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Why We Should Care About Global Warming

Global warming is climatic change observed as a rise in the average temperature of the earth’s surface. Multiple streams of scientific evidence show that climate change has been occurring since the 1950s. Signs of global warming include heat waves, sea-level rising, flooding, melting glaciers, earlier spring arrivals, the bleaching coral reef as well as the high spread of disease.

Unless climate change is brought under control, the impacts of climate change will continue to affect life on earth.

There are many causes of global warming. Some causes are natural and others are caused by man. The biggest culprits of manmade global warming are companies that burn coal as well as natural gas and vehicles that burn gasoline or diesel. The usage of plastics is also bad for the environment.

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How we will be affected by global warming?

Many places in the world are already experiencing more extreme temperature swings. Signs such as fewer cold days and nights as well as days and nights that are much hotter than normal are happening around the world.

One place that is being drastically affected is the Arctic. In the near future scientists predict that Arctic sea ice is likely to disappear in summer. This is really bad news for the Arctic ecosystem. Wildlife such as the polar bears, seals, and sea lions are under threat due to climate change.

The temperature across the United States is on the rise. Since 1900, the average temperatures in USA have increased by 1.5F and are expected to go up by 2F.

The overall temperatures are rising faster on land than over the ocean and this rise in temperature is more pronounced in winter. In the USA’s Midwest and Great Lakes areas, winter temperatures are seven degrees warmer than the past.

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Parts of North America Likely To Be Affected First

The Caribbean and Southeast USA will be among the first areas to be affected. The areas will receive drier summers, increased winds and also increased rain and storms surges.

Chicago is another place that is likely to be highly affected by climate change. The annual heat-related deaths in Chicago have already increased from an average of 200 a year in 1970s to almost 700 a  year now.

In Northwest USA, the spring snow pack has so far declined by 25% within 40 years and is likely to decline by 15% more if the global warming case in USA is not attended urgently.

Outcomes of Global Warming

Some of the potential outcomes of global warming are:

  • Changes in the weather patterns
  • Increased in the spread of disease worldwide
  • Increase of extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes
  • Increase in the sea levels causing foods
  • Changes in current wind patterns that may affect precipitation
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How to be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

Owning a pet comes with lots of responsibilities. In addition to being responsible for the welfare of the animal, there are certainly other things also that you might need to take care of. Many people tend to take these things for granted. Since animals don’t really know how to be “green”, it is left to us humans to ensure that we are not doing something that could be detrimental to the environment. If you too want to know how you can be an environmentally sustainable dog owner, read on to learn some of the different approaches.

Use eco-friendly items

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Use eco-friendly items including leashes, beds, toys, and grooming products. Cotton, wood chip, alpaca, and hemp-based fabrics and roping are ideal for pet toys, bedding, leashes, and other woven items.

The natural fibers are biodegradable, utilize more ready resources of clean growth and manufacture, and are even more washable. An example of a green grooming product is shampoo or flea bite treatment comprised of non-toxic ingredients such as chamomile, witch hazel, and other plant based extracts. Choose an eco-friendly vacuum cleaner for pet hair to keep your home clean and green.

Buy Gourmet Dog Treats and Pet Food

This is an easy way to be a green pet owner. These days, it’s fairly effortless to find organic pet treats and organic pet food today…they are everywhere!
These organic treats and food are eco-friendly because the ingredients are pesticide free and all natural.

Also, less energy is used when making them. In addition to being good for the environment, organic dog treats and food are also very good for your pet’s health.

Because the ingredients are natural and pesticide free, your pet will most likely experience the following benefits: reduction of skin allergies, more energy, less digestive problems, healthy weight and an overall stronger immunity. I believe the higher price of these organic pet treats and food is well worth it and can save you money later on in vet bills.

Shop for pet toys that are safe

Dogs and cats love playing with toys. However, they can easily quickly destroy them with their over-exuberance. Many toys contain chemical elements within the material which are bad for the environment and detrimental to your pet. Buy toys that are produced using natural materials – they’re eco-friendly but also should your pet bite a bit off and consume it, it won’t cause any problems.

It is possible to buy dog and cat play toys created from loofah, a rapid-growing renewable resource comparable to cucumber and pumpkin, the toys are great for chewing and can also help with keeping your pet’s teeth clean.

Properly dispose of feces

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Disposing of pet feces in an eco-friendly way prevents the pollution of our environment, including the air and waterways. It’s possible to compost some types of feces along with food waste to use to fertilize your garden.

Use eco-friendly bags for pickup and disposal of waste. There are also cat toilet seats on the market that provide a means of training your cat to use the toilet instead of the highly environmentally impactful litter.

Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite products. It just means that you make wiser choices that can help the planet, not hurt it. If you want to try and live a greener life, start small and go from there.

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How Donald Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Accord Will Affect The Planet

With an aim of conserving and protecting the environment from climate change, many countries, including the USA adopted an agreement by consensus called the Paris Accord. The Paris Accord was an agreement put together in 2015 with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The nations that supported this agreement were working on strategies to achieve this aim.

Enter Donald Trump. No one would have predicted two years later, in June 2017, the new president of the United States of America would withdraw the USA from the agreement.

Many nations and climate activists feel that this is the wrong decision.

Climate change is a reality and a threat to all nations in the world. So, the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Accord affects the efforts of all nations that are trying to find a way through the climate change maze.

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Effects of the decision in USA

Unless you have a crystal ball, no one really knows what the future will bring but what we do know is the decision by Trump to withdraw from the agreement means there is no longer any solidarity in the fight to save our planet.

Firstly, the decision to pull out sends a signal to the world that the current administration doesn’t care about the environment as much as the previous administration. Does this really matter? Well, time will tell.

