Reduce Global Warming
Global warming causes ozone depletion, melting polar ice, and rising ocean levels.
Global Warming = Ozone Depletion
The ozone layer, which protects all life from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, is being destroyed by release of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere. The widening holes in the ozone layer allow in more UV rays, which can cause skin cancers, cataracts, and immune system damage. UV rays are detrimental to pollination, seed production, and marine life food supplies as well.
Global Warming = Melting Polar Ice
Ice sheets in the Arctic Ocean have receded to record lows, and Antarctic glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, causing sea levels to rise and indigenous wildlife to lose its habitat. The huge ice sheet in Greenland experienced "record melting" in 2007, according to the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH, and lost at least 24 cubic miles of ice.
Nearly 90% of the permafrost in the Arctic could melt by 2100, which would not only extinguish wildlife, but also increase emissions of greenhouse gas 20 to 40 percent over and above what would be produced by all man-made and natural sources.
Global Warming = Rising Ocean Levels
Rising ocean levels could eventually cause worldwide flooding of coastal areas, forcing people and wildlife to migrate inland. Many experts believe global warming is behind the upswing in hurricane activity, and they also predict global warming will cause a dramatic increase in excessive precipitation in some areas and severe drought in others, resulting in floods, crop failures, and a rising number of forest fires and land slides.
Many of the world's most knowledgeable climate-change scientists forecast that the earth's temperature will rise from 1.44 to 6.3º F by the year 2100 if we don't take steps to reduce greenhouse gases. An increase of 1 to 3.6º F will occur even if we do act, because many gases have already been released.
You can join the growing number of people who want to put the brakes on global warming. Here's how...
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If you'd like to do even more, you can volunteer with groups that are taking action against global warming, such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and StopGlobalWarming.org.
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