Global warming - it's about you

 

Slowly but surely the information about global warming seems to reach the most obstinate ignorants. Therefore let's sum up the current knowledge:

  • The global warming does indeed exist and it was mainly caused by humankind who is even still accelerating it.
  • From global warming we expect a rise of the average temperature leading to - among other things - melting of glaciers and melting of the polar ice, increase of the mean sea level as well as generally more of extreme weather events and nature disasters like droughts, floods, tornadoes, etc.
  • Only a drastic reduction of the waste gas emissions in the very near future can stop this trend.
  • CO2 (Carbon dioxide) emissions belong to the most important causes of global warming. CO2 is inevitably created by burning fossil fuels like e.g. oil, natural gas, diesel, organic-diesel, petrol, organic-petrol, ethanol.
  • Recent investigations have shown that inconceivable catastrophic changes in the environment will take place as soon as the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere reaches the level of about 450 ppm. Today's concentration is already at 380 ppm and it raises on average 2 - 3 ppm each year, so that the critical value will be reached in approximately 25 to 30 years from now. See here for some graphs.
Global warming causes: CO2 concentration

In the past, there was more or less a direct relation between the energy consumption (mainly fossil fuels) and the welfare of a country. This has so far prevented many countries from taking serious actions to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. As of today however, this relation is not true any more. Germany is a good example of a country where the CO2 emissions have been decreasing for several years despite of a growth of the economy.

In the Kyoto conference many countries have agreed to reduce their CO2 output until the year 2012, on average to 5% below their respective emissions of the year 1990. The USA - as the largest CO2 producer world wide - and most developing countries refused to sign this agreement.

 

Global phenomena are difficult to reach consensus about

Already today it becomes apparent, that a lot of western countries will largely miss their promises concerning the CO2 reduction. Several signer countries have even increased their CO2 output since the conference.

With this background, discussions have recently started about potential scenarios after the end of the Kyoto agreement, that is after the year 2012. The goal is to move also the USA as well as the developing countries into some sort of obligations.

However, even if it should be possible to sign new, similar agreements for the time after 2012, it is doubtful whether they would be more respected than the ones from Kyoto. This would only be different if sanctions were automatically imposed on those countries, whose CO2 emissions per person still exceed a certain CO2 level after a given transitional period. In the negotiations, each country would of course claim to be qualified for a higher CO2 emission per person than the other countries. Almost any country would fight for an emission level as high as possible. This would of course defeat the original purpose of the reduction agreement.

We are now at the core of the problem: Global warming is a typical global phenomena, where the causer of the emission does not automatically suffer from it himself. Cause and effect are separated both in time as well as geographical.

For non-global phenomena, this is different. Let's for example take a chemical accident with poisons: The immediate environment of the plant will be contaminated, human beings, animals and plants in the close environment are harmed. The damage is almost immediate and clearly visible. For this reason, laws are legislated and strictly imposed for storing and handling of chemical poisons, .

 

Personal responsibility

If you increase your personal petrol or gas consumption for this year by say 1'000 litres because you use the car more often, will this lead to natural disasters? And if yes, where? Nobody will be able to take you to the court, because it is not possible to prove a direct relation between your increased yearly consumption of fuels and a drought in Africa. This does not change the fact, however, that the CO2 emission produced by your car does indeed contribute to the global warming. No doubt, you and I are responsible for the climate change, too.

The following testimonies are typical:

  • Me alone, I cannot change anything, why should I then change my personal behavior?
  • I respect the laws, I don't do anything illegal. I am not against your saving energy, but leave me in peace with your ideas.
  • My energy requirement is modest. I won't change before the big polluters have changed their behavior.

These declarations share a fundamentally wrong assumption that we are not fully responsible for what we do. But the contrary is true: We are indeed fully responsible for everything we do or do not do! The fact that we don't get fined or taken into prison for certain deeds does by far not mean that these deeds do not have a big impact on our personal future life.

 

Life is about you and your behaviour (and not about the behaviour of others)

The goal of all human beings is to live in joy and perpetual harmony with oneself and with the environment, to be able to enjoy life free of sorrows and fears. We approach this goal step by step over a series of incarnations. (see here ).

Let's compare this with classes in school or with a study at the university: Based on your performance within the current semester, you can either advance to the next higher level or you will have to repeat the current level until you meet a certain performance criteria. In a similar manner our behaviour in daily life decides whether we approach the above mentioned goal of perpetual harmony with ourselves and with our environment or not.

Hence it should become evident that harming or even destroying nature - i.e. our environment and basis of being - does at the very end hinder ourselves most: We harm or destroy exactly what we eventually wanted to get in unison and harmony with.

In regard of the common rude and thoughtless dealing with nature, the above may sound rather hopeless for our future. For your personal development however, only your personal behavior counts and not the behavior of "average people" or of a certain majority. It's only about you! Therefore it is possible to develop yourself when you limit your negative footprint of your life here on earth (e.g. consumption of resources, pollution of the environment) to an acceptable level. This is your contribution to solving the problem.

On the other hand, it is impossible to get in perpetual harmony with yourself and with your environment if you do not limit your negative footprint to an acceptable level. It is also a matter of respect towards nature and all its creatures.

