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What are the Different Methods of Stopping Global Warming?

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Global warming is the steep rise in the earth's atmospheric temperature due to an abundant concentration of greenhouse gases. These gases include methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor. In permissible amounts, they act as atmospheric sun-ray filters and trap heat to create a life-sustaining, greenhouse effect.

Large gas concentrations, however, lead to too much heat being trapped and so to an overall global warming and climate change. While natural events like volcanic eruptions play a role in greenhouse gas emission, human activities have contributed to the climate change as well. Mass-scale deforestation, fossil fuel burning, industrial wastes and modern life-styles are major factors in causing global warming.

These have resulted in global climate change with rising sea levels, changes in rainfall, river floods, expansion of deserts, vanishing permafrost and retreating glaciers. If global warming continues unabated, the climate change may lead to extinction of certain plant and animal species. The climate warming problem needs to be tackled on the governmental level as well on the community and individual levels.

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For stopping global warming, world governments can adopt energy-efficient policies, cut down on fossil fuel consumption and explore the use of alternative fuels in industries and agriculture. They can carry out water rationing and water conservation measures and intervene to protect natural habitats and endangered living species. Communities and individuals can do their part in stopping global warming by adopting more responsible, eco-friendly lifestyles. Using wind and solar generated green power would be a positive step in the right direction. Buying local produce would save transport fuel and buying fresh rather than frozen produce would also save energy.

Instead of driving everywhere, cut down carbon dioxide emissions by sharing a carpool, using public transportation, riding a bicycle and walking whenever possible. Ensure efficient fuel use by keeping cars well-maintained. Flying less often can also help in a big way in stopping global warming.

Another way of stopping global warming is to save energy by installing energy-efficient appliances in homes. Instead of incandescent light bulbs, use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Replace old refrigerators that require defrosting with automatic defrost cycle machines.

Switch off televisions and computers when not in use, instead of putting them on standby. Run only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, and use a clothes line to dry the washing instead of a dryer. Use less air-conditioning or heating by installing a programmable thermostat. Eliminate waste by taking showers instead of baths, recycling organic waste, and reusing things as much as possible. Avoid using products that contribute towards environmental degradation.

Planting more trees can go a long way in stopping global warming and helping the environment. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, cause rainfalls, help regulate the climate and hold the soil together. Contribute to or volunteer with organizations that work to save or revive natural habitats and their denizens.

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Ana1234
Post 4

@pastanaga - I think that individuals and countries should do everything they can, and I understand it looks hopeless, but I think we might still manage to win out. Humans are very good at coming up with technology when we are put in a bad position. There might be ways to stop global warming that we simply aren't aware of yet and which might be discovered very soon.

Everyone should be trying to stop it in the ways we already know, but I don't think it's hopeless to expect a miracle either.

pastanaga
Post 3

@browncoat - The other problem is the positive feedback loops that are already being put into play by climate change. For example, the permafrost is melting in a lot of places, which releases carbon into the air, which in turn warms the climate which melts even more permafrost.

Water is less reflective than ice so whenever big chunks of ice melt at the poles, it creates more water to absorb heat from the sun, leading to even more ice melting.

The Earth is warming and there is just nothing we can do about it at this point. Which doesn't mean we shouldn't try to reduce pollution and plant more trees. It might mean the difference between a two foot sea level rise and a ten foot sea level rise.

browncoat
Post 2

I really just don't think we're going to be able to change enough in time to halt global warming. I had a long conversation with a climatologist once at a dinner party and he basically told me there was nothing we could do at this point except try to mitigate the damage.

The climate doesn't react to things right away, so even if we drastically change the entire world right now, it would take decades for the harm that has already been done to be reversed. And it's not like every country is rushing to help stop global warming right now. I think we're going to have to explain a few things to our grandchildren and they aren't going to understand what we were thinking.

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