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Simple Solutions to Global Warming
Linda Hunt
ITT Technical Institute

Simple Solutions to Global Warming
The most prominent concern that affects the environmental health of the world today is global warming. Although government agencies are making significant strides in providing solutions to global warming, the ultimate solution may lay in the hands of the individual citizens. Simple things, such as the way electricity is used in homes, the production of waste, and the choice of transportation can have a positive impact on global climate change.

Merriam-Webster defines global warming as an increase in the Earth's atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution (“Global warming”). The buildup of these greenhouse gases can cause harsh changes to the Earth’s climate resulting in dangerous effects to human health ("Climate change basics"). The majority of greenhouse gases come from the burning of fossil fuels used to produce energy; although deforestation, industrial processes, and some agricultural practices emit gases into the atmosphere, as well ("Climate change basics"). The lives of future generations will depend on the choices made today regarding solutions to global warming.

Government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are just a few dedicated to solving this worldwide dilemma of global warming. They focus their time on solutions restricted to levels much higher than the average human can reach. However, the results achieved may not have as significant an impact on global warming as the results from the simple solutions individual citizens can contribute.

The Earth has gone through many cycles of temperature change during the billions of years of its existence. Volcanic eruptions, sunspots, and the natural wobble of the Earth’s...