Global Warming: Why People Should Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Global warming is affecting our world more than you might think. The increasing global average temperature of our planet’s climate system, also known as global warming, is causing changes in weather patterns, extreme weather events, arrivals of certain seasons, and more in a very short period of time.

The main cause of global warming is human-caused carbon dioxide emissions. Since fossil fuels like coal and petroleum are the major source of energy, it is hard to imagine how we can get out of this problem once we start using them more frequently.

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In fact, as the demand for fossil fuels increases, so does the need to produce more fossil fuels to power our modern society. This increase in production and use of energy has resulted in an imbalance in the earth’s atmosphere and climate systems.

The increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions are the primary driver behind global warming

When humans emit greenhouse gas into the air, it causes the earth’s temperature to rise, which in turn causes other environmental effects as well, including

  • Higher sea levels
  • Melting ice caps and glaciers
  • Melting snow and melting permafrost

We cannot wait until these effects begin to take place before we can do something about it. The increase in greenhouse gases comes from a number of different sources. We use fossil fuels to power our modern society, which means we’re taking fossil fuels out of the earth environment.

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Some fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas, are extracted using techniques that deplete the planet’s natural supplies of oil and gas, as well as other fossil fuels. We emit carbon dioxide into the air, which is one of the major causes of global warming.

We release pollutants into the atmosphere from the landfills where we dump garbage, the factories where we produce products, the wastewater from our homes, the combustion of fossil fuels, and even the smoke from burning coal and petroleum.

Another way that we increase the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is by burning coal and petroleum for energy

Burning fossil fuels releases carbon monoxide, which is the main component of black smoke that comes from burning coal. Burning coal also releases other pollutants into the atmosphere, such as ozone and other greenhouse gases that can contribute to the warming of the earth.

Global warming also occurs because of the melting of glaciers and ice caps, which trap heat and make the earth’s temperatures increase. In addition, the melting of the ice caps and glaciers has also contributed to the rising of sea levels.

It is not enough to simply stop burning fossil fuels or reducing carbon dioxide emissions alone. A complete shift from fossil fuels and a change in personal habits will not be enough to solve the problem. As long as the problem remains, we will need to do more to try to reduce our carbon emissions.

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We need to make better decisions regarding the use of fossil fuels and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. Because we need a lot more than a few simple steps to deal with the problem of global warming. What we need now is a serious action to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions at home, in our community, and as a whole.

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By reducing our carbon emissions, we will also need to make smarter investments, invest in better energy efficiency, make more efficient use of energy sources, conserve energy, reduce the amount of waste that is produced, improve landfills, and recycle everything in our home that can be recycled. In this way, we can greatly reduce the impact of global warming on the planet.

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I am Adegboyega Tunde Temitayo. A registered Town Planner with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC).

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