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HELP US REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

What is Global Warming?

Global warming can be simply understood as the earth having too much carbon dioxide in its atmosphere. This amount of CO2 acts as a blanket that traps heat and warms the planet, hence the name. We continue to burn fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas for our energy needs.

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We also don’t hesitate to cut down and burn our forests to create colonies, pastures and grow plantations. There are certain agricultural and waste management practices that add on to the accumulated carbon content in our atmosphere. Other potent gases like methane and nitrous oxide escalate the problem further by trapping more and more heat.

What is Your Carbon Footprint?

It is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are produced directly and indirectly to support all your activities. It is usually expressed in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced. In simple words, when you drive to work, your car produces a certain amount of CO2.

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No matter whether you employ oil, gas, coal or even electricity to heat your house, you generate CO2. The food products and goods that we buy are a result of a production process that also emits a considerable amount of CO2. You can calculate your carbon footprint in a given time frame based on your fuel consumption.

  • Standard for the UK – for every gallon of petrol consumed, 10.4 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted
  • Standard for the US- for every gallon of gasoline consumed, 8.7 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted

The Silent Killer!

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, undetectable and highly toxic gas. It is a product of incomplete combustion of matter in insufficient oxygen which prevents it from becoming the stable carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is produced in both, domestic and industrial settings and by motor vehicles as well. Fuels such as gasoline, diesel, propane, butane, charcoal and methane; equipment such as heaters and cooking appliances are among its major sources of emission. Due to its ability to form carboxyhemoglobin in the blood (which is a fairly stable compound), this gas is often called a “silent killer.” It can cause lightheadedness or nausea, confusion, headache, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms, toxicity of the central nervous system and heart, and even death.

The Earth is Heating Up!

  • We have witnessed a major shift in climate worldwide over the past century. According to studies the hike in global average temperature has been around 0.8°C which is roughly 1°F.
  • After the 1880s, the warmest decade was 2001-2010. Nine of the warmest years of the new millennium are from the last 10 years.
  • It has resulted in a decrease in very cold days and nights with some parts of the world recording areas that are warming up faster as compared to others.
  • In addition to changing land and ocean temperatures, the effect of climate shift has also affected rainfall and snow patterns across the globe.
  • Severe increase in droughts and stronger storms, melting ice caps and glaciers, increased sea levels, and altered plant and animal behavior are other consequences.

Ongoing Effects of Global Warming – A Concern for the Now!

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  • Our ice caps are melting which has resulted in alarming sea levels over the last century. These include mountain glaciers, ice sheets that cover West Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic sea
  • Researchers have evidence to believe that due to this change in climate, the Adélie penguins in Antarctica have fallen in number from 32,000 to 11,000 breeding pairs over a period of 3 decades
  • Some species of butterflies, land animals such as foxes, and alpine plants have moved higher or closer to the north in search of cooler areas
  • The level of rain and snowfall or average precipitation has increased across the globe
  • Alaska has been witnessing 20 years of warm summers which has led to the boom of spruce bark beetles. Nearly 4 million acres of spruce trees have been recorded as infested or chewed up

Potential Effects of Global Warming

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  • If we continue this way, a rise of about 7 to 23 inches in sea level is expected by the end of the century. Continued warming and melting of the poles and ice caps could add an additional 4 to 8 inches to it
  • Winds, hurricanes and other storms are very likely to become stronger
  • Interdependent species such as pollinating insects and symbiotic plants may become out of sync
  • Frequency of floods and droughts may increase by 10 percent over the next 50 years
  • Experts say that by 2100 the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru will be gone if it continues to melt at the current rate. Same applies to thousands of people across the globe that depend on ice caps for fresh water and/or electricity
  • Ecosystems all over the world are likely to take the biggest hit. Many species of animals will move their habitat up north and those who are not able to will become extinct

How You Can Help

You don’t have to wait for the annual Earth Day to act. Start today and with Artisna.Org to contribute to a healthier Earth in more ways than one. Be a part of Artisna’s efforts to bring about a green revolution in your city and soon the world by helping us plant a variety of new trees. We invite you onboard to volunteer your time and as much financial assistance as possible to help us achieve our target. Plant a tree of life for life.

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  • Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to help mother earth
  • It is among the most sustainable ways to ensure a healthy environment
  • An average tree improves quality of air by producing enough oxygen in a year that is sufficient for a family of four
  • Trees also store carbon and offset harmful effects of fossil fuel byproducts
  • By planting a tree you can dial down the effects of the sun and wind
  • Trees are natural air filters as they trap dust, pollen and other airborne pollutants
  • More and more trees mean cooler and fresher air which reduces the need for air conditioning up to 50% thus bringing down risk of ozone layer depletion
  • Wildlife such as birds, squirrels, bugs and butterflies find food and shelter in trees
  • An acre of trees will remove nearly 2.6 tons of CO2 each year thus cooling down the earth a few degrees every year
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1 comment

  1. tottalyuniqueworld.com 1 year ago July 6, 2017

    In order to effectively address global warming, we must significantly reduce the amount of heat-trapping emissions we are putting into the atmosphere.

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