I have been writing these little research papers for my Chemistry class. Here is one I wrote about on global warming and climate change. I think we can all do a little something to make a difference, don’t you think?
Title: Awareness About Global Warming Can Change Our Climate
Author: Christina Kachanovsky
Abstract: If humans become more aware of the effects global warming has on our climate change, then they can decrease the rate of Co2 rising.
As humans, we are limited to ways in order to save the planet and help the environment. Many people have taken into account to recycle, avoid plastic straws, and reuse their glass water bottles. These are just some small examples, but when the vast majority starts to follow this “trend,” it can make a big difference in saving the environment. Small steps lead to big changes. Obviously, we can’t stop natural environmental happenings such as volcanoes or hurricanes from occurring, but one action we are blamed by scientists is the increase in carbon dioxide, or Co2.
Our world needs to be informed about global warming and climate change. The next time you see a tree, plant it! The next time you wonder whether or not you should invest in solar panels, do it! You won’t just be saving money for yourself in the long run, you will be helping the environment. Likewise, the next time you are deciding between a fun car or a fuel efficient car, think twice. The more people who become aware of how our choices impact the world, the more we, as a society, can make a difference to prevent the rise in Co2 levels. When Co2 levels increase, we may have deadly consequences. There are many ways to help the environment. The first step is to be aware. The second step is to tell others!
Introduction/Background: What is causing climate change and global warming and what can we do to prevent it from occurring? I chose to write about the effects humans have on climate change and global warming because I enjoy writing about things that can benefit other people. I never understood what causes global warming and after doing a bit of research, I realized we have dramatically increased global warming. Yes, us! Humans! I then, understood that I can do things to prevent this. My goal was to inform and inspire people to make a difference in our planet. One step at a time can lead to big impacts in our earth’s Co2 levels.
Main Body: What is carbon dioxide? According to NASA.gov, “carbon dioxide is a heat trapping gas which is released through human activities, such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels” (NASA, 2019). Natural processes such as volcanic eruptions and respiration also causes Co2 levels to rise, but we have no control over that. What does carbon dioxide have to do with us and how do we, as humans, have any influence over it? Carbon dioxide has changed our climate in a major way in the past twenty years. In the Figure 1 and 2 below, it shows how Co2 has increased 411 parts per million (NASA, 2019).
Figure 1. This is a picture of CO2 in 2016.
Figure 2. This is a picture of CO2 in 2002.
How could fourteen years make such a difference in our environment? Let’s start with climate change and global warming. “Global warming is the increase in temperature on our Earth that results from human activities such as burning coal, gas, and fossil fuels” (Waldron, 2019).
“Climate change is the result of global warming; the earth is warming up faster than it has warmed in the past” (Waldron, 2019). Therefore, these burning of gases, specifically referring to Co2, have very deadly consequences.
That being said, what can we do to help our environment? My guess is that many people in our world are not aware of what they are doing to the environment, thus, don’t do anything to make a difference. If humans became more aware of climate change and global warming, then they can decrease the rate of Co2 rising. In a study at the University of Yale, an article, “Who Is Changing Their Mind about Global Warming and Why?” States that “four out of five people in their study say they are more concerned about global warming” (Yale Program, 2019). They said that they “personally experienced climate impacts or heard about them; they learned about global warming and climate change, or they saw the problem as more serious” (Yale Program, 2019). Also in this study, 84% became more concerned about it while only 4% are doing something about it (Yale Program, 2019). The more people become aware, the more they are willing to change how they live. There are many ways we can impact our environment. Below, I have listed three examples.
Discussion: One thing we can change is the way we burn gas through fuel efficient cars. Smart cars have been created to be more fuel efficient and thus, helping the earth release less Co2 gases. Another way we can help the environment is for more of us to use “solar energy to power our homes, buildings, and cars” (Waldron, 2019). “The sun is our unlimited and free resource that we can use for power. It helps our environment because solar energy converts light energy from the sun to electrical energy” (Waldron, 2019). And lastly, we can plant more trees to produce more oxygen. Since Co2 is increasing, our oxygen levels are decreasing. We can produce more oxygen by planting more trees to help us breathe less carbon dioxide and more oxygen.
List of References:
“Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet.” NASA, NASA, https://climate.nasa.gov/. 2019. (Accessed 9/8/19)
“CU Sea Level Research Group.” CU Sea Level Research Group | University of Colorado, 2018, http://sealevel.colorado.edu/.(Accessed 9/8/19)
Waldron, Kimberley. 21st Century Chemistry. 2cd ed., W.H. Freeman, Macmillan Learning, 2019.(Accessed 9/8/19)
“Who Is Changing Their Mind about Global Warming and Why?” Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, 9 Jan. 2019, https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/who-is-changing-their-mind-about-global-warming-and-why/.(Accessed 9/8/19)
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