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GLOBAL

WARMING

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GREENHOUSE GASES

Carbon dioxide

Methane :

production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane


emissions also result from the decomposition of organic wastes
in municipal solid waste landfills, and the raising of livestock.

Nitrous oxide

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combustion of solid waste, fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, and


coal), and wood and wood products

agricultural and industrial activities, as well as during

combustion of solid waste and fossil fuels.

hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons


(PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6),

industrial processes.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/emissions/index.html

TEMPERATURE CHANGES

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GHG EMISSIONS INCREASE

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Since pre-industrial times atmospheric


concentrations of CO2, CH4 and N2O have climbed
by over 31%, 151% and 17%, respectively.
Scientists have confirmed this is primarily due to
human activity. Burning coal, oil and gas, and
cutting down forests are largely responsible.

GLOBAL WARMING

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Cut your utility bills by purchasing energyefficient appliances, fixtures, and other home
equipment and products. The average house is
responsible for more air pollution and carbon
dioxide emissions than is the average car.

GLOBAL WARMING POTENTIAL


GWP
1
21
310
11,700
2,800
1,300
3,800
140
2,900
6,300
1,300
6,500
9,200
7,000
7,400
23,900

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Gas
Carbon dioxide (CO2)
Methane (CH4)*
Nitrous oxide (N2O)
HFC-23
HFC-125
HFC-134a
HFC-143a
HFC-152a
HFC-227ea
HFC-236fa
HFC-4310mee
CF4
C2F6
C4F10
C6F14
SF6

ROLE OF ENERGY

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EMISSIONS BY SECTOR

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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

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INDIVIDUAL EMISSIONS

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In the United States, approximately 6.6 tons


(almost 15,000 pounds carbon equivalent) of
greenhouse gases are emitted per person every
year. And emissions per person have increased
about 3.4% between 1990 and 1997. Most of these
emissions, about 82%, are from burning fossil
fuels to generate electricity and power our cars.

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EFFECTS
Health

resources
Polar regions
Mountains
Forests
Required Reading:
Rangelands
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/
Deserts
impacts/index.html
Coastal Zones
Agriculture
International

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Water

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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISIONS

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SOLUTION

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Required Reading:
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/
actions/index.html

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CLASS VIDEOS
Race to Save the Planet
The Greening of the world Continues

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REQUIRED ADDITIONAL READING


http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/climate/index.
html
http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/actions/indivi
dual/difference/index.html
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/gwdebate/

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