As a result of the recent Discovery mission which carried a research satellite to study holes in the Earth¹s ozone layer, it is feared that man-made pollutants are depleting the ozone layer.
Global warming has caused the Arctic sea ice to melt at a rate of 9% per decade. The polar bears hunt seals from the sea ice and as the bears get stuck on land, finding food becomes more difficult. Some scientists believe polar bears could be extinct in 50 years, along with many other species. Deforestation has also been blamed for warmer temperatures. In 2003, Phoenix, Arizona experienced a sweltering 118 degrees and areas of that state have experienced triple digit temperatures. The warming has affected the maple syrup industry. Numerous major wildfires have occurred and fire officials believe the worst is yet to come.
How can YOU help? Plant deciduous trees near your home to help shade it & reduce energy use; buy energy-efficient appliances; insulate your home; use compact fluorescent lighting; recycle. If your water heater is more than 5 years old, wrap it in an insulating jacket; caulk & weatherstrip doors and windows; turn off the TV, video player, stereo and computer when not in use. Coal-burning power plants are the largest U. S. biggest offenders in global warming ... also cars.