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Every month a new Raindrop of Knowledge will be posted on the home page of Global Warming Facts and What to Do. Each raindrop will address interesting or shocking facts about global warming and pollution or offer advice about how to replace a polluting behavior with a cleaner and greener method.
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April 2009 - Scientists lobby Congress to accept reality
Climate change science enters the political arena - After too many years of ignoring reality, a slight chink in the fossil fuel armor of U.S. political institutions has appeared. The Union of Concerned Scientists has actively inserted itself into the U.S. congressional debate about climate change and energy policy, as it promotes a cap and trade policy to curtail harmful pollution. The Union has organized to make sound scientific information available to congresspeople and helps experts and activists to pressure their representatives to respond intelligently to the energy, pollution, and climate problems that are dragging down the worldwide economy. Find out how to promote the important agenda of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
March 2009 - Environmental tax credits
The stimulus plan from President Obama that was recently passed by Congress provides long overdue federal support for clean energy and energy efficiency. A slide show at Treehugger.com provides an easy to read summary of important tax credits now available for people wishing to investing in low pollution technologies, including solar panels, wind turbines, and hybrid cars. Plus there is support for environmental education and mass transit. It is so good to finally see a glimmer of progress emerging from government.
February 2009 - Skip the paper with ebook reading
Ebooks provide a way to reduce paper consumption. Because paper books require cutting trees and using fossil fuels to run manufacturing plants and ship books back and forth to bookstores and warehouses, ebooks are emerging as a reading medium that takes less from the Earth. Over at Ebookweek.com a thorough anaylsis of the environmental impact of ebooks versus their paper predecessors has been published. With the read an ebook week coming up on March 8th to the 14th, it's a good time to give greener electronic reading a try.
January 2009 - Inform political leaders of crucial environmental needs
With the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama occuring this month, people who believe that reducing pollution and coping with global warming are the critical issues of our time need to apply continuous political pressure. We just might have someone in the White House soon that will not ignore science or the desperate needs of the populace. Use this link to find contact information for your congressional representatives. Let them know what voters think instead of just the opinions of industry lobbyists.
December 2008 - Reduce holiday power use with LED lights
With many people in the Northern Hemisphere putting up holiday lights to brighten up the winter darkness, it is a good time to mention Christmas LED lights. LED lights use substantially less energy than conventional decorative bulbs and they look lovely too. By using LED Christmas lights, you can almost achieve guilt-free decorating and hardly add any extra cost to your power bill this month. To see the huge difference in energy usage, use the power comparison calculator provided by HolidayLEDS.com. For example, two 100-bulb strings of mini or icicle lights running for 8 hours a day would cost approximately $2.28 for a month and an equivalent amount of Christmas LED lights would only use $0.27 worth of power that month.November 2008 - Warming trends in Antarctica
Global warming is affecting all continents. Scientific American online reported on October 31, 2008 that over 50 year's worth of weather data from Antarctica shows a warming trend that corresponds with rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that results from burning fossil fuels and destroying forests. The average temperatures of Antarctica have warmed 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over the past few decades. Warming coastal waters of the southern continent will accelerate the break up Antarctic ice sheets that have the potential to raise sea levels over 200 feet in worst case scenarios. Such frightening indications of radical changes in the Earth's climate and geography should impress upon people the urgency of correcting the polluting state of civilization.
October 2008 - Sustainably produced merchandise
Global warming and the effects of climate change are rapidly making it clear to many people that they need to live and consume in a sustainable fashion and reduce toxicity and pollution in the environment. Greenfeet of Chico, California is a business that is already part of the new green economy. Its product lines focus on sustainable manufacturing without toxic ingredients. I also heartily recommend this company's podcast More Hip Than Hippie, which is an endless source of practical information for helping you clean up your "favorite planet" and your life. You will get a deluge of green tips from this twice weekly podcast.
September 2008 - Global warming rapidly melting polar ice
Polar ice is melting more rapidly than anyone had initially predicted, and the terrestrial ice sheet of Greenland is melting and expected to raise sea levels. Right now the ice on Greenland covers 1.7 million square kilometers. A new study by researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison geologist Anders Carlson found that the conservative sea level rise estimates by the IPCC of 1 to 4 inches over the next century could actually be three times higher. Even slight rises in sea level are concerning because the majority of the Earth's population live along coasts. So much for that expenisve Florida real estate. The full article about sea level rise and the Greenland ice sheet is at this page of ScienceDaily.
