OK, it is time I finished this article, because we are seriously in trouble. So in the last 4-5 Years we have had major changes in weather. I don’t know if anyone has been paying attention. But like the fact that we have very little snow which is needed to kill off the old and bring in the new and this why we have been invaded by ants, and stink bugs and the ticks were high this year to. We have had very little rain up until this year, and as much as we have had the streams, rivers and lakes and more… are still losing water or are dried up. Within this time frame NY has never had Tornadoes, and now we are getting more than our fair share of Tornadoes now. We even had a few Earthquakes to at the rate of 7.5 – 8 on the Richter scale but these happened like 4-8 years ago. We have barely had Spring for the last for years and we had our heat on until June of this year and even a couple of summers we have missed to. but now we are getting down in the 40’s at night and even getting cold by the day.
The Antarctic and Arctic Ocean are melting fast, Animals are trying to find food, and a home to live because of the changes. If the Ice caps melt you do know that NYC will be underwater right. And because I said this is my biggest article, I have some pictures I will post later, but I wanted to mention that 2 times in 2 years I have seen an Aurora color in the in the sky. I thought that only happens in North Pole, but apparently not. The first one had some colors in it but couldn’t get a good spot to stop and get the photo, but I did get the second one that I just saw this week. Another odd thing about 3 months I noticed something odd and it had been aligned with the North Star for 2 weeks straight in the same spot every night and I did get a shot of what turned to be Saturn aligned with the North Star. More hurricanes than ever before out of nowhere. Please people we really need to try to fix this because if we don’t we will have nothing. We can do our part in this if we really want to, and if not think about your kids. Trees are peeling like bananas because they don’t have enough water. The deer are eating out of garbage cans and coming in to Rural and Urban areas to find food. A squirrel stole my stuffing out of my chair to make his nest. This can not be anymore explanatory than this, and I can go on but it would take a lot of time.
I just wanted to give you an idea of what is happening. Also when you through your garbage on the ground it does have an impact on the environment so think about that next time someone throws their garbage on the ground. I am also going to post a video I want you see to, made by a child in a contest on National Geographic. On that note I will end this here and hope I have said enough. Oh one more thing I need to mention, is that we are cutting way to many trees down,they are a huge impact on our planet, because not only do they protect the earth from flooding, they also protect the plants and animals to and they are 99% of our Oxygen we breathe. I saw a saying a child said, and it goes like this, “Trees are like our children, we take care of our children, so take care of our trees.” (Unknown)
Some links to check out :
Pictures: Surprising Effects of the U.S. Drought! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/08/120803-pictures-surprising-effects-of-us-drought/
- What Causes Global Warming?
- Effects of Global Warming !
- What Is Global Warming?
- The Planet Is Heating Up—and Fast
- Global Warming Solutions !
- What Can We Do?
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Below you will find recommendations for reducing your environmental impact. If there are no recommendations, congratulations, you are very environment-friendly. If there are recommendations, you have opportunity for improvement!
carbon / year
Did You Know…
Car Pool-Also make a list try going from point a,b,c and back saves gas to when doing errands
Plant More Trees- we can never have enough trees
Plant More Flowers- or flowers to
Recycle- reuse blank paper from printer, make use of something if you can use it
Do your part to reduce air pollution and save money. Carpool to work if you can.
Plant deciduous trees near your house to shade it during the summer.
Use solar-powered walkway lighting to provide safe energy-efficient night lighting.
Recycle your plastic, paper, and glass to reduce waste going to landfills.
Here are some Recommendations to reduce your Environmental Impact:
Replacing your single pane windows with high-efficiency windows can save you up to 8,359 lbs. a year.
Save Up To 8,359 lbs. carbon / year
Weatherize By Professional:
If you have your house professionally weatherized, you could save up to 4,107 lbs. per year.
Save Up To 4,107 lbs. carbon / year
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, or if you haven’t properly programmed your thermostat, installing a programmable thermostat and setting it to 68F and lower for heating and 78F and higher for cooling when you are home, and to 55F or lower for heating and 85F or higher for cooling when you are away, can save you as much as 1,797 lbs. a year.
Save Up To 1,797 lbs. carbon / year
If you lower your heating setting from 70F to 68F, you could save as much as 1,797 lbs. per year.
Save Up To 1,797 lbs. carbon / year
Installing ceiling and floor insulation can save you up to 880 lbs. a year.
Save Up To 880 lbs. carbon / year
Weatherize Your Home:
If you caulk around your windows and doors, make certain the weather-stripping on your doors and windows is tight, weather-strip your attic door, and take other actions to seal your house further, you could save up to 456 lbs. per year.
Save Up To 456 lbs. carbon / year
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs:
If you replace the remainder of the incandescent light bulbs you use most often with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), you could save up to 159 lbs. a year.
Save Up To 159 lbs. carbon / year
If you lower your water heater setting to Low, you can save up to 43 lbs. a year.
Save Up To 43 lbs. carbon / year
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Your Final Tally—3.83 tons of CO2 per year
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42 people have taken the Challenge. The average score is 51.
You scored 53 percent lower than the regional average and 62 percent lower than the national average.
This meter measures your personal energy score based on the decisions you make in your home and in travel. It’s different from some per-person calculations you may have seen, which factor in each nation’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, including those from industrial and commercial activities. To see what those total per-capita emissions look like in the United States and around the world, see our global carbon map.
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Your Individual Tallies
- 1 In the Home: 0.874Tip: A programmable thermostat can help you easily turn down energy use when you are away or asleep.For ideas on how to reduce your impact at home, visit the Great Energy Challenge Mini Calculators.
- 2 On the Road: 2.958Tip: Use mass transit, ride sharing or a bicycle at least a couple of days a week to cut down energy while commuting.For a month-by-month plan to slim down your carbon emissions on the road, in the home, and for everyday living, visit our Energy Diet.
- 3 Renewable Energy: 0%Tip: See if your utility allows you to purchase solar or wind energy for a portion of your electricity use.
- 4 In the Air: 0Tip: Consider taking a train instead of a plane for shorter trips.
Energy Use (tons of CO2 per year)
- Your Total Score 3.83
- Regional Average8.17
- National Average10.0
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http://www.carbonfootprint.com/ to see your Carbon Foot Print you will be shocked, you can also go on: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/?source=NavEnvEnergy
- Global warming? Sea otters to the rescue! (zmescience.com)
- Global Warming : The Biggest Problem of The World (socyberty.com)