Global Warming

There seems to be a lot of controversy about global warming these days. Some say it is a fact, others say it isn’t. But regardless of whether or not it is a fact, let’s step aside from the arguments on the subject, and take a common-sense approach. let’s take look at the issues involved.

What is Global Warming?

We can take a look at the definition of global warming – without taking sides or getting into vested interests, political motivations, reasons, or causes.

The definition of global warming in its purity is “an overall increase in world temperatures.” As you can see, whether this has to do with greenhouse emissions, or whether it is caused by a natural phenomena, has no bearing on whether there is an average temperature increase.

Is There an Overall Increase in World Temperatures?

Alright, now we can take a look at what scientists say about world temperatures.

Again, we are going to leave out the reasons why, and simply look at whether or not the Earth’s general temperature is rising.

According to NASA scientists, the average temperature of the earth rose by one degree Celsius, over the last century. This is based on actual measurements taken with exact measuring instruments.

Another report, compiled and submitted by 600 scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued the following statement:

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”

These 600 scientists sifted through thousands of studies and reports, in order to come to the above conclusion.

Even scientists who are “opposed” to the global warming theory are not contradicting the fact that the earth’s temperature is rising. These scientists are only saying that global warming is a natural phenomena, and is not caused by man.

The Causes of Global Warming

There are several factors that could contribute to or influence global warming.

Greenhouse gases are gases that prevent heat from escaping from the Earth’s atmosphere. A few examples of greenhouse gases are:

– Carbon Dioxide – A minor but important part of the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide prevents heat from escaping earth, by blocking infrared radiation reflected off the Earth’s surface from leaving the atmosphere.

– Methane – A gas produced through the decomposition of waste (in landfills, animal waste, and decomposition of food in human and animal digestive systems). It is created by the production and distribution of natural gas, oil and coal. It is also is produced by incomplete fossil-fuel combustion.

– Nitrous Oxide – Another gas produced through the use of commercial fertilizers, natural fertilizers, and fossil fuel combustion (cars, airplanes, and conventional power plants, to name a few).

– Chlorofluorocarbons – Commonly referred to as CFC gases, these are produced primarily by our industries, and are used for products such as, styrofoam, spray-can propellants, refrigerants, electronic circuit boards, and many more.

– Water Vapor – This is completely natural, and is caused by the sun evaporating water from our oceans.

As you can see, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide are produced mainly by human resources, whereas chlorofluorocarbons are exclusively produced by industrial installations.

Out of all the above, interestingly enough, the greenhouse gases which have the largest effect on global warming are water vapors. This fact will no doubt please all critics of the “global warming theory”.

You have to keep in mind, however, the cyclic effect of global warming. A slight increase in temperature will increase the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, which in turn will increase the temperature, and so on. Thus, a slight effect created by other greenhouse gases has a much larger impact, due to the creation of additional water vapor in the atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases: Facts and Figures

Let’s go over some facts and figures here. Again, keep in mind that these are measurements taken by scientific tools. They are not statements for or against global warming.

– The amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has increased by 25 percent since the early 1800s. Ten percent of this increase has occurred between 1958 and the present day.

– There are two main factors that responsible for the increase of carbon dioxide. The leading cause is the burning of fossil fuels. Next in line is deforestation.

– Methane content of the atmosphere increases at a rate of 0.6 percent per year, by current measurements. The atmospheric methane content is now more than twice as high as it was before the Industrial Age, which started in the early 1800s.

The Effects of Global Warming

I am not the doom-and-gloom sort of person, so I am going to spare you the details here. But I do have an opinion on this subject and I will share it with you.

Regardless of whether the globe is warming or not, it is simply common sense to take care of the environment you live in.

The plain truth of the matter is that carbon monoxide is unhealthy, methane makes for unpleasant breathing, and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere is no laughing matter.

While the lack of ozone might make for faster tanning at the beach, the long term effects are not as desirable.

What You Can do About Global Warming

Believe it or not, you are important – what you do and say is listened to by others, and does make a difference.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort.  A little extra care will go a long way. Many are already doing it, and all of us need to get aboard.

It starts as simply as recycling your waste, saving energy where you can, or even planting a tree.

A great way to reduce pollution is the use of solar power. 75% of the average home’s energy consumption goes to hot water and heating. The most economical, effective, and inexpensive way to use solar power is using solar heating, and solar hot water heaters.  Find out more at Solar Hot Water.

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By | 2014-11-10T14:57:52-08:00 October 5th, 2008|Green Living, Alternative Energy|

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  1. David@Healthy Recipes June 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    This looks delicious 🙂 I am adding it to my recipe book !

  2. Brendan@Sell My House Fast December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I wish I liked tomato soup, I’m more of a chili guy!

  3. Diet for stomach ulcers November 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I don’t think this is that easy to prepare especially for those that can’t cook.

  4. Receptai November 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

    This looks pretty easy, I will give it a try! 🙂

  5. jess@income and growth fund October 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Tomatoes are really good for you because they are full of antioxidants. Most antioxidant rich foods become hard to find come winter, but the good thing about tomatoes is, in most places, you can find them year round and they are great in warm soup form!

  6. Lenora October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This is a very good and easy recipe. I made some tries before, for my own specialty soup, and I turned to making tomato soup as my forte.

  7. Tina@ab tronic x2 October 8, 2011 at 3:39 am

    This looks like a simple, fast, and delicious recipe. I love trying new soups, and this will definitely taste amazing. Thank you for posting.

  8. melreese@healthy building October 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I recently read a book about super foods that are rich in antioxidants. Tomatoes are on the list. I am always looking for a new way to work them into my diet.

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  10. Dave@tent brochures July 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Anyone have a great tomato soup recipe with not a lot of salt content?

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    Who knows why we aren’t seeing more electric snow blowers being used across the country

  12. sha@Raspberry Mousse Recipe January 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thank for sharing the quick Tomato soup recipe. I will sure make this recipe for my daughter. I Tweeted you, but got some application error. Please fix it.
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    • Cheryl January 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      The Tweet button seems to be working now. I hope your daughter enjoys her soup!

  13. Nancy@Electric Roaster November 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Tomato Soup is great with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich! This recipe is so quick and easy. I can’t wait to try it.

  14. Julie November 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I love tomato soup. I have a recipe that my mom used but I think I will try yours.

  15. Andrew June 12, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Nice recipe, I prefer to roast the tomatoes as it makes the soup more intense.

  16. Tom May 21, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Tomato soup is my favorite. I like to have mine with homemade croutons.

  17. Collector May 14, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Adding other vegetables would be great so as not to make the dish look boring.

  18. Yogurt Maker March 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the recepie I will give it a try. 😆

  19. Cheryl December 28, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    This is simple soup, with no artificial ingredients or sugar! Another variation, for people who find the flavor just too tomato-ey: add soy sauce, A-1, worcestershire, teriyaki, toasted sesame oil, or any other strong flavoring to make a new flavor.

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