Everyone is talking about it, and the news is constantly covering it. But nobody ever does anything about it. The "it" is global warming. Global warming has been steadily increasing since the industrial revolution at alarming rates causing extreme weather, droughts, floods, heat waves, and hurricanes. In fact, it's increasing at a rate of 10% every year (Ferrey 68). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a group of scientists and government representatives from 130 countries that estimate the temperature rise to be 3.2-7.8 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100 (Cunningham 207). In order to minimize the consequences of global warming, we must introduce highly efficient vehicles, create an abundance of renewable resources, and form the laws needed to slow global warming.
Each of the following solutions will provide a dramatic impact in on reducing the carbon emissions, but it will take more than just the effort of these solutions, we must apply them to keep the earth as healthy as possible.
The people of Sweden produce only 6.5 tons per person per year of carbon dioxide (CO2) versus the United States with a CO2 production rate of 20.14 tons per person per year. Amazingly, Sweden has adopted renewable energy sources and strict conservation measures which have reduced its carbon emissions by 40 percent over the past 30 years while still experiencing dramatic increase in personal income and quality of life (Cunningham 208).
The primary solution is the introduction of highly efficient cars that will get better gas mileage and consume much less fossil fuel (Heckeroth 94). There has been significant development of highly efficient vehicles, researching options for cleaner fuel, and incentives for people who buy efficient vehicles. For example, plug-in hybrids that offer a range of five hundred miles or more, and the benefit of...