A Dangerous Threat To Antarctica

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Global warming is one of the most tumultuous topics in today’s society. Some believe it is happening as we speak, while others question its very existence, So, is it real, or is merely a hoax? There is no one answer, but evidence does overwhelmingly support the former. Surely we have all heard this word at one time or another, but few individuals actually know its true definition. Justifiably, however, global warming is not that simply explained. In layman’s terms, it is the dramatic increase in the Earth’s average air and ocean temperature since the 20th century. This increase is primarily attributed to two main culprits: the greenhouse effect and human activity, such as fossil fuel burning. In both cases, carbon dioxide (CO2) is the enemy. The greenhouse effect is the process by which atmospheric gases, like CO2 trap the Sun’s infrared energy and stop it from radiating back into space. Shockingly enough, nearly half of all sunlight produced is absorbed by the Earth’s surface. However, the greenhouse effect would not be nearly as strong if it were not for human activity. By frivolou...

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