Global Warming is Losing Its Heat

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Polar Bears run the risk of becoming extinct as their natural habitat is quickly disappearing from beneath their feet. This has been a topic of conversation since former Presidential candidate Al Gore released his award-winning documentary called An Inconvenient Truth and the Bush Administration declared the Polar Bear as an endangered species. The reasoning behind the disappearances of the Polar Bear relate directly to an increase in carbon dioxide and other airborne chemicals known as greenhouse gases that thicken a layer of the atmosphere. This process has come to be known as global warming. People have considered global warming a serious threat on the environment, but they may not know exactly what global warming is, what they can do to help the environment, and why the accreditation for climatology has depreciated. When someone is asked what global warming is, they normally respond with an answer along the lines of it being the thickening of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases. Yet, that answer leaves the question of what a greenhouse gas actually is. The greenhouse effect is when the Sun’s heat and energy, in the form of lightwaves, enters the atmosphere and warms the surface of Earth. After the waves warm the surface, they are bounced back into space as infrared waves. Most of the infrared succeeds in leaving the atmosphere, but a small portion hit these ‘greenhouse gases’ and go back to Earth, keeping the planet’s surface warm (Gore 26). Without the natural greenhouse effect, the average surface temperature of Earth would be approximately zero degrees Fahrenheit. Global Warming relates to the growing amount of greenhouse gases, and scientists state that Earth’s average surface temperature has raised by more than one de... ... middle of paper ... ...ate, people can still be Earth-conscious and do whatever possible to help the environment. The important aspect of global warming is the fact that it opened the eyes of people to the fact that there is the possibility that humans may be causing some sort of damage to the earth and that maybe it is time to step up and make a change. It does not hurt to change for the better, no matter whether it will help or not. Works Cited Earthtalk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions about the Environment: Selections from E - the Environmental Magazine’s Nationally syndicated Column. New York: Plume, 2009. Figi, Clayton. E-mail interview. 4 Apr. 2010. Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth. Rodale. New York, 2006. Hayward, Steven F. “Scientists Behaving Badly.” The Weekly Standard. December 2009. Labash, Matt. “The Adventures of Low Impact Man.” The Weekly Standard. November 2009.
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