"Leading Edge" with Host Jimmy Johnson Helps Educate on the Environment

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Greenhouse gases continue to affect our planet.

Turning on the heat or driving to the market are activities we as Americans may take for granted, but worldwide, studies indicate only China uses more fossil fuels and emits more greenhouse gases than the U.S. These seemingly innocuous activities, when taken as a whole, could cause damaging long-term consequences for the environment and ecosystem. A growing awareness of the relationship between fossil fuel burning and agricultural practices that have increased global warming has led to the decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to Iowa State University, at today's rate of use, the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases, would raise the average global temperature 0.7 to 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2030 and over the next century, an additional a 2.5 to 10.4 degrees.

Personal and business use of power and the burning of fossil fuels compose approximately 93 percent of the activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. In addition to the reduction of personal energy use, also important is changing government policies to encourage the production of alternative fuel sources, such as wind, hydropower and solar power.

Scientists believe that the atmosphere's carbon dioxide level today is higher than at any time during the past 420,000 years. It is essential to reduce the problem before it further impacts the environment.

The series "Leading Edge with Jimmy Johnson" will educate the public and industry about these important facts and changes impacting the world and global environmental stage and will air on Public Television stations across the U.S. By educating viewers, “Leading Edge” will continue to feature industry leaders presenting ways to cope with this crisis.

Learn more at the website at http://www.leadingedgeseries.com or for further inquiries contact info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com. “Leading Edge” is not affiliated to or distributed by PBS. The series is directly distributed to Public Television stations nationwide.

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