Presentation on theme: "Environmental Wellness"— Presentation transcript:
1 Environmental Wellness &Global WarmingBy Jillian Swisher & Hannah Lewis
2 Environmental Wellness defined: the collective interactions of humans with the environment, and the short-term and long-term health consequences of those interactions
3 Climate Change:Any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time (major changes in temperature, precipitation, wind, etc.)
4 What causes global warming? Global warming is the recent and ongoing rise in global temperature near Earth’s surfaceWhat causes global warming?
5 Global Warming & The Greenhouse Effect Global warming happens when the greenhouse effect occursGreenhouse effect = when temperature rises due to heat being trapped in earth’s atmosphere (due to greenhouse gases being released into the air)
7 Indicators of Climate Change Greenhouse gas emissionsDroughtSea LevelHigh/low temperaturesOcean heatSnowfallPrecipitation patternsHeat Related Deaths
8 Greenhouse Gases – What are they? Carbon DioxideMethaneNitrous OxideFluorinated GasesThese gases absorb infrared radiation, contributing to the greenhouse effectHow are they produced?
9 Carbon Dioxide Methane Nitrous Oxide Emitted through burning of fossil fuels, solid waste, trees and wood productsMethaneEmitted during production & transportation of coal, natural gas, and oil, and during decay of waste in landfillsNitrous OxideEmitted during agricultural and industrial activities, also during combustion of solid waste & fossil fuels
10 Humans ContributionHumans release large amounts of these gases into the air, which then trap energy in the atmosphere and cause the Earth to become warmerMost of these emissions are from burning fossil fuel for electricity, heat and transportation
11 Ways we ContributeDriving cars that run on gas/various kinds of transportationDeforestationPollution & LandfillsElectricityIndustrial processes
13 How can we reduce our contributions? Energy Star productsRecycleUse water efficientlyCarpoolReduce electricity use
14 Consequences of Our Contributions Weather: increased precipitation in some areas, while extreme droughts in other areasStorms, floods, hurricanes likely to become more intenseEffects on our health (heat-related illness, death/damage from major storms)Insurance costs rise due to increase in weather related disasters
15 What the Future HoldsUnless these emissions decrease substantially, there will continue to be changes to our environment. These changes are likely to have negative effects on humans (economic and health problems, agricultural issues, water supply issues, etc).
16 Questions?Visit for more information on Global Warming, Climate Change, and how you can make a differenceSources: ,