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Global Warming

Global Warming

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Jared Gonzalez-DeesKeatonEng 11127 June 2013Global Warming SolutionsThe topic of Global Warming has been cause for heated debate as well as concernand annoyance for many years now. Global Warming is the
substantial change in Earth’s
climate and lasts for an extended period of time (YeSeul, et al 1). This has led some to believe that this might be the cause of the loss of Arctic ice. The causes of this phenomenon have been widely debated by scientists and onlookers alike. Moreimportantly the solutions to this problem have been the real meat of any discussion andare what this paper will be discussing. Global
warming is caused by a build up of “greenhouse gasses” in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide (CO2)
as well as many other  potentially harmful gases. The purpose of any green house gas is to trap some heat from
the sun and send it back to the Earth’s surface thereby warming the Earth. As with any
substance these gasses are harmless in the correct amount, but in amounts larger than arenatural that can be a different story.Many people have wondered what could possibly be done to reduce or stop theemission of these gasses into the atmosphere. One solution would be the capping of industrial and power plants so as to limit the amount of pollutants that are being sent intothe air. The Environmental Protection Agency has the power under the Clean Air Act toset limits for carbon pollution from major sources (nrdc.org) According to the Natural
Resources Defense Council “roughly forty percent of total emissions” for the U.S comes
 
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from power plants (nrdc.org). Plants have been required to use devices called scrubbersto trap toxic pollutants that would other wise be sent into the air and stay within federalclean air limits.The second largest factor in air pollution comes from the vehicles that humanityuses for transportation everyday. These cars, busses, planes, motorcycles, along withother fossil fueled vehicles all burn fossil fuels in order to function and transport peopleto whatever destination the intend on going to. The world needs to break its addiction tooil and other fossil fuels and manufacture fuel-efficient vehicles. Such vehicles as the fuelcell powered car, which have the potential to reduce the dependence on oil, and lower theharmful emissions that contribute to climate change. These cars run on hydrogen gasrather than gasoline and do not emit any harmful tailpipe emissions only pure water vapor. Although according to the government website www.f 
ueleconomy.org “several
challenges must be overcome before these vehicles will be competitive with conventional
vehicles, but the potential benefits of this technology are outstanding.”
Some advisoriesof this technology are quick to point out the drawbacks of the FCVs such as the cost of the vehicle, or the durability and reliability of the fuel cell itself. These fuel cell systemsare not as durable as internal combustion engines, this is even more apparent in sometemperatures and humidity ranges.The problems that plague the Human race seem to be easier to be dealt with whenhumanity bands together. In 2009 The Copenhagen Summit was made to replace theKyoto Protocol and set new goals for 2012 and beyond (wol.jw.org). This new protocolwas faced with three primary challenges. According to an article found on
the website of 
the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses
those three challenges are,
 
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1. Reaching legally binding agreements. Would developed countries accept thenecessary emission caps or limits, and would the major developing countries limitthe growth of their emissions.2. Financing a perpetual solution. The developing countries would need billionsof dollars for many years in order to cope with the accelerating consequences of global warming and to generate environmentally clean technology.3. Agreeing on a model for monitoring emissions. Such a model would helpindividual countries stay within their emission limits. It would also help to ensurethat developing countries use donated funds properly.This was one step forward in a positive direction despite the challenges the protocol facesits constituents have high hopes that it can truly help with put an end to the emission of too many pollutants into the atmosphere. Which will ultimately lower the surfacetemperature of the Earth.While all of these solutions have their own strengths and weaknesses alone noneof them will be able to do any lasting good. As previously stated the human race does its best work when it bands together under a common goal and focuses on achieving it. If allthese solutions were to be consolidated into one overall plan then it would have more alasting effect on the planet.

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