Global Warming Global Warming has become quite an alarming issue in the past decade. Although most people don’t find it directly affecting their everyday lives. This is the reason not much is being done about it. Some people are in complete denial of this phenomenon, while others are positive it is happening. I personally, believe global warming is happening. My argument is to prove global warming exists. It exists because of society’s everyday habits to use natural resources at an increasing rate. We must do something about it or our planet is “doomed” so to speak. Our world is a very finite planet on which we run a linear system (Annie Leonard). In other words, planet earth has limited natural resources; we are using those natural resources up more and more at a steady, increasing rate each year. By using these natural resources we contribute to global warming on the daily. Global warming has numerous effects on planet earth. These include rising temperatures throughout the globe, melting of the ice caps causing rise in sea levels, ecosystems experiencing dramatic change, and more frequent droughts and floods. You can see how these eventually could lead to the extinction to life on Earth as we know it. There are many reasons why global warming is happening but there are two primary reasons for it. Although some deny global warming and some are sure of it, the two major contributing factors to global warming are the emission of man-made greenhouse gases and deforestation across the globe. They are proving to increase the average global temperature of earth, therefore supporting the theory of global warming. The emissions of man-made greenhouse gases are the biggest contributing factor to global warming. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution when this all started. All of the major greenhouse gases have increased in concentration since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (Pidwirny). The Greenhouse Effect is a proven theory that is highly correlated with global warming. The Greenhouse Effect is the process where solar energy coming from the sun (in the form of visible light) passes though our atmosphere in short wavelengths and heats the planet by getting absorbed by the Earth’s surface. Not all the light is absorbed. Some is transformed into inferred radiation and bounces off earth’s surface. This inferred radiation (now with long wavelengths) then travels back though Earth’s atmosphere and gets absorbed by the greenhouse gases, which are mainly carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water. This in result causes excess heating of the planet. The more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the more heat energy will be absorbed, and therefore the more the earth’s temperature will rise. Ross Gelbspan, author of The Heat Is On, states that the .6 degree Celsius warming of the average global temperature over the past century correlates directly with the buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide (Gelbspan). This brings me to the example of the biggest carbon dioxide (CO2) distributor on earth, automobiles. Motor vehicles burn gasoline to turn their wheels. When this happens, the product of the combustion in the engine produces carbon dioxide. CO2 then gets spit out the exhaust pipe and is released into the Earth’s atmosphere. With the amount of automobiles across the globe that are driven everyday, well, you do the math. To prove this statement, according to Larry West, Author of U.S Autos Account for Half of Global Warming Linked to Cars World Wide says Gasoline in the United States contains 5.3 pounds of carbon per gallon. All of that carbon ends up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide in automobile exhaust when the fuel is burned. So the average car in the U.S. puts more than 1.5 tons of carbon into the air every year (West). This is clear-cut evidence that we are contributing to the greenhouse effect. Another prime example of a greenhouse gas contributor is the decomposition of waste in landfills. Methane is…
GLOBAL WARMING: NATURAL OR MAN-MADE
There is no question that there is an increase in Earth’s temperature and we are experiencing what is referred to as global warming. The Earth has experienced this many times in history on a much larger scale, but, humans did not exist (and would not have been able to exist) at the time. The questions now are whether human actions are accelerating the process of global warming and possibly decreasing Earth’s future sustainability; and, if so, what, if anything…
Global warming is one of the biggest social topics of our time. In addition, it is one of the most hotly contested. Nearly everyone believes in the greenhouse effect, which basically means that the sun's warmth is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by the Earth's natural gasses such as: methane, ozone, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapor, and chlorofluorocarbons. Without the greenhouse effect, we would not be able to live on Earth because it would be too cold. The concept of global warming…
Relationship between Global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer
The ozone layer is a layer in the earth's atmosphere containing relatively high concentrations of ozone. Global warming is climate change that causes an increase in the average temperature of the lower atmosphere. I believe there is a relationship between ozone layer and global warming. The following are some reasons there is a relationship between global warming, damage of the ozone layer and the temperature…
Global Warming Real or Fake?
Global warming is the slow increase of the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere. It is caused by the greenhouse effect which is caused by the increasing levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants. Another thing that is causing global warming is methane from agriculture and animals. Also the increase of chemical fertilizers contributes to global warming.
Chemical fertilizers are nitrogen rich. Nitrogen oxides have 300 more times the heat trapping capacity…
Global Warming: True or False?
Global warming, most of us have a general idea of what it is but I’m going explain it in a little more detail. In a nutshell, it’s the steady rising of Earth’s temperature. What’s causing this is greenhouse gases plus the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is what happens when certain gases like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour trap heat. These gases let in light but keep heat from escaping, causing the Earth to warm. The amount of greenhouse…
Global Warming and the Threat on the Existence of Life on Earth
Global warming is a very complex subject with much debate involved with the subject. Although some people do not see global as a threat to all life on Earth, it is a very serious problem, because of warming temperatures including the melting of the polar ice caps and ice sheets, extreme weather patterns, including tornados and hurricanes. If the human race do not curb the problems of carbon emissions…
identified as global warming by climatologist, which is the negative result of overproduction of greenhouse gas such as CO2 and methane. Multiple reasons lead to the climate change, including burning fossil fuels, deforestation and inappropriate practices in agriculture, as these human activities accelerate greenhouse gas emitting. (Johnson, 2013, Course book 1)Although opponents who deny the temperature of the earth is increasing due to human activity claim that the global warming is a natural change…
Growing up one of the first things we learn about in science class is global warming. How much we drive, how much light usage in our homes. Everyday life affects the outcome of the future existence on earth. We do harm by misusing our natural resources. Some scientists argue that volcanoes have some fault, but over the years volcanoes have been less active and global warming has increased. It is all explained by how we as humans live our life every day. The larger human population becomes…
November 06, 2008
Specific purpose: To convince my audience that global warming does exist and we can help put a stop to it.
I. What would you do if someone tells you that the foundation of your home is sinking? Would you try and fix it or would you let it sink slowly?
II. Today, I am going to help you recognize that global warming does exist, we are the main cause and we can do something to stop this.
III. It is important we all know this because before we know…
Global Warming: Its effects on the Economy
English Composition II
July 1, 2008
THESIS: From the findings of experts on Global Warming and Climatology, it can be concluded that Global Warming has a direct effect on our current global economy and the instability of the future.
A. The study of Environmental Economics
B. Economic issues and relations to past and future global warming estimates