August 2008 - The Al Gore energy challenge
Amid the depressing blather about offshore drilling, Al Gore issued his important and hopefully historic challenge to the United States to switch its power generation to renewable sources within 10 years. You can watch the video highlights of his speech at YouTube. It's so refreshing to hear someone talk about pollution, energy needs, and global warming in an intelligent and hopeful fashion. All evidence indicates that fossil fuels must cease to be the primary energy source of civilization. Please take Al Gore's challenge seriously and act upon it.
July 2008 - Increase your knowledge of environmental issues
Looking for a good online reference for environmental news, knowledge, and green projects. Try AboutMyPlanet.com. It's loaded with news about the environment and useful articles about harnessing renewable energy, reducing pollution, and lowering your environmental strain. Everybody needs to educate themselves and find new ways to accomplish their goals because our fossil-fuel based society is becoming increasingly destructive and expensive.
June 2008 - Stop junk mail to save paper waste
Junk mail is just one more resource gobbling part of society that is contributing to global warming. All the trees that are cut down for paper and the energy used to print and ship junk mail reduce the Earth's ability to absorb carbon dioxide while spewing more into the atmosphere. And this is done so you can shred the unwanted paper and throw it away or recycle it. Because no one wants the deluge of junk mail, you can reduce the amount of waste produced to annoy you by getting yourself off mailing lists. This stop junk mail guide has great information to help with this process. You can also look for services that go through the process for you, which would likely be worth the money.
May 2008 - Massive media campaign educates public about climate crisis
A massive media campaign has been launched by The Alliance for Climate Protection founded by Al Gore. The Alliance is dedicated to educating people about the climate crisis of global warming and solve our pollution problems. The website www.wecansolveit.org is the hub of this informational campaign that is sprawling across all forms of media. The website allows you to access information about fixing your personal lifestyles to reduce pollution, but it's primary focus is to pressure political leaders and the media to properly attend to the global warming issue.
April 2008 - Human activity causes global warming
Research from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents a logical place to investigate the truth of global warming or climate change. According to its National Climatic Data Center, "Human activity has been increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (mostly carbon dioxide from combustion of coal, oil, and gas; plus a few other trace gases). There is no scientific debate on this point. Pre-industrial levels of carbon dioxide (prior to the start of the Industrial Revolution) were about 280 parts per million by volume (ppmv), and current levels are greater than 380 ppmv and increasing at a rate of 1.9 ppm yr-1 since 2000."
Review more climate change data from NOAA.
March 2008 - Energy consumption and our food supply
Agriculture uses a lot of energy. Some of this is quite necessary, but our modern society transports food around to an absurd degree. The food that goes into the American meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles to reach your plate. That's a lot of fuel and pollution. Reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of your food by emphasizing your consumption of local foods. Shopping at farmers' markets is an excellent and effective way of getting affordable high-quality food without all the trucking across the continent. Along with less packaging, you'll also be supporting local farmers (real down-home business people) instead of huge agribusiness companies that harm the environment on an extraordinary scale. Also keep in mind that as fuel prices rise, food prices rise. Soon you'll only be able to afford local.
January 2008 - Computers and energy waste
To save energy and thereby reduce the release of greenhouse gases like CO2 from power plants, put your desktop computer and monitor into sleep mode when not in use, or simply shut both off. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has calculated that computers in the United States waste huge amounts of energy, equivalent to the pollution from 3 million cars every year. Studies have shown that in offices around the country 90 percent of computers and 40 percent of monitors are left on and fully powered at all times -- nights, weekends, holidays -- instead of using sleep mode or being shut off. The EPA reported that U.S. businesses waste over $1 billion a year on unnecessary energy use for computers that are left on when not in use. Similar energy waste occurs in individual homes as well.
December 2007 - How much CO2 from a gallon of gas?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every gallon of gasoline produces 19.4 pounds of carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. This surprising figure results from oxygen in the atmosphere being added to the carbon in the gasoline during combustion. Thinking about that nearly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide you are putting into the air with each gallon of gas you burn will motivate you to fix wasteful driving habits. Every car trip replaced by a walk, bicycle, or put off till another time counts.