Climate Change: Basic Information. - 06th December 2014
Humans are largely responsible for recent climate change.
Over the past century, human activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels to produce energy, although deforestation, industrial processes, and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around Earth, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to warm.
This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect and is natural and necessary to support life on Earth. However, the buildup of greenhouse gases can change Earth's climate and result in dangerous effects to human health and welfare and to ecosystems.
The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases we put in the atmosphere in the near future and for years to come.
We can reduce the risks we will face from climate change.
By making choices that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and preparing for the changes that are already underway, we can reduce risks from climate change.
Our decisions today will shape the world our children and grandchildren will live in.
We can make a difference
You can take action.
You can take steps at home, on the road, and in your office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the risks associated with climate change.
Many of these steps can save you money; some, such as walking or biking to work can even improve your health!
You can also get involved on a local or state level to support energy efficiency, clean energy programs, or other climate programs.