have no idea why people talk much about Global Warming despite having a number of solutions to it!

    Regarding my previous comments: I've changed my possition on global warming since I last posted comments on this 'ible. For now, I guess I have no opinion on it.
    To Global Warming skeptics: remember that laymen like me and you are likely to misunderstand certain science, which could lead us into trouble.
    EU

    Its no longer Global Warming, Its climate change do to the different climate variances right now.

    2 replies

    like the record lows in weather temp? :P

    Yes, exactly

    The best you can do to save our Earth is, encourage others to Conserve. Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment. You can organize social programs and plays to make people realize, the hazards of Global Warming. Cover your pots while cooking because, it saves a lot of the energy needed for preparing the dish. Even better are pressure cookers and steamers they can save around 70% of energy.  Ways to stop Global Warming

    oops left something out, plant a tree

    It's good practice to reuse and recycle, its good practice to NOT pump loads of co2 into the atmosphere, its good practice to do a lot of things that people are not doing. Perhaps we deserve the chaos that global warming might bring to us. Ways to stop global warming

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    chaos, LOL

    what a croc o' crap

    lol...global warming. whatta joke...if those stupid scientists are right about what they say, then what will happen is it will heat so much that the ice caps melt, and the oceans get colder due to loss of salinity and additional water, which will then dramatically affect the climate causing a drop in temperature and possibly another ice age, so the whole global warming thing is probably a natural cycle

    Don't trees give out CO2 at night as well so they balance it out. some bacteria reduce CO2 and having a large library can lock carbon into a solid state that would not be gotten rid of.

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    No, trees only take in Co2 and give out oxygen.

    Tree's definately respire insted of photosynthesise when there is no light giving of CO2 and making alchohol in the plant.

    Pumpkin$,
    So you take your science from the newspapers! I'm really impressed!

    I have to make do with science from scientists. Sniff!



    FYI the so-called “expert” in the “Australian” article was Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist!
    What do biologists study? Erm, they study biology. Duh!

    What Marohasy went on to say was dishonest cherry-picked facts, lies and deceit. Nothing to do with science. She has political & ideological reasons for what she says!

    What are the scientists called that study the climate? Erm, I know this, they're mm..., they're called climatologists!

    What do biologists know about climate science? Zip!

    Marohasy is not looking quite so expert in climatology now!

    So, it might be an idea to look at what world respected working climate experts are saying about the climate!

    It can be clearly seen that the graph wiggles, but that the overall trend is clearly upwards. There is no reason to expect anything very different in the foreseeable future.

    Source of graph Climatic Research Unit and the UK Met. Office Hadley Centre:
    http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/info/warming/gtc2007.gif
    See http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/info/warming/ for a description of the data and this graph.

    Similar graphs are available from NASA / GISS

    Introductory material on a variety of climate-related subjects intended for the interested layperson.
    http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/info/

    A small selection:
    The American Institute of Physics http://www.aip.org/gov/policy12.html

    The American Geophysical Union
    http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/positions/climate_change2008.shtml

    The American Meteorological Society
    http://www.ametsoc.org/amsnews/2007climatechangerelease.pdf

    National Academies of Science
    http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/climate_change_2008_final.pdf

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science
    http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2007/0218am_statement.shtml

    Please don't mistake these for actual science, they are press releases and policy regarding climate change, but are based upon solid science. The science is absolutely amazing, and worrying.

    gtc2007.png

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