Date: Apr 25th, 2007 12:38:52 am - Subscribe
By definition alone, people can identify and define global warming as a rise of the
Earth’s surface temperature. Most people that have even a minuscule understanding of global warming realize and understand the fact that the emissions released from the vehicles driven by humans all over the planet play a role in “the greenhouse effect”. That is, they contribute to the amount of trapped gas within our atmosphere. A lot of this trapped gas is carbon dioxide, which is produced from the burning of fossil fuels. However, most people do not understand that, in order for this trapped gas to not have a negative affect on our Earth, our natural resources, such as trees, must be able to process the trapped gas. Yet, at the rate humans are burning fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), combined with the massive deforestation practices used by humans, the natural process doesn’t stand a chance. This very concept was confronted by the work of a scientist over a decade ago, but was not given the proper recognition and attention it needed to be revealed by the public eye.
Ben Santer, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, believes the effects that come from the burning of fossil fuels to be irreversible at the rate we are going, and has published studies that might suggest the depletion of our global air supply due to greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, etc...) emitted by human-used products. Santer was the first person to link the mass burning of fossil fuels to the considerable change in the Earth’s temperature, over ten years ago. He did so by analyzing the assumptions from Taylor and Penner, which were formed at an earlier point in time, and suggested that our climate can be greatly affected by the use of sulfate aerosols. Aerosols can be quickly described as fine liquid or solid droplets suspended within a gas. All three scientists have become globally recognized due to their extensive work on this study, and are famed for aiding in the revelation that our globe is affected by human interactions. Studies of this sort have, over time, caught the American government’s eye enough to the point of now having limitations, regulations, initiatives, and basically the proper attention they deserve for the well-being of our planet’s, and of our humanly existence.
The United States government has identified certain economic regions as “major
greenhouse gas emitting sectors”, and has plans to reduce the amounts of pollutants in each sector. Electricity, transportation, industry, buildings, agriculture/forestry, and the federal government were all acknowledged as pollutant-contributing regions. The government has begun to reinforce these plans within these regions through ongoing studies and uses of renewable energies, hybrid transportation methods, transportation limitations, industry restrictions, and energy policies. In 2002, when President Bush introduced the Global Warming Initiative, the Bush Administration revealed their focus to be on “the amount of greenhouse gasses produced per dollar of gross domestic product,” as opposed to focusing on the actual amount of greenhouse gases emitted annually. This “focus-shift” is said by some to be the wrong way to monitor this problem, and might surely be looked back upon, as a mistake. Although our government’s current administration has claimed to strive for strategically reducing the amount of emitted greenhouse gasses, this is but only a fraction of the problem.
The real problem is said to lie within the mass population of individuals whom don’t take their own strategic precautions in reducing the amounts of pollutants that they individually release on a daily basis. A 1997 publication from the World Meteorological Organization appoints carbon dioxide as the most important of the greenhouse gases, and also stated that up to 85% of the contributing carbon dioxide is from the burning of fossil fuels for our global energy needs (heating/cooling, transportation, manufacturing/industry). This boils down to every aspect of everyday living. Work, what we make at work, driving to work, climate controlling our houses and cars, the things we buy, the things we make to buy, the driving to work in a climate controlled car to make things that we buy for our climate controlled homes....
The human race drills for oil, mainly, so transportation can remain a major factor in the economy. The fuel emits into our atmosphere as the most important of greenhouse gases, meaning the biggest threat of the greenhouse gases. The 1997 WMO publication assigned methane as the second most important of the greenhouse gases. This gas is emitted into our atmosphere from “leaky gas pipelines”, cultivation of rice, and also when we drill for oil. But even aside from the corporate, industrial, and governmental greenhouse gas contributions, there are the smaller-scale contributions that come from the consumption of products and services that are provided to the public by these corporate, industrial, and governmental agencies. Examples of this consumption-turned-contribution by the public can range from hair spray, automobile fuel, residential heating and cooling, cigarettes, lawnmowers, etc...
And according to the results of research done by numerous agencies and organizations, a sudden change in how we consume, manufacture, and regulate is needed in order to ensure that we sustain a quality air supply, and ultimately, future generations here on Earth.
According to the American Society For Microbiology, these steps that must be taken by consumers, industrial, corporate, and governmental agencies and organizations include reinforcing regulation, and further funding for proper research. Especially for the advancement of carbon management. In hopes of mitigating the negative effects of greenhouse gases, and to reduce the massive amount of pollution humans contribute to their own atmosphere, studies will continue, and more people will feel as if global warming is relevant. Integration of biological technology advancement and continuing research and development into the minds of the general public will continue to take place, but at a slower rate than the human-imposed desecration of the Earth’s atmosphere.
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