Global warming, what is it?

By: Vishva Patel

Global warming is not a myth or something far off in the future. It’s happening NOW.  Global warming is an increase of temperature in the atmosphere because ozone depletion that causes changes in climate. This ozone depletion is caused by the greenhouse effect. The effect is basically how the earth traps heat for life to be able to exist. The problem is the atmosphere is trapping too much heat on earth because of the increased production of Carbon Dioxide gas (CO2). Carbon dioxide is released from burning fossil fuels like oil and gas. Another big issue is deforestation. Plants absorb CO2 but with big companies cutting down entire forests, the CO2 stays stuck in the atmosphere.  As sea levels continue to rise, more unusual weather happening, entire ecosystems being destroyed and people continue to waste energy burn fossil fuels and ignore it like it’s no big deal. You might ask how does this affect me and my daily life?  In the future, food prices will go way up because plant growth is becoming messed up. Because of the droughts and increased evaporation, fresh water will become scarce. Diseases will spread more because of the warmer weather. More people will get asthma because of smog that is in the air. There is an increased chance of skin cancer because of ultra-violet rays that will be able to pass through the atmosphere. And so the list goes on. Do you want your and your children’s future filled with these dangers? There are so many little things that we can do in order to stop global warming. A compost pile is a great thing to have but most people don’t want to make one so instead of throwing everything away you should recycle and buy recycled products. Change a light bulb.  Instead of using incandescent light bulbs use CFLs. If every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road. Not only is it greener it also lasts 10 times longer.   Another quick and easy thing is to unplug things that aren’t being used. In an average American home, there are 40 devices which use power even when they are not ‘on’. So unplug your cell phone chargers, the laptops and DVD players. Not only are you helping the environment, but you are also saving money. Do something to help stop global warming because it will affect you future.