Although It might seem there's nothing you can do about global warming locally. You think the problem is just too big.
As you know, we all contribute to the process of global warming. All of us have a "carbon footprint" the carbon dioxide emissions that we help create when we drive, fly or use electricity.
The first step you can take to fight global warming is to reduce your carbon footprint through conservation. Drive less. Turn down the thermostat. and Buy locally produced goods.
The Effects on Climate Change
Many elements of our society and environment are venerable and sensitive to climate variability and change. Our health, agriculture, ecosystems, coastal areas, and global poles, heating and cooling requirements are examples of our climate sensitive systems.
Rising average global temperatures are affecting our environment and if we do not change the way in which we use energy, soon the way we have to live. Some of those changes already include shrinking of our glaciers, thawing of permafrost, later freezing of and earlier break-up of ice on our rivers and lakes, lengthening of growing seasons, regional shifts in plant and animal ranges and earlier seasonal flowering of trees.
Will continue to rise as human activities continue to produce excessive amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide,
and other greenhouse gases to our atmosphere. The majority of the United States is expected to experience an increase
in average temperature in our near future.
Regional precipitation shifts will cause droughts where they are uncommon, which are also very important to consider when assessing climate change effects, and more difficult to predict.
Whether or not rainfall will increase or decrease remains difficult to project for specific regions. The extent of climate change effects, or whether these effects prove harmful or beneficial, will vary by region, over time, and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to adapt to or cope with those change.
Some low-latitude and polar regions are expected to experience net costs even for small increases in temperature. For increases in temperature greater than 2-3°C (3.6-5.4°F), the IPCC says it is very likely that all regions will experience either declines in net benefits or increases in net costs. “Taken as a whole,” the IPCC concludes, “the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time.”
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), North America is projected to warm between 3.6-18 °F (2-10 °C) by 2100, depending on the region. The large range in warming reflects large projected increases in Arctic temperatures in northern Alaska and Canada, uncertainties in future emissions, the climate's response to those emissions, and the difficulty of projecting future climate change at the regional level.
To address some of the central areas of research on this topic, including uncertainties in projections of regional climate change, the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) has initiated 21 separate analyses to be completed over the next two to three years.
The following list, while not comprehensive, provides illustrative examples of some of the higher likelihood effects of climate change in different parts of the United States.
In the Northeast:
In the Southeast and Gulf Coast:
In the Midwest and Great Lakes:
In the Great Plains:
In the West: