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cold weather affect car battery

Does the cold weather affect your car’s battery?

The moment you turn on the ignition of your car, the entire functioning and running of your vehicle depends on the battery that is placed in your engine’s compartment. When it comes summers, the car batteries don’t have to function hard, but when the temperature dips and winter sets in, it’s this time of the year that your car battery is prone to failure.

A dilemma among the owners during this time of the year is how to turn your normal battery into a “car battery for cold weather”? But before this, it’s highly imperative to know what is it that causes so much trouble to your car battery during winters. First and the foremost reason is that during the cold weather, motor oil of the car’s engine becomes thicker, hence putting on additional pressure on the battery to provide power for starting the engine in that environment.    

Another factor that sends your car’s battery over the edge is the additional accessories. The already daunting engine, when accompanied by excessive and overweight modifications, adds on additional weight on the battery for functioning in the season that is not friendly for the car battery. Ever wondered why is it that most cases of battery failure are heard in winters? Well, the reason is that starting on the car engine in winters requires twice as much current as compared to what is needed in summers.  

Car batteries can wear out at any time of the year but the number of breakdowns is much higher in winters. Followed by summers, the hot internal temperatures that have already played havoc with the battery thus weakening it, further takes a toll in the frigid temperatures that completely wear it down. There are numerous other reasons that add on to the battery failure including:

  • In cold weather months, turning on the engines is harder because the oil within the engine turns thick and solidifies which further indicates that the battery would require more power and oil for doing the job than the usual. 
  • As the temperature falls down, the chemical reactions responsible for electricity and current slows down, making it cumbersome for the battery to generate even the normal energy. 
  • Speaking statistically, at a temperature of 32 degrees, a car’s battery drops by 20%. It is but natural to believe that at minus degrees temperature, the battery capacity would drop by 50%. This reduction in the capacity to generate power hampers the battery’s ability to start the car. 
  • Once the car is running, its battery is automatically recharging. However, in the colder season, the rate at which the battery recharges is slow, signifying that you would have to drive farther for completely recharging the battery and successfully restarting it the next day. 
  • In winters, one tends to run on the heater, the headlights, defroster, windshield wipers, and seat heaters, thus increasing the battery load and intensifying the pressure on the car battery. 

The next question that might strike many minds would be how to judge or understand the warning signs related to battery breakdown so that it is saved from bigger damage. Here are a few pointers that would help you make an informed decision.

  • When you turn on the engine, there’s a grinding or clicking sound.
  • When trying to bring the engine to life, your car cranks slowly.
  • When inoperative, the headlights dim but are bright when the cars running.
  • Last but not least, when safeguarding the car battery for cold weather; ensure it’s not more than three years old. 

Good thing is that there are ways you can safeguard car battery for cold weather before it breakdowns. Simply follow these checkpoints:

  • It’s highly significant that you undertake regular and periodic corrosion checks on the engine and in case you notice some, scrubbing it off with baking soda and water solution can work magic. 
  • Maintaining a warm battery is highly imperative. Henceforth, make sure your car battery is tightly fastened particularly when you’re driving on rocky terrains. 
  • In cold weather, make sure you park your car in the garage. 
  • For offering additional warmth to the car batteries during the cold season, there’s a battery blanket available that can be installed around it.  
  • Maintaining your car’s battery in summer is equally important. Since the heat can have an impact, your car’s battery can start giving you problems by the time its winters. 
  • There are batteries that come with caps. All you need to do is take them off to check that the fluid within is at least 5mm above the plates or within the levels as mentioned in the battery case. In case it’s low, refill it with deionized water but ensure there’s no spillage.  

Usual day to day activity should not simply be hampered because your car doesn’t start. With the above-mentioned list, you can keep your car battery for cold weather in check and running.

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deforestation

We Have Limited Time To Reduce Deforestation And Save Our Earth

“The trees are tongue-less”

Almost everyone has heard that we are losing our forest tracts rapidly every coming year.  The reasons are many and some of them are controllable. These trees, which provide us oxygen, are extremely important for our biodiversity. Earth has to have life on it. So why don’t we care about saving our lives indirectly? Rather the question is how to stop deforestation?

The tropical rainforest is having over 210 Gigatons of Carbon stocked up within its trees. Therefore, when those trees are cut down, they not only release the stored carbon in them but also the oxygen suppliers are reduced. The atmosphere is getting dense by the emission of carbon, and thus, increasing the greenhouse effect.

What Can We Do To Save Our Earth? 

“We are Awake in Conserving Our Earth”

The contributions we all can make very easily and willingly to let the efforts against deforestation be improved. 

  • Plant as many trees as you can, wherever you can and whenever you can. 
  • Try to stay paperless in your home, office and outside too.
  • Buy and use recycled products and recycle them again.
  • Use recycled paper products (seek FSC ‘tick-tree’ logo while shopping)
  • Support the initiatives taken by companies which are trying to stay committed to reducing deforestation. 
  • Purchase the certified wood products labeled and marked by the ‘Forest Stewardship Council’.
  • Provide others with the awareness of the need of the reduction. Let your family, friends, circle and even society know about the need to stop deforestation. 
  • Avoid using Palm Oil and the products made by Palm Oil.
  • Don’t purchase extra things to throw them in the garbage, merely buy what you need is or will be sufficiently used.

“All the products which are made using the trees are recyclable.

Practice recycling diligently.”

Being the consumers, we all can play a vital role in stopping the deforestation issue. Similar to the businesses, when the demand will reduce, the supply will lessen too. Luckily, we have businesses that are highly forest and environment-friendly. All they require is our support and appreciation. By patronizing their products, we can encourage their efforts in the right way.