There is absolutely no reason at all to wait for laws or incentives from the government before you start with your personal contribution. Who, he does this immediately and by free will, will automatically get better conditions for his or her personal future - be it in this or in next incarnations. For the personal development, only decisions made by free will really do count. There will be very little effect on your personal development if you buy a more economic car because you cannot afford the fuel for a larger car any more. However, if you decide to buy a more economic car of your own free will because you want to reduce your negative effects on the environment, as reverence for the nature, then this will certainly have positive effects on your personal future.

 

Swindling is impossible - personal responsibility cannot be escaped from

Above we mentioned the similarity to a school or university. There is a teacher or professor who judges the students and their exams. However, who does judge our behaviour in our daily life? Who or what does decide about our personal future, how happy and content we are, how secure we feel?

This is exactly that part in ourselves, which makes "life" in us, differentiate human beings from dead material and which shapes our individuality. It is sometimes called "higher self", "spirit", "mind", "soul", "God in us", etc. It is not important how we call this part of us, however it is very important to recognize that it is part of ourselves. Therefore it is impossible to swindle or to escape from the personal responsibility. For you cannot hide anything from yourself!

The analysis and judgement of our decisions is taking place permanently and leads to corrections on our way of life: In order to learn what we are still missing, "life" will in the future confront us with situations that will give us the chance to try again. And it will repeat either in this or in future incarnations until we indeed do learn what we need to learn. (for further information have a look here ).

Take your personal responsibility serious (also) regarding the pollution which your existence and behavior either directly or indirectly creates. You do not only help prevent the earth from collapsing, but you do help yourself, too. If you personally take responsibility, you won't loose anything. On the contrary, you and everybody else is just gaining advantages.

Deeds are more important than words - do start now!

 


We will make available within a few weeks on this website a simple calculator to calculate your personal contribution to the global warming. The calculator will estimate your so called «carbon footprint» and allow to track it over a period of time. It will take into account travelling activities by public transportation, by car, by air planes, as well as heating with oil, gas, wood, etc. and the consumption of electrical energy.

Most people are shocked when they see how much CO2 they actually produce with their activities!

 

Comments

Relation between CO2, carbon and carbon footprint

I am getting confused: Some talk about co2, others about carbon footprint or about carbon emissions.

What's what? Or are they somehow related? What should be reduced to stop global warming?

CO2 carbon and carbon footprint

Whenever you burn fossil fuels like petrol, gas, wood, etc, you inevitably generate the gas CO2 called carbon dioxide. This large emission of carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming and all its side effects. Our goal must be to burn less fossil fuels for heating and for engines.

CO2 and carbon dioxide are just different names for exactly the same molecule. The CO2 molecule consists of 1 carbon and 2 oxygen atoms, the carbon molecule makes up 27 weight-percent of a carbon dioxide molecule or in other words: 27% of the CO2 molecule is carbon.

Example: If your emission is 100 kg CO2, then you can also say you emitted 27 kg carbon (27% of 100 kg CO2).

Most people calculate their personal carbon dioxide (= CO2) emissions, but some do calculate their carbon (=C) emission. It doesn't really matter what you measure, as long as you know how to convert one into the other. The conversion factors are:

  • convert CO2 (kg) into C: multiply kg CO2 by 0.27
  • convert C into CO2: multiply kg C by 3.70

The confusing thing is that people talk about carbon footprint but normally mean carbon dioxide footprint. So when you compare carbon footprints you should make sure whether both footprints are measured in kg CO2 (= carbon dioxide) or in kg C (carbon). Otherwise you need to use the above mentioned conversion factors.

 

talking to a carbon footprint expert?

Thank you, thank you.

I am getten an expert about CO2 (= carbon dixode) and carbon footprint!

We shuold do somthing

everyone needs to help out so th earth will not dissappear

A comment about personal responsibility and Global Warming

There are some ways to prevent the earth from disappearing like, reduce using the electricity at home by turning off the lights and TV at night when it is time for bedtime. Another one, do not throw any garbage either cups, bottles, and papers into the river that will contaminate the river. Be aware to use too much gasoline if the store is only three or four blocks away from your house. Recycling any items that can be recycles or drop it off at any recycling area.

carbon dioxide..

CO2 is one cause of global warming. Burning the wood produces Co2. humans use to burn woods because they use it in many ways.like cooking. my questions are how we can prevent using it?what is the other way or choice for not using wood to burn?

Burning fossile fuels is bigger problem

Burning wood is usually not that much of a problem because buring wood releases only the same amount of CO2 which has been absorbed when the tree has grown. As long as the "consumption" of wood does not exceed the growth of wood, it is OK. However deforestation is a catastroph. 

Most CO2 emitted by human beings is from burning fossile fuels (oil, gas, etc.). There is the real problem - apart from the above mentioned deforestation.

In some countries, it is possible to substitute wood for heating and/or cooking by solar energy. But this is usually more technology intensive.

garbage effects

Humain being is much selfish .It is creating restrictions for generatins to live. Garbage becomes more polluted when rubbish is thrown by wrapping in the polythenes.It would be vast effective when Govt will ban strictly to use them.To check the public implements are required.

