What is Global Warming?
Global warming is a phenomenon related to increased levels of carbon in the atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide, which absorbs light energy and re-distributes it as heat. Carbon dioxide is produced when fossil fuels are oxidised / burned.
We have proof that heating the planet means that ice is melting in the polar regions, affecting biodiversity, threatening the habitats of our much loved fellow creatures such as the emperor penguins and polar bears.
In addition we are seeing changes in the way of ocean acidification, which has already caused changes in colour to parts of the great barrier reef, and is expected to affect shellfish populations.
Heating and transportation are known to be the biggest contributors to our ‘carbon footprints’.
We can reduce global warming by not burning fossil fuels and preventing deforestation, as trees are very useful sinks for carbon dioxide.