What’s (h)eating up the globe?

It's not the Sun, Volcanos, or even the Ozone layer

We found an amazing graphic  created and published by NASA that explains what’s really causing global warming. It’s green house gas emissions, which are entirely man made. Interestingly India has the 4th highest level of green house gas emissions in the world, although we contribute much less than the first three. Also, emissions per person are way lower than most other countries.

Relatively speaking, this is good news. However, the impact on us is no less. According to Wikipedia “A greenhouse gas (sometimes abbreviated GHG) is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation.” So essentially, they trap heat within our environment, making temperatures hotter, and leading to change in climate patterns. The extreme weather we have been witnessing in India is an example of this.

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So what can you do? Let’s first understand what we need to control.

Carbon Dioxide, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide are three major green house gasses that we can help reduce through simple steps.

Rise in Carbon Dioxide levels is directly linked to deforestation, and use of fossil fuels like petrol, oil and coal, Methane is produced due to improper Waste Management, and Nitrous Oxide is let out during the manufacture and use of synthetic fertilizers, and by vehicles that use fossil fuels.

So let’s start with some basics:

  1. Keep your surroundings green
    • Plant trees in your area
    • Build a kitchen garden
    • Grow plants in your balcony
  2. Reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills
    • Compost at home
    • Reuse and recycle things especially plastics
    • Buy fresh foods (reduce packaged foods – as all the packaging ends up in landfills)
  3. Reduce your use of fossil fuels
    • Use renewable energy sources like Solar panels
    • Drive less (walk, take public transport, car pool)

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