Why We're Hot!

By Iyasha, age 17, Alabama

Ever wonder why the temperature gets as hot as ninety degrees in mid-October? Many scientists believe the cause behind this weather confusion is due to global warming.

What is global warming? According to the Stanford Solar Center global warming is the gradual increase in the Earth's temperature. In June 2006, the National Research Council recorded that over the last 400 years the Earth has reached its hottest point. Studies show that the average global surface temperature increased by 0.5 - 1.0 degrees in the 20th century alone.

How did global warming begin? This warm effect is produced when excessive amounts of carbon dioxide and other harmful toxins are emitted into the atmosphere. These toxins are generated from gasoline vapors, industrial plants, and deforesting projects. Global warming can pose hazardous threats to the vegetation and wildlife found on Earth. Animals and plants that cannot withstand warm temperatures could become extinct. Humans are also endangered by these deadly temperatures. High temperatures increase the risk of heat strokes and sun poisoning. Excess amounts of smog can also increase the chances of asthma.

With the knowledge of global warming everyone should be able to prevent it from getting any worse. Start off by reducing energy at home. Home energy accounts for 21 percent of America's global warming problem. Did you know that appliances that are plugged in are still using electric current even when they are turned off? Consider unplugging cell phone chargers and other electronic devices when they are not in use. Only turn on the lights when needed. Open up the curtains during the daytime instead. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs can cut the cost of an electricity bill in half. Keep energy efficiency in the back of your mind when driving as well. Try to avoid road rage and quick starts and stops. Excessive braking and acceleration can result in burning an extra 125 gallons of gasoline a year.

People need to reduce pollution as well. Recycle old paper and use them for scratch pages. Organize your trash into to different bins for glass, paper, aluminum, and plastic. Reuse grocery bags as trash bags, or maybe even tomorrow's lunch bag. Ladies, switch from using aerosol hairsprays to hair spritz. Encourage friends and family to contribute to reducing this pollution. The possibilities are endless to improve our environment and end global warming. Take a stand and show mother nature some respect by following these tips to help resolve this sticky weather situation.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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