If saving money is not enough reason for you to become energy aware, research shows that we are on the brink of a global warming catastrophe and we all need to do our part to help the planet.
There is a lot of information floating around about CLIMATE CHANGE. Most people know it has something to do with industrial pollution, changing weather and car exhaust. In a nutshell, climate change occurs when long-term weather patterns are altered. But, what does any of this have to do with you?
LET US BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU…
Q: WHY SHOULD I CARE?
A: EACH YEAR, SCIENTISTS LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW GLOBAL WARMING IS AFFECTING THE PLANET…
And many agree that environmental, economic and health consequences are likely to occur if current trends continue. Here are just a smattering of what we can look forward to…
Say Goodbye to Light and Dry Wines. Warmer temperatures mean grapes in California and France develop their sugars too quickly, well before their other flavors. As a result, growers are forced to either a) leave the grapes on the vines longer, which dramatically raises the alcoholic content of the fruit or b) pick the grapes too soon and make overly sweet wine that tastes like jam.
Say Goodbye to Baseball. The future of the ash tree -- from which all baseball bats are made -- is in danger of disappearing, thanks to a combination of killer beetles and global warming.
Say Goodbye to Fly Fishing. As water temperatures continue to rise, researchers say rainbow trout, "already at the southern limits" of their temperature ranges in the Appalachian mountains, could disappear there over the next century.
Say Goodbye to Ski Vacations. Slopes on the East Coast last year closed months ahead of time due to warmer weather, some losing as much as a third of their season.
Say Hello to Really Tacky Fake Ski Vacations Weiner Air Force and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey are building a year-round ski resort in Texas, with "wet, white Astroturf with bristles" standing in for snow to make up for all the closed resorts around the country.
Say Goodbye to That Snorkeling Vacation. The elkhorn coral which used to line the floor of the Caribbean are nearly gone, "victims of pollution, warmer water and acidification from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide seeping into oceans." -National Post
Say Goodbye to Salmon Dinners. Get ready for a lot more chicken dinners: Wild pacific salmon have already vanished from 40 percent of their traditional habitats in the Northwest and the NRDC warns warmer temperatures are going to erase 41 percent of their habitat by 2090.
Say Goodbye to Your Pretty Lawn. Thanks to global warming, dandelions will grow "taller, lusher, and more resilient." By 2100, the weed will produce 32 percent more seeds and longer hairs, which allow them to spread further in the wind. -L.A times
Say Hello to More Mosquitoes. Get ready for more mosquitoes. Mosquitoes like to live in drains and sewer puddles. During long dry spells (brought on by higher temperatures) these nasty, stagnant pools become a vital source of water for thirsty birds ... which provide a tasty feast for the resident mosquitoes. At the same time, these dry spells "reduce the populations of dragonflies, lacewings, and frogs that eat the mosquitoes." -Washington Post
GLOBAL WARMING KILLS THE PLANET
Melting Glaciers, early snowmelt and severe droughts will cause more dramatic water shortages and increase the risk of wildfires in the American West.
Rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding on the Eastern Seaboard, especially in Florida and in other areas such as the Gulf Of Mexico.
Forests,farms and cities will face troublesome new pests,heat waves,heavy downpours,and increased flooding. All those factors will damage or destroy agriculture and fisheries.
Disruption of habitats such as Coral Reefs and Alpine meadows could drive many plant and animal species to extinction.
Allergies, asthma, and infectious disease outbreaks will become more common due to increased growth of pollen-producing ragweed,higher levels of air pollutions,and the spread of conditions favorable to pathogens.
Is this the kind of world we want to leave for our children? Get started now to do your part.
Q: IS GLOBAL WARMING TOO BIG FOR ME TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT PERSONALLY?
A: NO. THERE ARE MANY SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION….
Make conserving energy a part of your daily routine and your decisions as a consumer. When you shop for new appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers, look for products with the Government's energy star label; They meet a higher standard for energy efficiency than the minimum federal requirements. When you buy a car, look for one with the highest gas mileage and lowest emissions. You can also reduce your emissions by taking public transportation or carpooling when possible.