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Climate Change

Have you ever visited a greenhouse where plants are grown? Great panels of glass trap heat from the sun and moisture to create a warm, cozy place for plants to grow. Greenhouse owners must run fans and open vents to keep the greenhouses from getting too warm on hot days. If the greenhouse gets too warm, the plants might die.

The Earth is a bit like a giant greenhouse. Carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor in the atmosphere create a blanket around the atmosphere that traps warmth from the Sun. But what happens if those gases work too well? Since 1900, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have increased by 30 percent. This increase has been caused by burning fossil fuels, such as oil, gas and coal. These fuels contain carbon and when they’re burned, the carbon is released into the air as carbon dioxide.

Depending on where you live, the weather is probably a little different every day. In the summer, one week might be really hot and another week might be cooler and rainy. In the winter, one week might be cold and dry. Next week, though, a big snowstorm might arrive.

Climate change is different than daily weather changes. Climate change happens slowly over thousands and millions of years. The tilt of the Earth’s axis can affect climate.

So can natural phenomenon like volcanic eruptions. When a volcano erupts, the ashes from the explosion can block out the Sun’s rays, causing cooler weather for many years.

In recent years, human choices have altered the climate. When we cut down trees or use gasoline and other fossil fuels, we release carbon dioxide and other gases. These gases hold in heat. The climate is becoming warmer because of these gases.

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  • Like a greenhouse without fans, the Earth is heating up. It has warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. This number seems pretty small until you consider that the planet warmed only 7 degrees in the previous 12,000 years.
  • Glaciers and ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic are melting quickly. Water from the melting ice falls into the oceans and causes the sea level to rise.
  • Animals, such as polar bears, that live in Arctic regions may become extinct as they lose habitat.
  • Low-lying cities, such as New York, may become permanently flooded. Sea levels could rise by as much as 82 feet if the glaciers all melt.
  • In South America, farmers burn rain forests to create farmland. Burning the forests releases more carbon dioxide into the air, causing more damage to the atmosphere. Since 1990, 163,000 square miles of rain forest have been cut down in Brazil.
  • Over millions of years, the Earth has experienced warm, wet periods, as well as cold Ice Ages.
  • Animals, people and plants must adapt to climate changes.
  • Storms sometimes become more common and severe as the climate changes.
  • Animals may have to find new homes or migrate.
  • People must change the ways they live and grow food.

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Climate Change
Vocabulary

  • Greenhouse: a building with glass walls designed to stay warm
  • Vent: openings that allow air to circulate
  • Cozy: snug, comfortably warm
  • Atmosphere: the layer of gases that surround our planet
  • Phenomenon: events
  • Erupt: explode
  • Ashes: burnt materials
  • Alter: change
  • Adapt: modify or change

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How kids can help in controlling climate change

Kids can make a huge and positive difference if you really understand the negative effects of climate change and global warming. So, here we go with some easy tips for kids, how you can help in preventing climate change.

Use School Buses, Walk or Cycle

Usage of private cars emits loads of more emissions into the atmosphere. The amount of air pollution into the earth’s atmosphere would considerably be reduced if everyone would start walking, cycling or using public transport. Use more public transport instead of driving personal vehicles, until unless driving cars isn’t necessary. 

Share Your Journey Together or Carpool

Carpool is the best and it saves money on fuel at the same time. Whereas, driving a car only for one or two people is so much cost-efficient and also wasteful. If four or five people can make the same journey you can save money as well with the trip. So, drive a car in combine trips with your neighbors or relatives.

Conserve Energy

Consequences of climate change can severely be reduced by making a simple choice to save energy. Turns off radio, television, air-condition or lights when not in use and you can open the curtains instead to bring in natural light during the day. While doing laundry there are also many ways to conserve energy. Shut the doors instantly so heat does not escape. Turn off the computer when not in use; don’t leave it on just to show you’re active on Myspace or Facebook. The less carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere if we use less energy in our household chores.

Spread awareness around you to save energy

Convince the people around you to save energy and spread awareness of how climate is rapidly changing and we’re one of the reasons as well. To save the climate and money told them to replace incandescent with fluorescent lights. Run appliances on energy saver mode, recycle. Everything we buy, it takes energy to produce, so we can save energy by recycling. To raise awareness you can start a conservation club at school where you can discuss how the school can reduce energy consumption with your fellow students and teachers.

Do Not Rely More on Electronics Item for Entertainment Purpose

We all know how much kids love watching DVDs and playing games on their computers or tablets. The more you rely on these electronic items for entertainment, the more you are using energy and emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Instead of indulging more in indoor activities, play outdoor games and unleash their potential with learning and being entertained with reading and writing or with arts and crafts. Spend time in some fresh air and you can also exercise by playing outdoor games.

Save Water

To save our environment it is vital to conserve water for a better future, some regions are suffering from a lack of clean water, such as India. The risk of drought in these regions is rapidly increasing, so you and your family can help by reducing your water consumption. Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, take shorter showers, and run your washing machines or dishwasher when they’re full only. 

So these are just a few steps which you can take in making a positive impact on the environment. All of these ideas involve conservation. You can find out the more ways and can implement so we can produce less pollution into the atmosphere. Last but not the least tip for you is get the best education and become a responsible citizen and continue making good decisions.

So, do you have any kinds of ideas about how you can save the climate? Share it with your teachers and class fellows to justify it and spread awareness.

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