The Snowy Plover Problematrix: Global Warming

Global Warming

Definition and Symptoms

Human-caused atmospheric changes are beginning to make the Earth heat up, an average of 1.5 to 5.0 degrees Celsius if CO2 in the atmosphere doubles.

Consequences

  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Rising Sea Levels
  • Intensifying Weather Systems (Floods, Hurricanes)

Causes

  • Greenhouse Gases
    • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
    • Methane (NH4)
    • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
    • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
    • Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs)
    • Tropospheric Ozone (O3)

Solutions

+ YES +:

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
    • Plant Trees and other plants
    • Stimulate (some) oceanic algae growth (with iron?)
  • Reduce Methane (NH4) emissions
    • Reduce feedlot populations
    • Use methane digesters to treat sewage and generate fuel
    • Reduce termite populations by reducing habitat (rotting wood) with forest management and by encouraging termite predators.
  • Reduce Nitrous Oxide (N2O) emissions
    • Use alternative fuels instead of petrol.
  • Reduce Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emissions
    • Use alternative sources of electric power: wind, solar, hydro, natural gas.
  • Reduce Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) emissions
    • Use CFC substitutes in AC and Refrigeration (Ammonia? Methane?)
    • Always recapture CFCs when recharging or destroying AC units and refrigerators
  • Reduce Tropospheric Ozone (O3) emissions
    • Use alternative fuels (Natural Gas, Hydrogen) and Electricity to displace petrofuels.
    • Use vapor recovery systems and/or closed loop loading systems with all petrol storage systems.
    • Encourage higher efficiency in all internal combusion vehicles and machines.

- NO -:

  • Emit CO2
    • Burn wood, paper or garbage
    • Drive vehicles using fossil fuels
    • Heat with oil or Natural Gas
    • Travel by air
  • Emit Methane (NH4)
    • Continue current sewage practices in cattle feedlots
  • Emit Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
    • Drive internal combustion vehicles
  • Emit Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
    • Burn coal in power plants
  • Emit Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs)
    • Allow Air Conditiioning and Refrigerator technicians to vent CFC's to the atmosphere without recapture.
  • Emit Tropospheric Ozone (O3)
    • Allow petrol fumes to vent to atmosphere without recapture

Individual Role

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Business Role

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- NO -:

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Government Role

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- NO -:

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