The Causes of Climate Change

explanatory Essay
1000 words
1000 words

“Climatism is the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying earth’s climate” said Steve Goreham, the executive director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and author of the book “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania”. Historically, earth climate has become a major problem after the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th century and it significantly becomes a big concern in the present days. This essay will illustrate the possible root of climate change which is caused by mankind as well as nature. Climate is the weather patterns or weather conditions in a region in general or over a long lasting period. Climate change can be defined as a long term shift in global or regional climate patterns. Many scientific evidences suggest that human activities are contributing to climatic changes but sometimes, the changes caused by mankind are often hidden by natural climate variability (The Free Dictionary, n.d) There are two parts of investigation that scientists attempt to identify and separate the mankind factors and natural factors. One is detection study in which the scientists measure the temperature changes to gather information and the other one is attribution study in which they find the scientific reason for the unusual changes in climate. Scientists use climate models to analyze the pattern of temperature change and find the characteristic patterns of climate response which is regarded as fingerprint match (Hamburg, 2009). Conversion of land for forestry and agriculture is considered as one of typical human activities which contribute to carbon dioxide emission. As the world population keeps growing constantly, people need more space for agricultural practices and ho... ... middle of paper ... ...News Europe. Available from: [Accessed Date: 24 February 2014] 6. Byron,N and Shepherd,G. (1998) INDONESIA AND THE 1997-98 EL NIÑO: FIRE PROBLEMS AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS [online] Oversea Development Institute. Available from: [Accessed Date: 24 February 2014] 7. Author Unknown. (n.d). The Current and Future Consequences of Global Climate [online]. NASA. Available from: [Accessed Date: 12 March 2014] 8. Hamburg, S., Harris, N., Jaeger, J., (Jan 15, 2009). Common Questions about Climate Change. United Nations Environment Programme – World Meteorological Organization. Slaght, J., Harben, P., Pallant, A., (2009). English for Academic Study: Reading & Writing source book. University of Reading.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that conversion of land for forestry and agriculture contributes to carbon dioxide emission.
  • Explains that deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change, but replacement of vegetation and gardening absorb carbon dioxide as part of biological carbon cycle.
  • Explains that wolfe, j. (2000) volcanoes & climate change. nasa earth observatory.
  • Describes the sources of greenhouse gas emissions from the united states environmental protection agency.
  • Describes epa's global greenhouse gas emissions data, available at
  • Explains that german cows cause methane blast in rasdorf. bbc news europe.
  • Explains that indonesia and the 1997-98 el nio: fire problems and long-term solutions.
  • Describes the current and future consequences of global climate.
  • Cites hamburg, s, harris, n, jaeger, j, harben, p, pallant, a, and slaght.
  • Explains that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying earth's climate, which has become a major problem after the industrial revolution during the 18th and 19th century.
  • Explains that industrial practices play an essential role in changing the climate. carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other fluorinated gases are emitted during the combustion of fossil fuels.
  • Concludes that the overall effects of human activities in climate change are still uncertain since nature variability also plays a large role in this global issue.
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