Global Warming

Climate change is a major problem confronting our planet. As the earth warms, we face increased habitat destruction, major species extinction, crop failures, and higher mortality rates from disease, heat waves, rising sea levels and severe storms and droughts.

Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, trap heat within the Earth's atmosphere. Since the industrial revolution, human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels have dramatically increased the concentration of these gases. Carbon dioxide resulting from human activity is currently the greatest contributor to global warming. While some climate variation occurs naturally, human activities are clearly upsetting the Earth's atmospheric balance.

Individuals can decrease the carbon dioxide emissions associated with their lifestyle through personal choices like switching light bulbs, driving less, buying Energy Star appliances and taking a variety of other actions. Count Down Your Carbon was designed to encourage many individuals to take and collectively report their personal actions to help stop climate change.