Monday, August 13, 2012

Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to global warming, you will find no shortage of information.  Whether you look online, turn the television on, or pick up a newspaper, you are likely to see something on global warming.

Global warming is a topic that is becoming “hot”  (pun intended).  :-)   Most of the information that you will read or see on television concerns the negative affects that global warming will have on our planet, such as coastal flooding, erratic weather, and the faster spread of diseases. Another popular global warming topic is prevention.  You are also likely often presented with ways that you can help to stop or at least lessen the impact of global warming.  These ways often include purchasing energy efficient appliances, cars, and light bulbs.

The Great Global Warming Swindle
The Great Global Warming Swindle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although much attention and focus is placed on what global warming is and what we can do to stop it, you will also find opposition.  In recent years, we have learned just how much opposition the global warming theory has.  Global warming is no longer a cause for environmentalists; it is also a big cause for debate.  This debate circles around a number of different viewpoints, such as the one that global warming is just a scam to collect money for environmental organizations and the view that the changes we are seeing aren’t directly related to global warming, as they have been anticipated for years now.

So what does all this debate mean for you and other Americans?  It often means uncertainty.  Do you believe in global warming?  If you are uncertain, do you at least feel that it is an issue that needs to be discussed more?  If so, you are not alone.  Many Americans would like to see more information and proof on global warming.  The good news is that you can easily find this proof online or with television and movie documentaries, such as An Inconvenient Truth.  The internet is another tool that you may want to use, when giving global warming a closer look.  In fact, you may want to take the time to research both sides of the global warming debate. 

Even if you do not officially believe in global warming, you may still be concerned with the environment.  As outlined above, some opposition believes that the earth’s temperature would rise anyways, as it has been doing so for years now.  The same can be said with sea level, as a rise has always been anticipated.  Even if global warming isn’t the cause of these changes, they can still cause alarm.  The one thing that many experts agree on, whether or not they can agree on global warming, is that some of the prevention tips suggested are ones that can do no harm.  These tips include carpooling when possible and reducing as much energy in your home as possible, such as by turning off all unused lights and appliances. For more tips on saving energy, be sure to keep your eye on this blog, and browse through the archives as well.

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