what can we do to save our planet?

March 1, 2011
Greenhouse gases and carbon emission are released into the air by things we do every day. For example, cars, turning on light switches and even something as simple as leaving your stereo or computer on overnight. The atmosphere has a natural supply of "greenhouse gases." They capture heat and keep the surface of the Earth warm enough for us to live on. Without the greenhouse effect, the planet would be an uninhabitable, frozen wasteland. Everyone creates a carbon footprint that measures the amount of negative effect they have on the environment through global warming. Global warming can be slowed or even reversed we all need to work together to stop this growing massacre. If we don’t help reduce greenhouse gases several things may happen.
We’re losing an unprecedented amount of animal habitat because of the effect of global warming. The greatest effect is on our oceans. As more and more carbon raises the Earths temperature the polar icecaps melt and the sea rises. When this happens fish lose their homes. The beautiful reefs that once rested in shallow water enough to receive sun rays to support their living creatures would fall into darkness of the oceans and die. Also this blocks photosynthesis rays of light to local sea grasses kill them. They are nurseries and homes for sea life, like shrimp, zoo plankton, and other fish. As the temperature rises it also increases the heat of the ocean itself. Carbon dioxide is trapped in the water and this raises the ph level of the sea. Increased acidity can harm fish that predators rely on for a balanced and or healthy food chain. Unfortunately the ocean isn’t our only concern. Animals on land with us are even being attacked by global warming. Before the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere was in a rough balance with what could be stored on Earth. Natural emissions of heat-trapping gases matched what could be absorbed in natural sinks. For example, plants take in CO2 when they grow in spring and summer, and release it back to the atmosphere when they decay and die in fall and winter.
We see that birds are migrating later and in the season and are not flying as far south as usual to ice free water for feeding and this is a burden on local hunting and bird economics. Birds help keep bugs from being nuisances. Deer, Caribou, and elk are ranging farther north with each subsequent warming season. These animals may move out of lands that are tribal they depend on the animals for signs to plant, harvest, or religious reasons. Native Americans may lose vital aspect of their cultures. Global warming is having a negative impact on today’s ecosystem. It is caused when greenhouse gases mix with our clouds and solar radiation is then reflected off of the earth’s surface. The sun isn’t heating the air but heating the earth’s surface which is then warming the earth by winds and water currents. “THE GLOBE IS GETTING WARMER”!! The molecular structure of the clouds is composed of elements methane, water vapor, ozone and carbon dioxide the elements push back the radiation that comes from the ground and the process continues over and over and over. The chemicals are there because of humans are burning fossil fuels and using aerosols. There are many things we can do to slow down the spread of global warming such as finding alternative power sources and using less harmful chemicals. Some of the power sources may not be ideal such as wind turbines because of the placement along the path of migrating birds. But at the same time there are other power sources such solar that can prove to be effective and cheap if you do it the right way. This is what Tony Blair had to say “Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it”.

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