Reducing the Effects of Global Warming Jennifer Smith Political Science and History Major College of Arts and Sciences What is Global Warming? What causes Global Warming? Effects of Global Warming Example Tropical Storm Debby Water Shortages crop damage drought Health Effects Air Pollution wildfire smoke Extreme Heat Infectious Diseases Dengue Fever Lyme Disease West Nile virus Politics of Global Warming 88% of Democrats, 59% of Independents and 61% of liberal/moderate Republicans think global warming is happening, compared to only 28% of conservative Republicans 82% of Democrats and 65% of liberal/moderate Republicans support strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health, compared to only 31% of conservative Republicans Politics of Global Warming Mitigation Basics politicians limit water waste trade offs between public and private sector global level How to reduce the problem The 5 Step Plan 1. Set Limits on Global Warming Pollution 2. Invest in Green Jobs and Clean Energy 3. Drive Smarter Cars 4. Create Green Homes and Buildings 5. Build Better Communities and Transportation Networks Set Limits on Global Warming Pollution practical, feasible limits Clean Air Act cuts oil imports improves health Invest in Green Jobs and Clean Energy millions of JOBS wind, solar energy energy-efficiency less oil imports Drive Smarter Cars hybrids and plugin hybrids reduce oil dependency save on gas cut pollution Create Green Homes and Buildings make buildings and appliances more energy efficient 40% U.S. energy use, ⅓ global warming emissions new energy efficient standards for new construction retrofit existing buildings Create Green Homes and Buildings Build Better Communities & Transportation Networks more walkable, near transportation hubs invest in public transit less driving= less pollution =less gas money= healthier and friendlier Key Points Global Warming causes many health and environmental risks Invest in long-term improvements, not short-term Encourage politicians to pass laws limiting global warming emissions The 5 Step Plan Bibliography http://faculty.washington.edu/nives/mitigating.pdf http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/politics-and-global-warming-spring-2014/ http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/default.asp http://theinformedelectorate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Richard-Branson-Meme.jpeg http://live1mw.republicofeveryo.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/A-few-years-after-globalwarming.png http://lolsheaven.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/You-Think-Global-Warming-is-Fake.jpg http://www.whitmanhomeowner.org/Weatherization/commonairleaks.jpg http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/6f/0c/ 6f0c795f7cf348ed1268d18a371eecdc.jpg?itok=BPoWdhgs http://www.blogcdn.com/green.autoblog.com/media/2012/05/toyotarav4evopt.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Maps_of_projected_changes_in_Northern_Hemisphere_se asonal_mean_surface_air_temperature_from_the_late_20th_century_to_the_mid21st_century,_based_on_SRES_emissions_scenario_A1B.png http://nangluongvietnam.vn/stores/news_dataimages/Tongbientap/022014/10/13/wind-turbine-federal-taxcredit-2012-537x407.jpg http://conserve-energy-future.com/Images/Solar_Power.jpg http://www.marketcalls.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Surface-Temperature.jpg Questions?