Global warming will change the Earth in unimaginable ways. With the ever increasing amount of Greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere, glaciers are now melting rapidly causing sea level to rise. The coastal changes will be sure to change our living environment over the next few hundred years. Global Warming is a phenomenon in which the temperature on the Earth increases. Over history we see natural stages in our Earth’s climate between warm and cold periods because of increased Carbon Dioxide.
With the rise in modern technology, the average temperature of the Earth’s surface has increased about 1.4 °F; two-thirds of which has arisen since the early 1980’s. Industrialized countries are major contributors to climate change, due in part to their involvement in deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. These activities lead to an increase in levels of greenhouse gases, which scientists propose is the number one cause of global warming. The greenhouse effect is an example of external forcing: any process that has influence over climate, outside of the climate system. When infrared radiation is emitted and absorbed into the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect occurs.
Global warming refers to the recent and ongoing rise in global temperature near the Earth’s surface (Environmental Protection Agency). Greenhouse gases produced by transportation, energy, farming, destruction of forests, and mass industrialization is causing the planet to absorb heat rapidly. We the humans are the ultimate cause of the global warming and have the chance to reduce our carbon footprint through fighting climate change denial, reducing deforestation, reducing transportation emissions, reducing our dependency on oil and creating alternative energy, using energy more efficiently, more policies for polluters, and educate the entire world on how humans are causing this. The small steps that we make as of right now will build up to a brighter and more efficient future for generations to come. We have the power to make a difference through changing our everyday routines.
The majority of scientific studies indicate that the main cause of global warming is, increased levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Some research shows that natural occurrences are the main source of global warming. This essay will argue that carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, by man-made actions is the main reason for the global temperature changes, secondary, are natural occurrences. Some believe that, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes a warming effect on the atmosphere. This carbon dioxide, as the majority of studies have shown, has contributed to the rise in global temperature.
This flux in temperature is affected by multiple factors making it hard to determine the true source of problem. Evidence supports that the earth's warming is natural; however, some data indicates that the warming trend has increased due to human activity. Global Warming due to Human Activity Every day human activity has negative effects on the environment. The burning of fossil fuels has released large concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Developing countries such as China and developed countries such as the United States (US) are consuming more fossil fuel, thus releasing more CO2 from their admissions (Vital Signs 42).
The temperature increase, causing these to melt, will make the sea level increase greatly. The sea level increase will cause flooding in various areas. Scientists also use the evidence of acidic oceans to prove global warming. “Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by 30 percent” (“Climate Change: How do we know?” 2). The Warming temperature, causing the atmosphere to be more absorbent, along with bodies of water, increases the carbon dioxide ... ... middle of paper ... ...fects-global-warming.html>.
Have been rising. As a result, more heat is being trapped than previously, which in turn is causing the global temperature to rise. Climate scientists have linked the increased levels of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere to human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas for heating and electricity; gasoline for transportation) deforestation, cattle ranching, and rice farming. Scientists still cannot predict the exact impact on the earth's climate of these rising levels of heat-trapping gases over the next century. But there is striking agreement among most climate scientists about what is likely to occur.
To this end, this report aims mainly to discuss the causes and effects of global warming and propound some suggestions to solve this issue. 2. The causes of global warming 2.1 Fossil fuels burning One of the most significant causes of global warming is fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) burning. According to Science (2013), the influence of recently fossil fuel use, even the most optimistic estimates suggest it will increase the temperature and affect the climate for tens of thousands of years. Each time burn fossil fuels for the electricity of cars, air plane or plant can produce plenty of carbon dioxide.
There are a few major causes of theses heat trapping gases. According to a study conducted by Dr. Gerald Meehl, Warren Washington, T.M.L. Wigley, Julie Arblaster, and Aiguo Dai from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado, the main contributors to global warming are derived from human activities. Since the start of the industrial revolution, atmospheric concentrations of CO2, CH4, and N2O have increased by 30%, 145%, and 15%k respectively. The gases are emitted mainly by cars, power plants, and other industrial sources that burn gasoline, coal, and other fossil fuels.