What is global warming?
Global warming is caused by the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into the earth’s atmosphere. The gases act like a thick blanket, trapping the sun's heat and causing the planet to warm up.
This is problematic to human civilization because it will result in increasingly severe storms and droughts, melting glaciers, rising seas, changing weather patterns and widespread diseases. Unless we curb global warming emissions, average temperatures could rise by 3 to 9 degrees by the end of the century.
How can you help?
A small effort can make a difference. Here are 10 tips that anyone can follow to do their part.
1)Use an electric fan
Use an electric fan in our tropical heat instead of relying on the air-con.
2)Change a light
Replace regular light bulbs around the house with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Walk, cycle or carpool with friends. Alternatively, taking public transport instead of driving can also save a great deal of CO2.
Recycle all your household waste (newspapers, plastic bottles, magazines).
5)Turn off your electronic devices
Switch off lights, appliances and electronic equipment when they are not in use. Switch off at the main power after you’re done.
6)Avoid products with a lot of packaging
Look for fuss-free products. Simply cutting down your garbage by 10% makes a difference.
7)Use paper wisely
Think carefully about whether you really need to print a document. If you must, use recycled paper, or make use of both sides of the sheet.
8)Use less hot water
Wash your clothes in cold or warm water & dry them under the sun instead of using a mechanical dryer.
9)Plant a tree anywhere
A single tree will absorb 1 ton of carbon dioxide over its life time.
10)Pass it on
Small efforts make an impact if many people change their ways.
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