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In the present century, Global Warming is a burning issue. It is posing a great instability over the eco-system. And the worst thing is we ourselves are responsible to this. Our cities are getting polluted all the time by smoke from mills and factories and from the poisonous carbon monoxide gases sent out by vehicles.

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Global warming refers to the increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation.Global average air temperature near the Earth’s surface rose 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the past century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes, “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations,”[1] which leads to warming of the surface and lower atmosphere by increasing the greenhouse effect.

And what exactly are we doing ???…”Just Relaxing !!!”

So, here’s your chance to make a difference. Get your butts movin’ !!! Follow these 10 simple steps NOW to curb Global Warming.

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1) Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

2) Turn down the thermostat just three degrees in the winter and up three degrees in the summer.

3) Inflate your car tires. When walking or biking isn’t feasible, you can do something to better protect the Earth while driving. Take a step in the right direction by inflating your car tires. Pumping them up can improve your gas mileage by about 3.3 percent — a savings of about 7 cents per gallon. It’s the right thing to do for your wallet and the right thing to do for the Earth.

4) Turn down the hot water heater. Set your water heater to 130° F. While you’re at it, turn down your house thermostat during the winter to 55° F when you go to bed or leave home.

5) Choose your seafood wisely.

6) Purchase EnergyStar-labeled appliances.

7) Wash and rinse in cold water. If everyone in the United States alone switched to cold water with their washing machines, we could save about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide each year — and more than $3 billion in energy costs, collectively. And what’s more? Cold water cleans your laundry just as well as hot water.

8) Buy locally produced meats and produce. Sounds like a good idea, but you don’t know where to start? Just type in your zip code on Local Harvest’s website to see a list of farms and farmers’ markets close to home, as well as nearby restaurants committed to supporting their neighbors. Buying locally produced food cuts out the middlemen and the vast amounts of energy required to get your products onto store shelves. Most produce in U.S. supermarkets travels an average 1,500 miles before it is sold!

9) Drink more water from reusable glassware.

10) Walk, bike, and carpool. In the United States, the car represents one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. However, you don’t have to give up your car for a healthier planet, just expand your transportation options. You can significantly reduce your emissions by commuting to work. Try combining trips to minimize emissions, which are greatest at the beginning of a journey before the engine has reached optimum temperature and efficiency.

Do your part to ensure a healthy planet by incorporating these ten simple actions into your everyday life. 😀

– Inspired by Live Earth

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~ by Ayan on October 29, 2008.

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