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Anthropogenic Global Warming: 3 Ways To Slow Climate Change

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 03:26 PM

Global warming caused by humans is typically referred to as "anthropogenic climate change," and decades of scientific study have revealed such weather shifts to be both natural and manmade.

The Obama administration released a May 6 report that asserted that climate change is already impacting Americans' lives daily, and the effects will only increase as manmade emissions of greenhouse gases continue.

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"Most of the warming of the past half-century is due to human activities," it says in the report, officially called the Third National Climate Assessment. "Some types of extreme weather are increasing, ice is melting on land and sea, and sea level is rising."

Scientists note occurrences like a decreased water supply and less agricultural production are evidence of how climate change has seeped into our daily existence.

With the issue seemingly so overwhelming, what can an individual do to help reverse any effects? Common, well-publicized ways such as recycling, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, and travelling via public transportation remain helpful, but there are other, less-familiar ways.

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1. Don't upgrade your phone as often. Apple and Samsung won't approve of this tactic, but mobile phones leaves a large carbon footprint. According to Ethical Consumer, making a phone releases 16 kilograms of C02 equivalent emissions, which increases to 22 kilograms after factoring in the added power required for a usage average time of two years.

In addition, smartphones are made with valuable raw materials that are extracted and processed, such as copper, gold, lead, silver, and palladium, as well as crude oil for glass and plastic.

2. Look for Energy Star. Seek out the Environmental Protection Agency's "Energy Star" label when shopping for new products for your home, as a way to save money and energy. The label can be found on more than 60 types of purchases, including appliances, lighting, heating/cooling equipment, and electronics.

Energy Star products in the home can lower greenhouse gas emissions by about 130,000 pounds and save $11,000 on energy bills, the EPA said.

3. When buying a new or used vehicle, shop for the cleanest, most fuel-efficient, low-greenhouse gas vehicle to meet your needs, which will help the environment and your financial bottom line.

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