Global Warming – Dangerously Ahead Of Time

Global warming is a term that refers to the increase of temperature near the earth’s surface caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases. It is interesting to note that this phenomenon was first observed in the mid 18th and 19th century during the industrial revolution in developed countries. This rapid industrialization, which used heavy machinery utilizing fossil fuels all added to the huge build-up of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

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In science we learn that, in an ideal setting, short wave light from the sun enters through the thermal blanket (i.e. the greenhouse gases) which is made up of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone. The short wave light is reflected by the earth as infrared radiation back to the atmosphere greenhouse air conditioner. Only a fraction is retained by the thermal blanket and is returned to the surface to sustain an environment where plants grow and where human and animals live.

Unfortunately, due to man’s neglect, the accumulation of greenhouse gases eventually reached massive and irreversible proportions. This leads to the damage of the earth’s ozone layer. The ozone layer is our planet’s shield against harmful UV rays emanating from the sun.

When industries started booming, the indiscriminate use of fossil fuels, chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC for air-conditioners, aerosol propellants, etc.), forest fires during the dry seasons, oil-field fires during the Iraqi war in the 1990’s, rapid deforestations in South America and Asia or even methane produced by cattle are all instrumental to the increase of greenhouse gases. This scenario will raise global temperature from 1.44 degrees to a worrying 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, as reported by the World’s Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change. This may not seem like much of a difference in temperature changes but unless concerted global effort is initiated immediately to avert the ill effects of global warming, the earth will experience a disaster of immense proportions.

Continued rise in temperature which will in turn cause the polar ice caps to melt. Sea water will rise considerably and inundate the low-lying areas all over the world, erasing habitable lands. Entire islands could be wiped of the map. This could lead to the extinction of species due to the loss of natural habitats and further erratic climatic behavior. The sad thing is that the polar ice caps has already begun melting, 30 years ahead of the projections made by experts in the field.

The Ford Motor Company is keeping its promise to cut greenhouse gases by 30 percent with an initial supplier survey. Although Ford is making its own efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 2020, surveying its suppliers of seats, tires, metal components and steering systems will add to the collaborative efforts on both sides.

According to a Nation Master survey from 2003, the United States is the largest producer of harmful carbon emissions measuring nearly 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Carbon is one of the several gases that is harmful to the earth’s global warming, and Ford is promising to do its part in reducing its carbon footprint.

Beginning with the 2006 Ford model year, cars will be supplied with components and parts that will make Ford vehicles produce less carbon dioxide. All Ford dealerships, including those in Cleveland, will sell vehicles that will have an impact on the environment with reduced carbon emissions.

Some of Ford’s largest suppliers such as TRW Automotive Holdings, Johnson Controls, and others are included in Ford’s survey to collaborate on a carbon reduction plan. These companies represent nearly one-third of the $65 billion auto parts that Ford buys every year.

Not only will Ford help reduce carbon emissions from its vehicles, but consumers will also have the added value of knowing the car they own will help reduce greenhouse gases that are emitted primarily from vehicle exhausts in the United States and wherever Ford vehicles are sold. “Understanding the carbon footprint of our supply chain is a crucial part of our comprehensive global strategy to reduce greenhouse gases,” Sue Cischke, Ford’s group vice president of sustainability, said in a statement.

Reduced carbon usage will also decrease the weight of all vehicles by using lighter engine parts; furthermore, cars will likely receive better gas mileage with fuel efficient engines and transmissions. That’s a double bonus for Ford buyers, and the environment.

Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and Executive Chairman, embraces environmental initiatives. He and Ford were the first United States auto manufacturer to introduce the gasoline-electric hybrid with the Ford Escape in 2004. Ford also supports environmental change within their factories across the country, including the Rouge factory in Dearborn, Michigan.