Global Warming has become the talk of the century as greenhouse gases and pollution have begun to flood our beautiful planet. Global Warming is defined as a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.
According to statista.com (https://www.statista.com/topics/4739/environmental-pollution/) in 2017, the emission of carbon dioxide from energy consumption in the United States amounted to approximately 5.1 billion metric tons, with estimated carbon dioxide emissions around 16.4 metric per ton. Water or soil contamination may also occur due to chemical underground leakages or spills.
Greenhouse gases are defined as gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect. These gases include but are not limited to: carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, chlorofluorocarbons, and hydrofluorocarbons.
Global Warming and how We Can Help Climate Change
The Greenhouse Effect is the trapping of the sun’s warmth in the planet’s lower atmosphere. This is due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet’s surface.
According to statista.com (https://www.statista.com/topics/1148/global-climate-change/) in 2017, the earth’s surface temperature was around 0.84 degrees Celcius warmer than the 20th-century average. In the last few years, global temperatures have been consistently among the hottest on record.
How can you help make the earth a little cleaner and safer to help its organisms thrive? Well for starters, you can start recycling. Places of residence and occupation are now providing the options of putting your garbage in either paper, the plastic of decomposing trash bins. This saves a lot of time for sorting your trash, as well as reusing and recycling products.
In addition, you can do more than just recycling, you can also have your own garden in your backyard which also creates more oxygen in your area, and you can create compost for your garden to help the planets grow.
According to conserveenergyfutrue.com (https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/stopglobalwarming.php) there are 35 different ways you can prevent creating an even larger carbon footprint. Carpooling, going solar, buying energy sufficient appliances, reducing waste, using less hot water, planting a tree, use clean fuel, tuning your car regularly, saving water, eating fewer hamburgers and also, spreading awareness.
There are also local organizations on the Rutgers – New Brunswick campus that help do local cleanups, provide information and work towards bettering our planet. On the website, njedl.rutgers.edu a database holds different environmental organization across New Jersey that you can choose from to work with.
Lastly, there are many different organizations both state and local that help better their environment. There are many ways to help, so remember, reduce, reuse, and recycle!