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Climate Change/Global Warming

| Overview | What is it? | Is it real? |

The Earth's global mean temperature is indeed on the rise. Most scientists and environmental groups and a growing number of politicians and corporations believe that man is contributing to this warming of our planet by burning fossil fuels and creating what is commonly known as the "Greenhouse Effect". This warming, if unchecked, has the potential for dire environmental, economic and sociological impact.


Things you can do to help that take little or no effort:
Switch your bulbs:
Start using compact fluorescent lightbulbs. These bulbs will both save you money help reduce your global warming contribution. These bulbs use approximately 1/4 the energy of normal bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing one incandescent bulb with a CFL save our atmosphere from a 1/2 ton of CO2 over the bulb's life.

Lower your electric bill:
Set a goal of reducing your electric bill by 5%, $20 or whatever seems reasonable. The mere act of goal setting is amazingly effective at encouraging action awareness -- like turning off those lights. You'll save money too!

Adjust your thermostat:
Small adjustments in thermostat temperatures can result in substantial energy savings - turn it up 2 degrees in summer, down 2 degrees in winter. Water heaters temperatures can also be adjusted. They are typically set at 140°F, while most households only require a setting of 115°F - 120°F. This easy adjustment could result in a 6 - 12.5% energy savings.

Keep your tires inflated:
For every pound of pressure below recommended levels, fuel economy drops 1 percent. Keeping your tires properly inflated means saving about a tank of gas a year.

Give your pedals a rest:
Rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in town.

Walk:
Need we say more?

Think when you buy:
Are the products you buy over packaged? If so more energy and resources were used than necessary. This translates to more global warming impact.

Learn the facts:
There is still a lot of misinformation and myth floating around. But the consensus is our climate is warming. The CO2 we release is contributing to this. Arm yourself with facts and become a climate advocate.



Global Warming Headlines from the GreenVine:
Bulletin Board:
Post a note, express your concern about Global Warming. GreenLeap will forward this list, later this year, to a number of US and international politicians.

News:
Read GreenLeap's latest news on Global Warming.

Your Footprint:
Calculate your ecological footprint and check out how sustainable your lifestyle is.

Warm Links:
Links to other great sites focused on Global Warming.



Great Global Warming Books:
Tim Flannery:
The Weather Makers
Elizabeth Kolbert:
Field Notes from a Catastrophe


Global Warming News

Ozone Layer Healing Slower Than First Believed

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations' Environmental Program (UNEP), the planet's ozone layer is indeed replenishing itself… but more slowly than originally believed.   »
8/23/2006

Expanding U.N. Program Combats Global Warming

A new United Nations' program called the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) that encourages renewable energy use in poor countries is growing rapidly, according to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat.   »
6/12/2006

Coral Reefs Dying - Global Warming to Blame

Coral reefs are invaluable habitats for a dazzling array fish and invertebrates. but are one of the earth’s most endangered habitats, and global warming seems largely to blame.   »
4/18/2006



Green Fact:
Coral reefs grow, on average, 1.5cm per year. That means it takes coral 20 years for coral to creep one foot. Reef damage has long lasting consequences. Global warming is heating seas and killing reef coral at an alarming rate.
 
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