Government has banned on

Government has banned on polythene but even then public is using polythenes and government does not take any stick action regarding this.So always try to keep your environmemt safe for our future generation.

save our world

i agree if we cut down on our electricity we can save the world and later on we can still have a world

GB

That's obvious everyon should make an effort, weather get worse and worse. we must think about our future, our future generation, our children. that's for sure, we won't die in making a little consession,

prevention of global worming

Every one should plant a tree . There should be one tree per head . We should use the vehicles which consume
least fossil fuel . Otherwise we can use the battery bykes . We should use solar cooker ,solar lights .
We can make compost from the biogarbage and reuse other garbages which can be.

sst

i also agree this

lyyyy

i also agree for our future...

I agree

I agree

global warming

i agree...it is a right thing that u have mentioned above......

WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree

i agree

i agree

YES WE SHOULD

yes we should do something about this global warming , we should try and stop it !

about global warming

i m doing now a project about global warming.
if any body can give any coments pliz send me

Where can i get info on global warming

can u help me out i need info on global warming for an oral report thanks logan

What kind of information do you need?

Logan,

What kind of information do you exactly need? On this site you can already find some if you go to this overview , then scroll down to the header "global warming" and click on the corresponding tags to get the articles.

Let me know if you need additional information.

Juerg

english

how to prevent global warming

prevent global warming by personal efforts

Sugestions for personal efforts
Make water harvesting arrangement to save water
Use Solar system as much as possible to replace electricity and fuel
Minimise using cars, walk as much as possible or use public transport to keep you fit and save petrol
Plant more and more trees
Use less AC and refigeration facilities

global warming

these solutions are already familiar to us all.is there any new or recent solutions?global warming should be reduced

Global warming solutions

You are right, these measures are familiar to us. The problem is that they are not implemented yet. Instead of asking and waiting for "new" solutions, we should implement the known measures as soon as possible. It is urgent.

Curb Global Warming as our

Curb Global Warming as our first priority at individual level.
Start practicing from now, measures for saving energy.
Energy-electricity,petrol,water
Change your life style-become vegetarian,avoid sitting in A.C,Walk or use public transport atleast once in a week.
Plant trees atleast 10 every year.

Sender: Dr.Asfa M.Yasin
NCERT
EMAIL.asfayasin@rediffmail.com

how to prevent global warming

we can prevent it by segragating our garbages, AVOID burning and cutting trees,

how to prevent global warming?

by personal efforts and by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

kutte

Global Law Guide

Grow new plant more we can prevent global warming.
Global Law Guide

english langugage

i want to know the change we have in 25 years ego on global warming

how to prevent Global warming

Respect Nature

Meaning of global warming

on seaching meaning of global warming on yahoo you can get your answer

effects

what needs two be reduced

School project

i need help with a school project bout global warming. help

school project

there are so many school projects about global warming...and this site helps alot to learn more about the effects of it...

we should all do something to save our environment!! and make it a sustainable earth!!

how global warming is impacting everyday life

where can i find the info. about this?

how global warming is impacting everyday life

whenever you burn fossil fuels like petrole gas wood etc. you invertably generate the gas co2 called carbon dioxide .this large emission of co2 is the main cause of global warming and all its side effects like cancer ect. can you suffer.

about stopping global warming

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gloal warmig

thak you

about global warming

plz send the information about global warming and its causes

truly speaking

this site helps alot more especially to us the students in the faculty of agriculture and enviromental sciences

globalwarming

yes,

global warming

Definition,causes,effects, possible solutions and as well as predictions

GLOBAL WARMING EFFECTS

IT leads our world to be surrendered under law of nature;
"NATURAL DETERMINISM " also this leads to fast end of world.
SO LETS TAKE CONTROL OF OUR WORLD!!!

geography

Discuss global warming: causes, effects and preventions

how can we reduce global warming?

well, plant more trees, do not litter, recycle and do not burn things like coal and fosil fuels. pollution causes global warming and carbon dioxide and methane are the two main gases that contribute to global warming.

Global Warming and our Footprint

I have been tasked with participating in a Military Installation Meeting concerning SIMS and EMS, and reducing the Footprint that a Military Post can leave on the Environment. One thought that came to mind, is that there are many old buildings being torn down, across the Installation. These buildings have been replaced or combined in newer modern type structures in different areas. What is left behind, are streets that service nothing. These streets are often redundent, and if left in place require constant upkeep. If removed they would create more or larger Green Spaces. If left in place ,do these streets cause additional Warming of the Environment? I ask this because, in the cities we ususally see an increase in Daily Temperatures, compared to the more Rural areas. I realize that this is also caused by the increase in Vehicular traffic, and construction of large Concrete/Glass buildings that retain heat, but could the removal of uneeded Asphalt and Concrete be beneficial and is there any measure available for such actions? thanks Go Green!

language

sorrry 2 say but u need 2 improve ur language
ur data is excellent
noopur

confused!!

Dont get confused and dont take any tension just enjoy your life. It will never come back.