Causes, Effects and Ways to Reduce the Carbon Dioxide

The carbon dioxide is a colorless gas with a density about 60% higher than that of dry air. Natural sources of this gas include volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, and it is freed from carbonate rocks by dissolution in water and acids. Because carbon dioxide is soluble in water, it occurs naturally in groundwaters, rivers and lakes, ice caps, glaciers and seawater. It is present in deposits of petroleum and natural gas. Carbon dioxide is odorless at normally encountered concentrations, but at high concentrations, it has a sharp and acidic odor.

Causes: carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere naturally when organisms respire or decompose (decay), carbonate rocks are weathered, forest fires occur, and volcanoes erupt. Carbon dioxide is also added to the atmosphere through human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and forests and the production of cement. Carbon dioxide is also released when organisms breathe.

Effects: Carbon dioxide contributes to air pollution in its role in the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide traps radiation at ground level, creating ground-level ozone. This atmospheric layer prevents the earth from cooling at night. One result is a warming of ocean waters. Oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, higher water temperatures compromise the oceans’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide. Over time, the effects of carbon dioxide are compounded.

Ways to reduce the carbon dioxide: 1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buying products with minimal packaging will help to reduce waste. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Don’t buy too much things, be practical and save some money, you helped the environment at the same time you saved some money of yours.

2. Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning
Adding insulation to your walls and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home. Turn down the heat while you’re sleeping at night or away during the day, and keep temperatures moderate at all times. Install a programmable thermostat because setting it just 2 degrees lower in winter and higher in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

3. Drive Less and Drive Smart
Less driving means fewer emissions. Besides saving gasoline, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. You enjoyed some spots, you’ve been exercising and you helped the environment.

4. Plant a tree- planting trees helps us to produce some oxygens that we inhaled and also to reduce some high possibilities that carbon dioxide can harm us because of a low oxygen

There are so many ways that can helps us to reduce some CO2 and helps us too saved some money, and having a healthy lifestyle. Carbon dioxide is not a harmful but there is also a big possibility that CO2 can kill us because of our mistakes, so be aware to your surroundings and also to your environment you didn’t notice that you are dying slowly.

Raven M. Revilla

Yesha Rica Pidot

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Julie Ann Amor