Advantages of reduction

Till date, it is estimated that the forest that has cut or burnt was more than 4.6 million hectares. The worst part is that the reason behind this human act is to utilize wood and land demand. It must make us rethink of our fundamental need and high demand i.e. whether we want to stay alive or to live lavishly on a larger area of land respectively. 

The reasons and ways to reduce the tropical deforestations and get the benefits are:

1. Global warming is the global 

Each molecule of Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is trapping heat in our Earth’s atmosphere. The problematic point is that it does not regard whichever the source it is released from. For instance; the tailpipe of cars releasing CO₂, the power plants emitting the smokestack from a coal-fire, and the burning tropical trees all are major ways to add CO₂ in our environment. Reduce the use of all related things in any way.

2. Emissions from the tropical forest

The emission of CO₂ from the tropical forests is very significant and, of course, not ignorable.  The cars are equally responsible for this emission, but 10% of the whole emission is from the burning of tropical forests. This is not an issue which should not be taken into any account.  We all are highly responsible. All of the deforestations is occurring at an alarming rate. 

3. Stabilization of our climate

These tropical forests are not only providing us oxygen for breathing but also emit a vast amount of CO₂ in our atmosphere. The loss of this huge forestation in greatly impacting the ability of Earth in removing the carbon out of the atmosphere, hence, the effects of global warming are becoming worst.

4. Cost-effectiveness

It is explored by the economical analyses that the reduction of emissions released by the deforestation is noticeable cheaper than the reduction of emissions from the fossil fuel combustions and the many other industrial sources.

5. Protection to our citizens

Unknowingly we, ourselves, are paying for the climatic disruptions each day. It pays off in the form of hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts, floods, and additional dangerous weather conditions and events. These all are causing many health and economics issues and risks. In case we address global warming at present, we will be able to save our lives and money for many more years to come.

6. Multiple challenges and seriousness towards future

  • The challenges from which we will be saved are 
  • The different species of animals and plants. 
  • Many of the plants are precious medicines for human
  • Helps in preventing floods
  • The droughts are balanced by regional rainfall
  • The livelihoods of many (indigenous and forest people) are dependent on these tropical forests  
  • Keep the environment clean and green for our children to inherit a better Earth. 

Effects of reduction in deforestation

  • Healthy environment
  • The decrease in global warming
  • Reservation of natives of forests
  • More and pure oxygen to breathe in
  • Prevention from droughts, hurricanes, and even floods. 
  • Utilization of cost for environmental betterment.

Conclusion 

The time it takes to say ‘Deforestation’, 

One more chunk of the forest maybe the size of the football pitch is destroyed.

That is–every 2 seconds–every single day 

Our aims and ambitions must not only prevent the destruction but also reforest-restore-replant the forests which are and were once damaged. The predictable and need to be prevented forest damage in years ahead can include the forest of Africa, Australia, South East Asia, and Latin America. We all together have to initiate various projects, bringing the right funding and support the existing ones; all to be utilized for the right action in the place at the right time. And the right time is here.

Let’s just do it NOW before it gets too late to handle!

melting ice

How human being suffer from melting ice

Hey! Do you know that the cryosphere is melting and slowly feeding the sea? The glaciers and sea ice are melting at a very high speed. Remember, the glaciers make up to 10% of land area on earth which shall then transfer to the water. Do you know what this means for us, our economy, the ecosystem and the world in general?

Before we go into detail on this, let us first know what this is that causing the ice to melt?

You must have come across the term Global Warming, this is the rapid heating up of the earth to high temperatures. The high temperatures cause a lot of misfortunes on earth, among the prime is melting of the cryosphere. The high heat causes the ice to reach melting point and therefore drain, like water, into water bodies. 

Now, how shall we suffer from the melting of the cryosphere?

Both humans, plants, and animals shall suffer the consequences of the melting ice. Even when the effects shall affect one more than the other, the three rely on each other and the death of one is the death of all.

A rising sea level and its effects

The warming effect shall melt the Greenland & Antarctic ice which makes up to 98% of the cryosphere. This water shall raise the sea level up to 22 feet which shall continue piling up. This means that most seaboards shall disappear, and so, does it mean the people there shall live in water? They might face extinction, or cause our next effect.

Immigration of human beings

Now that with such a great rise in sea level, expect the people from the then submerged Florida to immigrate to other parts of the already almost congested world or god forbid, the water becomes unmanageable and attack in the wees! We have to start working towards the restoration of our world now!

A warmer land and sea!

The ice at the polar regions serves the purpose of cooling down the regularly warming world. Now that we human beings have worked hard to cause the melting down of ice, there shall be no more ice to cool the world. The heat shall follow the melted ice and warm the waters, this shall present an inhabitable habitat for the sea creatures which shall die. I know it sounds weird, but, imagine going without fish for eternity!

And shall we human beings develop something to cool us, now that we cool our super hot industrial plants with water? By then, the water shall be heated up, the earth shall be heated up, shall we ever enjoy tossing ice cubes into drinks for a super cool feeling!

Human beings and the wildlife of the polar regions are in trouble!

The polar bears which, for decades, have been supporting their life with the help of the ice shall be in trouble of diminishing to the levels of extinction unless we act. The people Inuits are facing more spring ice melts which bar them from going hunting.

Consequences on the economy

If a whole piece of the earth gets submerged into water, what happens to the people and economy who depended on the landmass? They perish. So unless we are realistic and chase a lengthy earth’s living life instead of economies, our economies are gonna be submerged in heated up water without any fish. And, where shall we be?

Conclusion 

The above are some of the many effects that the melting cryosphere presents to us. What remains is whether we shall change, or wait for the time to come! As said, change begins with a milestone from me and you who then come together to make one strong force that shall make the world keep its constant self-replenishing state.