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Buy Local:
Should you buy oranges transported from Florida or California? Most people would not exactly care. However, looking deeper down on the situation, you should buy goods that are produced closer to you. This reduces emissions that pollute the Earth every day. An orange that was washed at a local factory in California, transported to numerous supermarkets across America and taken home by you travels a long distance if you live in New England. The tractor- trailor trucks that transports these items emit more pollution and carbon dioxide than any other type of truck. By buying at a local store or farmer's market can reduce pollution emissions drastically. Even simple actions, such as, buying fresh foods grown by yourself or made at a store nearby, reduces the emissions that would have been emitted by buying food that was frozen and shipped to your supermarket.

http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/clean_vehicles/diesel-trucks-and-global-warming-4-3-08.pdf
http://www.breathingearth.net/


Go green:
It’s the simple things we can do to make a BIG change, things such as, recycling cardboard, plastic, and cans. We could lower our usage of oil each winter by simply building smaller houses or even dressing warmer. By building a smaller house it will not only cost less but it will also take less oil to heat your house. Oil is already a nonrenewable resource which means it can not be produced as fast as we use it. By reducing the oil, you can also reduce the burning of fossil fuels which emits large amounts of Co2 in the air everyday. So do you really need to keep your house at 70 degrees during those tough winter days? Or can you simply put on a sweatshirt? If you chose not to do that, you can choose another path, such as, solar panels. Solar panels use the sun’s renewable energy to convert it into electricity.





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briana_is_amazing.jpg45% of all CO2 emmisions comes from transportation. This is why we should have a 25 miles per gallon minimum on all cars by the year 2020. This is a small step for now, but as the years go on we could always increase this minimum and pass more laws like this to reduce our emmision standards.
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This graph was produced by the Environmental Protection Agency for the total pollution emmited by an average passager car in
one year. This car would have 21.5 mpg and would travel a total of only 12,500 miles per year.

How? We shouldn't allow any cars with less than 20 mpg to be sold in the counrty. Also, the government should put on more programs like Cash for Clunkers to provide deals and enthuse people about buying a more energy efficent car.
Pros: People will save money by having to buy less gas and this will also reduce their CO2 emmisions.
Cons: Cash for Clunkers programs cost a lot of money,and this will also reduce our demand for gas which could raise the price. Also, this movement could cause car companies like Hummer to go bankrupt, which could further harm our economy.

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Factory emissions are large contributors to Co2 emissions in the air. Alone, the United States emits 328,000 million metric tons of Co2 since the 1800’s. This is 3 times as much as China has. By reducing in each factory, it will make a big change.

How?
We can reduce these emissions by decreasing the unneeded materials we produce. Also, our government should step up and take action by putting a limit to how much Co2 emissions a factory can produce each year. However, we would need to set standards, for example a factory that produces computers versus a factory that produces folders. Obviously, the factory that produces computers would release a larger amount of Co2 each year than the factory that produces folders. While setting these standards we need to take into consideration how large the factory is and what it produces. By doing this, overtime it will drastically help out and reduce emissions.
Pros: By reducing the emissions less Co2 will be emitted in the air. Less Co2 causes fewer deaths caused from high Co2 levels/ poor air quality. According to Mark Jacobson, “A new study details how far 1 degree Celsius caused by carbon dioxide, the resulting air pollution would lead annually to about a thousand additional deaths and many more cases of respiratory illness and asthma in the United States. Worldwide, upward of 20,000 air-pollution-related deaths per year per degree Celsius may be due to this greenhouse gas.”
Cons: Companies/ factories can only produce so much (decreasing profit) of there product until they have reached the maximum level of Co2.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/january9/co-010908.html

http://climateprogress.org/2009/06/01/us-responsible-for-29-of-carbon-dioxide-emissions-over-past-150-years-triple-chinas-share/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080416175442.htm


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Fuend Green Energy Foundations

http://www.epa.gov/oms/consumer/f00013.htm
http://sites.asiasociety.org/beijingair/#statistically-speaking


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