As the world population continues to grow and the demand for resources increase, one must wonder what affects this growth must have on our global atmosphere. Due to the fact that the world functions based largely on a steady climate, it is hard to imagine what it would look like without it. However there have been vast climate changes that can now be seen in today’s world. Today’s global temperatures have been dramatically increasing every year. Many are pondering why and what effects could be seen if this trend continues. One of the reasons is called the ‘greenhouse effect’ where gases are trapped in the atmosphere. This in turn causes an increase in heat. This may (many have speculated) contribute to global warming which are problems that geologists continue to study and tackle. The greenhouse effect is a natural process that keeps the earth at temperatures that are livable. Energy from the sun warms the earth when its heat rays are absorbed by greenhouse gases and become trapped in the atmosphere. Some of the most common greenhouse gases are water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane. If there were no greenhouse gases, very few rays would be absorbed and the earth would be extremely cold. However, when too many rays are absorbed, the earth’s atmosphere starts to warm, which leads to global warming. Global warming can lead to many problems that affect the environment in which we live. In order to talk about global warming, we must first learn what causes the greenhouse effect. A lot of the rays from the sun are absorbed by water vapor that is naturally in our atmosphere. Water vapor accounts for over 80 percent of natural greenhouse warming. The remaining 20 percent is due to other gases that are present in very small amounts (Climate Change). Carbon dioxide is also a big absorber of the sun’s heat rays. Humans can cause a lot of carbon dioxide to be released. Every time we burn fossil fuels, for example, we release more carbon dioxide. Emissions from cars also increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, more rays from the sun are absorbed. This will cause the atmosphere and the earth’s temperature to warm. Some suggest the warming of the earth will cause the oceans to become warmer as well. When they heat up, more water is evaporated, causing more carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. Once this process starts, it is extremely hard to control. If the temperature keeps rising, more carbon dioxide will be released. Another greenhouse gas is methane, which absorbs infrared radiation 25 times more effectively than carbon dioxide, making it an important greenhouse gas despite its relatively low concentration. (Change). However there have been many studies on how methane is released into the atmosphere. A study done by a team of MIT scientists recorded a “nearly simultaneous world-wide increase in methane levels -the and was the first increase in ten years.” What baffled the team is that this data contradicts theories stating humans are the primary source of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Their main conclusion was that the increase in methane levels could be because of a natural cycle rather than direct human contributions (Kazan, Casey). Although many argue that it may be the world’s natural cycle, methane in the atmosphere is generated mostly by biological activity related to rice cultivation, leaks in domestic and industrial gas lines, burning of Co2 gases, and the digestive process of domestic livestock, especially cattle (Climate Change). Another effect of global warming on the environment is the fact that higher temperatures will lead to a change in the water cycle. Some locations may experience more rain. Warmer temperatures will cause a greater amount of evaporation from lakes, rivers and oceans. In some areas this could be good, and in others it could be considered devastating. In northern
Global Warming Paper Cameron Conolly
For years many people have believed that we are causing the Earth to warm up faster. Global Warming is the heating of the climate. Others believe it is due to natural climate processes. Either way, we know that Global Warming is a serious issue for our Earth.
One of the reasons we think Global Warming is occurring is because of Orbital Variations. “Orbital Variations” is part of a theory developed by Milutin Milkankovic. An astonishing fact about Milankovic…
Rise of Modern Science
Following years of debate publicly on whether global warming is due to natural activities or is the result of mankind, evidence suggests that extreme climate and weather changes are caused by humans. Over the years, the earths’ climate has wavered many times, from periods of record breaking heat to the ice ages. Changes in the sun’s force and the earths’ course around it, along with natural elements such as; erupting volcanos…
Global warming, also called climate change, has become a topic of concern
over the past decade. Climate has changed drastically over the past decade, “From
2001 through Feb, 2011 the atmospheric carbon dioxide increased by 22.2% of the
total increase from 1800 to 2001” (Pangburn). Although I wasn’t completely aware
of global warming and it’s circumstances until recently, I can honestly say that it is a
issue to be concerned about. Global Warming is an indisputable…
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…
What Are the Causes of Global Warming?
What is global warming? According to NASA Earth Observatory, global warming is the unusually rapid increase in Earth’s average surface temperature over the past century primarily due to the greenhouse gases released as people burn fossil fuels. Global warming is the warming near the earth's surface that results when the earth's atmosphere traps the sun's heat. The earth is getting warmer. The changes are small, so far, but they are expected to grow and speed…
By L Nickerson
How do you feel about Global Warming? Is it real? What are the effects of it? How can we help stop or slow it down? In this paper I am going to explain how global warming has a direct effect on the modern.
To start yes, global warming is very real. The effects are harmful and as you keep reading this paper you will find what has happened because of it. One way we can slow it down is the Green Movement. The Green Movement is when Recycling, The Clean…
Global Warming: Rodriguez Tony P.3
Global warming is caused primarily by carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and gas.
Certain gases that trap heat are building up in Earth's atmosphere. The primary culprit is carbon dioxide, released from burning coal, oil and natural gas in power plants, cars, factories, etc. (and to a lesser extent when forests are cleared). The second is methane, released from rice paddies, both ends of cows, rotting garbage in landfills, mining operations…
Global Warming has become a serious issue in our world today. We are all being affected by it, and at the same time we do not realize how baldy this could affect our future. Many of us are aware of Global Warming, but we are not all on the same page with the subject. One side believes that Global warming is not actually what’s happening to our world, and instead it is something else that is or will be harming our world. The other side of the Global Warming debate people believes that it is global…
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…
endless debate going on about global warming. Some people say that global warming is a threat to us socially, economically, politically, and immediate actions should be taken to minimize it. Whereas, other people say that global warming is beneficial and is a natural process that is required for the sustainability of life on earth. Hence, in my opinion, global warming is a potential threat that causes harm not only to humans, but also to the planet as a whole.
Global warming can be defined as the increase…