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Practical solutions to global warming

Just as every human being is in one way or another responsible for the creation of factors contributing to global warming, we are also responsible, by default, to negate them and counter the adverse effects of global warming. Some of the little things we do have contributed to the accelerated global warming could in fact be used to create solutions to global warming. It is therefore evident that individual choices can have an impact on global warming.

Reducing your family’s heat-trapping emissions does not mean forgoing modern conveniences; it means making smart choices and using energy-efficient products, which may require an additional investment up front, but often pay you back in energy savings within a couple of years.

Another factor that can be a solution to global warming is being conscious of what you use for your transportation needs. Do you walk the short distance to the shop or do you drive? Do you take a bus to work? Do you insist on your own car? These choices, though seemingly trivial, determine the amount of fuel we burn hence controlling the amount of greenhouse effect gases in the atmosphere.

When you buy your next car, look for the one with the best fuel economy in its class. Each gallon of gas you use is responsible for twenty five pounds of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Better gas mileage not only reduces global warming, but will also save you thousands of dollars at the pump over the life of the vehicle. Compare the fuel economy of the cars you are considering and look for new technologies like hybrid engines.

Apart from the car you buy, solutions to global warming also include using clean power. When you leave a light bulb burning, remember that even if you do not see the smoke it emits, a good percentage of electricity is generated by nuclear power, or fossil fuels which there and then generate the global warming gases.

Saving electricity will range from unplugging unused power appliances to buying electronics with the Energy star. Replace regular light bulbs with energy saving bulbs which will give as much light for less energy.

Consider the fact that our elected officials need to know that you are concerned. This will motivate them to be more eco-friendly oriented in any legislative steps they undertake. It is one of the easiest solutions to global warming.

Lastly, plant as many trees as you can. Get a group in your neighborhood together and contact your local arborist or urban forester about planting trees on private property and public land. In addition to storing carbon, trees planted in and around urban areas and residences can provide much needed shade in the summer, reducing energy bills and fossil fuel use.

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