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Global Warming: What's All the Hype?

Weíre in a countdown to extinction, and melting icebergs, climbing temperatures, and escalating panic about vanishing animal populations have inspired a buzz-worthy global warming global warming frenzy -- rife with warnings, stories and suggestions to help us save the world. Al Goreís Oscar-winning documentary, ďAn Inconvenient Truth,Ē brought the climate crisis and its immediate impact into focus for many an unsuspecting moviegoer, and, as the telltale signs of global warming begin to appear before our eyes, news organizations and advocacy groups across the country are jumping aboard the conservation express.

Call the fight against global warming what you will Ė a political strategy, a foolís errand, a liberal agenda Ė but thereís no denying that global warming is real and is happening now. Itís our fault, and weíre the ones who have to stop it if we want to survive.

Youíve heard the same speeches from the same advocates over and over again, and youíve got the buzzwords entrenched in your brain Ė emission reduction, greenhouse gases, fossil fuels. The climate crisis saturates the news, as we learn that the polar bears are dying off, Greenlandís melting away, and hotter temperatures are causing natural disasters that are destroying our land and our loved ones. But buzz is one thing, and actionís something else. What can we do, both on a national and individual level, to help stop global warming?

This week, California took a first step in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by passing a bill requiring all gasoline sold in California to contain 10 percent ethanol, a gas made from corn that requires less petroleum than fossil fuels.

Why not make the switch nationally, and require all refineries to meet new, cleaner, earth-friendly standards? Some Senate lawmakers propose that we need a shift in our national goals. Instead of focusing on increased oil production, we need to try to stop global warming on a national level. Letís pass bills that channel oil subsidy money into renewable energy instead.

But itís not just lawmakers who can take steps to reduce global warming. You have the power to help save the world too. Lead by example, and encourage your friends and family to go green and stop global warming. Here are a few things you can do:
1. Use power strips at home, and switch off the power to your appliances when youíre not using them. Anything thatís plugged in uses energy even if itís turned off. Flip the switch.
2. Put a water bottle full of pennies in the tank of your toilet to save gallons of water per flush.
3. If you have to drive instead of taking public transportation, check the air in your tires. When your carís tuned up, it gets better gas mileage.
4. Recycle, recycle, recycle. How many times do you have to hear it? Recycling isnít that difficult to do, and recycling a single soda can saves enough energy to watch six hours of TV.

There are countless other things you can do to help save the environment. Donít leave it all up to the lawmakers and politicians, since they need public support if they want to get anything done. Global warming is real, and itís happening now. So be a superhero. Save the world. Someoneís got to.

To read more about global warming and how to go green, visit GreenerFAQs

About Author

Lisa Barnard is a technophile, blogger and web surfer who cares about the environment and wants to stop global warming. Find more information at GreenerFAQs, or



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