Learn more about what causes global warming and how you can make a difference.
What is Global Warming?
Over the past few decades or so global warming has become a hot topic surrounding the environmental debate of our planet. Described as the observed rise in temperature within the Earth’s climate system, global warming is thought to be the reason behind abnormal weather patterns and behaviours, such as large storms, the retreat of glacial landmasses in the Arctic, and rising sea levels. Global warming has also become synonymous with other buzz words that you may have heard in relation to the health of our planet, such as climate change.
Causes of Global Warming
While it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact causes of global warming, it is believed that there are several contributing factors, most of which are directly related to humanity, that have assisted with the current state of our planet’s climate.
One known cause of global warming is the emission of greenhouse gases, which is the result of the combustion of fossil fuels emitted by vehicles, coal fired power plants, etc. Greenhouse gas emissions then infiltrate the Earth’s atmosphere and absorb heat that has entered from outside of our atmosphere, thereby preventing said heat from being expelled back into space. As a result, the heat remains trapped within our atmosphere, increasing the temperature of Earth’s climate.
The most harmful of the greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, which is the largest contributor to climate change.
What Can You Do?
In the past, we’ve discussed the term carbon footprint, which refers to the amount of carbon dioxide that you or your household is producing as related to your transportation and electricital consumption habits. Calculating your carbon footprint can assist you with discovering which areas or your life you can adjust in order to emit less carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.
On a larger scale, implementing the Harmonizer in your commercial building can also help lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the overall electrical energy consumptions of the building.
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