Originally posted on beyondfossilfuels.org

Part 1 of a 4-part series on why the Earth is warming

These days it’s basically impossible to say that the Earth isn’t warming. The conversation has moved from whether or not warming is happening to what’s causing it.

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Chart via Bloomberg, based on findings from NASA. Click to enlarge.

It’s easy to see the rise in temperature, thanks to accurate record-keeping over the last 100+ years. Looking at the data shows us the Earth has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. This may not sound like much, but just 2-3 degrees of change is enough to cause huge amounts of damage.

That’s why we need to know what’s behind it. If we know what’s causing the warming, we’ll know if we can do something about it. There are a number of factors, both natural and man-made, that could be responsible for the Earth’s warming.

Until recently, there wasn’t an easy way to see how each of these had been affecting temperature. But we can now see just how much warming (or cooling) each one is responsible for, thanks to new information from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In this 4-part series, we’ll look at these factors to see what kinds of temperature change they’ve been responsible for over the past 130 years.

If this first chart looks a little scary, don’t worry. You can take some simple actions that will help — and save you money at the same time. To learn more, contact a Domino personal energy concierge. Your energy concierge will recommend energy-saving tips as well as ways to get green energy, like solar. Whatever you’re looking to do, your energy concierge is there to help and ensure you’re happy with the results.

Stay tuned to see what commonly cited natural causes are doing to the Earth’s temperature.