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Global Warming Primer
In the 18th and 19th centuries humans began to focus their efforts to improve the yield gained
from agriculture, textile manufacture, transportation, and technology in general in what came to be
known as the Industrial Revolution. Many of the ideas, inventions, and advances derived since
then have brought great benefits for all of mankind. However, some of those inventions have
begun to show side effects in the form of a warming of our climate and a rise in the average
warmth of water in the oceans. This unwelcome effect, which has come to be known as Global
Warming, is possibly one of the main reasons for some of the worst natural disasters in the last
one hundred years.
How Global Warming Happens
The increase in the Earths average temperature happens in part due to clearing of forest lands
and the burning of fossil fuels. As we clear large sections of forest to build cities or to use for
farming we cause problems to the Earths natural life cycles. As we deforest more sections of the
planet we force changes to rain fall patterns. Damage to Earth that we cause in one small area
may not be noticeable in the same area but could be the driving force behind great disasters like
earthquakes and super hurricanes that affect other zones of the planet.
Scientists believe that one of the main reasons why our planet is getting warmer is due to our
constant need for fossil fuels. Fossil fuel burning cause gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor, and
methane) which trap heat from sunlight in the Earths atmosphere. The heat thus trapped, in what
is referred to as the Greenhouse Effect, causes global warming.
Global Warming Problems
Now that we know some of the things that prompt global warming lets examine some of the
problems that climate warming brings to the world and point out some of its effects on life.
Global warming can cause damage to the planet by boosting the frequency and severity of natural
disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. An example of this type of naughty
natural behavior occurred in Phoenix, Arizona on July 5, 2011 when one of the largest desert dust
storms ever seen there rolled into the city. The mile high wall of dust and sand reduced visibility
within the city to zero. And this event in Phoenix happened less than three months after a record
199 tornadoes touched down on the United States in a single day on April 11, 2011. Events
which were considered to take place once every 500 or 1000 years are starting to occur with a lot
An easy way to tell that things are not right is when we see that places that in the past were
covered with ice through most of the year are melting a lot faster than normal. The Arctic Ocean,
for example has lost about 40 percent of its summer ice cap in the last 30 years. Who knows, but
if there had not been any excessive ice melting maybe no iceberg would have reached the North
Atlantic to collide with and sink the Titanic on April 15, 1912. Melting of the ice sections of the
planet not only cause a rise in sea levels but also pump a lot of extra moisture to cloud formations.
The excess moisture comes down in the form of intense rains and huge downpours that trigger
rapid, record sized floods that leave millions worth of property damage in their path.
In addition to the rise in sea levels global warming causes an unwanted rise of the average
temperature of the bodies of water on the planet. Of course, the excess heat causes more water
vapor to rise and form into clouds that can bring torrential rains and unforeseen damage to the
environment. One possible result could be that many plant, fish, and animal life be driven to
extinction due to bodies of water being warmer than usual.
One of the worse possible scenarios is where the warming effect can cause a decrease in food
production to the point where it affects our ability to harvest enough food to support our constantly
As we humans are the biggest reason for the global warming problem it rests on our shoulders to
find answers to slow down the greenhouse effects and to stop it if possible. Some of the things we
can do to help are as follows:
1. Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This includes such things as keeping your car tuned to
reduce the amount of fuel it consumes on a daily basis as well as the amount of pollution it adds to
the environment. Since our society no longer likes using horse driven coaches this also points to
the need to find new ways to power our motor transports.
2. Conserving Energy. Switch to energy sources that do not depend on traditional means of
power production such as wind power and solar power.
3. Water Conservation. We must look for ways to conserve water both at home and in the work
4. Agricultural changes. Farmers need to find ways to plant crops that need less water to thrive
and grow fruit.
5. Increase our recycling efforts. By recycling we reduce some of the wear and tear on the planet
while helping conserve our natural resources for future survival.
6. Decrease the size and height of buildings. We need to request that our architects build smaller
and more Earth friendly buildings. Every skyscraper built will add a small amount of resistance
and drag on the rotation of the Earth. One thousand skyscrapers may not do enough damage but
every time a new one is added it can contribute to the slowing down effect of the planet. Space is
a cold place but if you slow the Earth enough the results could be big catastrophic temperature
changes that can cause damage to the planet as well as to all life forms on the globe. Ancient
Egyptian engineers seem to have the right idea when they built the pyramids. Maybe we can
borrow from and improve on their design methods.
7. Slow down population growth. By keeping down the number of humans that we throw into the
world every day we reduce the amount of food that has to be produced to feed them but at the
same time we reduce the number of unnecessary cars that need to be built to drive them around.
This will also help in maintaining a balance in the world economies.
Earth is our home and just as we take care of our houses to preserve their value the planet also
deserves that we do our best to preserve it and keep it beautiful and healthy. If we continue to
depend on burning fuels, destroying forests lands, and our excessive daily waste production there
may not be an Earth worth calling home in our future.
As weather continues to change and get wilder each day we must find ways to help each other
cope with the problems of global warming. Each of us who has the power to do something to help
should consider it a duty to help slow down global warming while we still have time.
A time may come when insurance companies refuse to insure our homes and property for fear of
running into multi-billion dollar losses. They want to avoid what happened in 1992 after Florida
was hit by hurricane Andrew and insurance companies had to dish out in excess of $25 billion to
its victims. Therefore, it is up to us to figure out how we can recover from any disaster that global
warming may throw at us.
About the author: C. Echevarria is a retired military currently dedicated to blogging on several
online sites. You can visit his primary site at http://www.ces1a.com.
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