About Global Climate Change

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The City of Santa Rosa is committed to impede the effects of global warming by making a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment. On August 5th, 2005 the Santa Rosa City Council passed Resolution No. 26341 (PDF) to establish greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

What is Global Warming?


Global warming is an increase in the near surface temperature of the Earth. It is a term most often used to refer to the warming predicted to occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere and temperatures are rising. We are already seeing changes in our environment. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing. The City of Santa Rosa is committed to impede the effects of global warming by making a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment. On August 5th, 2005 the Santa Rosa City Council passed Resolution No. 26341 to establish greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Causes of Global Warming


Carbon dioxide emitted from power plants, cars, airplanes, and buildings account for approximately 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. While carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas deforestation, methane gas produced by the accumulation of trash at landfills, city gridlock and man-made sources of nitrous oxide all contribute to global warming as well.

What Can Be Done?


Climate change may be a big problem, but there are several ways to reduce the production of greenhouse gases:
  • Bike and walk more
  • Increase the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro power
  • Plant Trees, which absorb carbon monoxide
  • Reduce driving by combining trips Carpool to work and school
  • Reduce Electricity use
  • Use more efficient appliances (EnergyStar)
  • Use more energy efficient vehicles