There’s a strong possibility the US economy could suffer from President Trump’s decision, not only from lost job opportunities for Americans to help protect and conserve the environment.

Even more detrimental, is the possibility of diplomatic consequences such as higher taxation on carbon exports or other countries refusing to cooperate on other projects with the USA.

Effects of the decision to the world

The US government had pledged $3Billion towards the Green Climate Fund, which was to be used to help the developing countries combat climate change. This means that these developing countries have to find other means of raising money towards that purpose.

One could argue that developing countries don’t deserve to be funded and, in some cases, funds often end up not being used for the purpose they were intended. This may be true but pulling support unequivocally is not a good sign of strong leadership. What the world needs for someone to step up and lead the way. There is no doubt the planet needs saving and for the biggest and strongest country in the world to pull out sets a precedent for other countries to follow.

Does this mean it’s ok to put less focus into protecting the environment?

Will this decision trigger the start of serious damage to the planet?

I seriously hope not but there’s a distinct possibility we may look back at this point in time as the beginning of the end of the Earth we know and love.

Climate change caused by global warming is irreversible and future generations may not get to enjoy the beauty of the world.

I hope that the heads of other nations will urge the US to continue upholding policies that reflect those set out by the Paris Accord.

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10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste

Everyone in the world uses plastic at some point in his or her life. Most people use it every day. Breaking this habit is difficult and some might say that doing so is impossible. However, trying to do so is worth it because it will make a difference. Remember, plastics that do not reach recycling industries end up in landfills and oceans contaminating the environment. Various creatures consumer this waste, and since they cannot digest it, they die from it. Every day thousands of birds, fish, and turtles among other animals die from these plastics. Recycling is one way of reducing the waste that ends up in landfills, and although it helps, it takes more than that to achieve effective management of plastic waste. Here are 10 ways to reduce plastic waste.

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1- Use your bag when you go shopping

The relevant authorities have limited the use of thin plastic bags, but doing so does not change the fact that people use over five billion plastics bags globally each year. Using the same bag or fiber basket every time you go shopping is a way of showing that you care about the environment.

2- Avoid bottled water

Bottled water leads to the buildup of plastic waste. If you can use a refillable bottle every time you are out of the house, then do so because this small gesture will play a huge role in reducing plastic waste.

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3- Take a thermos to the coffee shop

If you are a fan of coffee, then it is likely that you go to the coffee shop every morning. You should note that although disposable coffee cups look like paper, a substantial part of them is plastic. More specifically, the wrapping is usually polyethene, which is plastic. Bringing your thermos to the coffee shop reduces the use of such cups.

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4- Do not use a straw

Whether it is at home or at a bar or restaurant, people use plastic straws one-time only leading to the buildup of these plastic items. Stop this buildup by avoiding the use of straws.

5-Say no to gum

Originally, chicle was the substance used to make gum. Manufacturers replaced chicle, a tree sap that is natural rubber, with polyethene and polyvinyl acetate. Although you can recycle gum, it is better to avoid it altogether.

6- Use matches instead of a plastic lighter

Whether you want to make a campfire or light a candle, use a match instead of using disposable plastic lighters that sit in landfills for years after you dispose of them.

7- Return reusable containers

If you go to farmers market and buy berries or cherry tomatoes packed in plastic containers, be sure to bring them back with you when you need a refill.

8- Use cloth diapers

Instead of using disposable diapers that contain a lot of plastic, consider cloth diapers. These diapers reduce your child’s carbon footprint in the world in addition to saving you loads of money.

9- Skip the disposable razor

Instead of buying a disposable plastic razor every month, invest in one that allows you to change the blade once it becomes blunt.

10- Start your own waste-free period

Pads and tampons contain a lot of plastic material. You can make your period waste free by using other options such as DIY-with-pride reusable pads, Ruby Cup, and Diva Cup.

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5 Green Ways to Keep Your Pool Clean

Having a pool in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t look after the environment. There are several things you can to do to keep your pool clean without polluting your home space. So, do have a think about your backyard and help the environment by trying a more eco-friendly way of keeping your swimming pool clean.

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1-Build a natural plant pools

Natural plant pools are popular in Europe and are known as swimming ponds. The pool is constructed with a plastic liner. A separate area planted with aquatic vegetation is built right next to the pool and the plants are a biological filter for the pool. If it’s built correctly, natural plant pools are self-cleaning systems with lower maintenance costs.

2-Choose a salt water pool

Add salt water to your pool by using a special type of generator to create chlorine naturally. Some salt water pool systems have the ability to oxidize other contaminants like body oil, urine and sunscreen. While salt water pools are not chemical or chlorine free, the volume of products needed is reduced considerably.

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3-Use An Ultraviolet Pool Cleaner

By using an ultraviolet pool cleaner, you will cut down on the chlorine you need to use in your pool. How this works is you install a sterilizer between your pool filter and the water return line. Ultraviolet systems are energy efficient as they use ultraviolet light to eliminate chlorine by-products.

4-Try an ozone pool system

An ozone pool system works along the same lines are an ultraviolet pool cleaner by utilizing ultraviolet light. The ozone is mixed with pool water –  through a circulation system – resulting in the elimination of contaminants. An ozone pool system will still require the use of chlorine, however, you’ll use a lot less.

5-Buy a robotic pool cleaner

If you’re not in the position to install a new kind of pool system, then the most eco-friendly type of pool cleaner to choose is a robotic pool cleaner. Robots are beginning to play a huge role in our daily lives and robotic pool cleaners have come a long way. By having a robotic cleaner that is energy efficient, your pool will stay cleaner and greener.