October 15, is blog action day on Global Warming. Many bloggers are uniting to bring attention to this issue. It is serious, real and frightening. Al Gore had it right in spite of a novelist who thought he knew more than the scientists.
When the scientists started talking about a change in our world a mistake was made. Someone called it Global Warming and the title caught on. It was a mistake because the skeptics seized on the fact that they had just endured one of the coldest winters ever recorded and they scoffed at such a thing as Global Warming. Scientists now call it by the correct title, Climate Change.
In parts of the world the winters are the coldest in recorded history while summers are becoming hotter. Hurricanes are more violent and other storms like tornadoes, dust storms, flooding and drought are more frequent and more prolonged.
Even terrible earthquakes like the one in Indonesia and Samoa that triggered the tsunami's are probably caused by the changing climate of mother earth. The ice caps are melting at an accelerated rate and the World is becoming a scary place.
Is it man made? I am not even close to being a rocket scientist so I don't have a clue, but I do know that man is certainly speeding it up. co2 in the atmosphere is provable and real. And that comes from the exhausts of your car and from the dirty smoke stacks of industries. Smog in the air should convince the ones who scoff at Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, if nothing else will.
Coal emits around 1.7 times as much carbon per unit of energy when burned as does natural gas and 1.25 times as much as oil. Natural gas gives off 50% of the carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, released by coal and 25% less carbon dioxide than oil, for the same amount of energy produced. Coal contains about 80 percent more carbon per unit of energy than gas does, and oil contains about 40 percent more. For the typical U.S. household, a metric ton of carbon equals about 10,000 miles of driving at 25 miles per gallon of gasoline or about one year of home heating using a natural gas-fired furnace or about four months of electricity from coal-fired generation. Carbon Dioxide Emitted from Cars
About 33% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions comes from the burning of gasoline in internal-combustion engines of cars and light trucks (minivans, sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and jeeps).US Emissions Inventory 2006 page 8 Vehicles with poor gas mileage contribute the most to global warming.
Illegal Toxic Waste as Viewed From Space
It is real and it is serious. We are fouling our own nest and if we want to leave this planet to future generations we each have an obligation to do what we can to stop the destruction. We can push for clean energy like wind and solar. We can drive fuel efficient cars and urge the auto industry to hurry with affordable electric cars. We can even do small things like doing laundry in cold water (It comes out just as clean), air drying our clothes and buying energy efficient appliances and light bulbs.
Here is a link to a calculator to see how much you can save
Here is a link to the NASA site with more valuable information on the polar ice caps and the rising waters in the oceans.
We can all do our part and we really should.