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Titel: Fact sheet on global warming
Kategorie: Englisch / Texte und Interpretationen

Definition: Increase of the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans in recent decades

Facts on global warming:
  • affects all countries on earth
  • regions near the coast are affected escpecially because the sea level increases
    Pfeil flooding of low-lying areas
  • sea level increases because global warming makes the ice of the polar caps melt
  • caused by the greenhouse effect (Pfeil greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, ...)
  • deforestation (especially of tropical rainforests) intensifies the origination of greenhouse gases
    Pfeil Forests are important because they are able to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen (Pfeil photosynthesis) that is required by humans and animals.
  • greenhouse effect shouldn’t be confused with the destroying of the protective ozone layer which is mainly caused by the emission of CFC
  • causes desertification of large areas
  • affects agriculture in Europe Pfeil failure of crops
  • long periods of heat can cause diseases (e.g. circulatory collapse)

Organizations and efforts that try to deal with the problem:
  • IPCC = Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (Pfeil organization that analyzes the climate change)
  • Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

What can you do?
  • make use of public transportation instead of your own car
  • buy vegetables and fruit that were grown in your country in order to avoid long transports which cause emissions of greenhouse gases
  • save energy by switching off electric devices you don’t need
  • install a solar plant in order to be independent of fossil energy sources like coal
  • consider the acquisition of an electric car instead of a car which is driven by gasoline
    care for a good thermal insulation of your house in order to save energy


 
 
 
 
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