Global warming is something we have all heard about. Just the weather a lone this year is enough to prove to me that our system is out of balance. We were so unseasonably hot for the month of June and with little to almost no rain our summer is proving to be scorching.
Although Global warming in itself is its own topic, we know that it is a serious problem that has been brought on by a number of various factors including the burning and resulting emissions from fossil fuels. Here are a few quick Global warming facts:
- Fossil fuel burning currently adds nearly six billion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year. Only half of this CO2 is removed by forests and oceans.e
- Between the first Earth Day in 1970 and 2000, human-made emissions of greenhouse gases rose 70%.g
- The United States represents less than 5% of the world’s population, yet Americans account for 25% of the world’s commercial energy consumption and 22% of the world’s industrial emissions of CO2.e
- In 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana boasted 150 glaciers—today there are just 27.f
There is not a quick fix but there are steps that each of us can take to reduce our carbon footprint.
One way we can decrease our greenhouse gas emission is by using clean energy, of which Solar energy is an option. There was a survey conducted on Juggle and here are the tops reasons that consumers listed as to why they thought the benefits were to Solar energy:
- Solar is clean, renewable energy.
- Solar panels can easily be used to heat water and homes.
- You can produce your own energy with a one-time investment; after the equipment is installed, solar energy is free.
- There are millions of acres of rooftops that are going to waste. Adding solar panels to these homes and businesses would greatly ease pollution and the amount of strain on the power grid.
Although this is really the tip of the iceberg, there are many more benefits to using solar energy and steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint that we will be discussing soon.
e-Montague, Fred. 2006. Environmental Notebook: Observations, Principles, Trends, and Ideas about Life on Earth. Wanship, UT: Mountain Bear Ink.
f-National Geographic News. “Global Warming Fast Facts.” Accessed: January 14, 2009.
g-Walker, Gabrielle and Sir David King. 2008. The Hot Topic: What We Can Do about Global Warming. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc. This sponsored post was brought to you by Next Generation – AE.