Global Warming, Climate Change, and Global Habitat Destruction.
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Our world is getting warmer, and according to both NASA, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change, as well as based on what measurements we have available to us since record keeping first began in 1880’s, the facts seem to bear this conclusion out. This is the trend is what we are referring to when we use the phrase ‘global warming.’ Learn more in ‘What is Global Warming?’
Smog over Los Angeles:
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Cars in Smog during Rush Hour:
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The gases ammonia, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane gas, and a class of gases known as the chlorofluorocarbons, are all referred to collectively as the greenhouse gases. These are the damaging gases that are contained in the pollution coming out of our factories and our automobiles. When they reach the atmosphere, they trap in the warmth provided by the sun, and cause surface and air temperatures to increase. Learn more in ‘What are Greenhouse Gases‘.
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Forest Fire in Colorado:
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Global warming causes gradual changes in climate, and these changes result in a multitude of different symptoms and effects on rainfall and weather patterns, ranging from extreme weather events like heat waves, to droughts, to forest fires, to hurricanes, to the melting of ice caps and glaciers, and as the ice slowly melts,- the rising of sea levels. And this is just to name a few… Learn more about terminology in ‘Global Warming or Climate Change?‘
Forests cover more than 30 percent of the land area on our planet. They help people thrive by purifying the air we breath and the water we drink, and they provide a home to 80 percent of our terrestrial biodiversity, providing habitat for a vast array of trees, plants, animals, and insects. Forests also play a critical role in preventing climate change because they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more in ‘What is Deforestation?‘
Palm Tree Plantation:
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Palm oil is a commonly produced vegetable oil and it is found in a staggering amount (approximately half) of all supermarket products. It is cheap to produce, versatile, and it can be added to a number of both food and personal products like lipsticks and shampoo. There is controversy because its popularity and usefulness in a wide array of products has encouraged deforestation of tropical rainforests simply to just grow palm trees.
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The cultivation of soybeans is another major driver of deforestation,- especially in the Amazon basin. The seeds from the soybean plant are used to provide food for people, but ironically, this actually only accounts for a small percentage of total soybean production. For the most part, soybeans are grown and harvested to provide feed for livestock. In particular, soybeans are used as feed for cattle.
Cattle Ranching in Amazon:
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In addition to the crops that are grown to feed cattle, some 80 percent of the deforestation of the Amazon can be attributed directly to cattle ranching. Today, Brazil has become the largest exporter of beef in the world, spurring rampant deforestation in the Amazon region for cattle grazing. Learn more about this, and other agricultural impacts in ‘Agriculture and Climate Change.‘
Gull in Flight:
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“Be the Change you wish to see in the world.”
This purpose of this website is to help you, as an individual, to explore ways that you can contribute towards a solution to the pollution and global warming problem, and help make a move towards sustainability. The model being promoted here is always that you can make a difference! Learn more about the ways you can empower youself, and help bring an end to the ongoing spiral of ‘Global Habitat Destruction.‘