The Causes Of Climate Change

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Climate Change Climate change has impacted the earth over decades and may potentially cause the death of humans. Global climate is projected to continue changing over this century and beyond due to an overlap of the anthropogenic forcings and natural forcings. However, humans are contributing to climate change more substantially than the natural factors that occur. Anthropogenic forcing is the economical activity of humans that affect the energy balance of the earth [1] as well as alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere [2] which impacts climate change. To begin with, the advancements in agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation have caused a rapid increase in fossil fuel burning such as coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as other practices that release pollutants in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution in 1850 [2]. These forcings have affected the temperature of the earth because concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide have increased in the atmosphere [2], and carbon dioxide which is known to be a greenhouse gas [4] is a main component to the warming of the earth [3]. These greenhouse gases trap some of the heat on earth by absorbing solar radiation and re-emitting heat in all directions [4] which essentially leads to the increase of temperature in the earth. It is also measured that greenhouse gases with a higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) absorb more energy per pound, which warms the earth even further [5]. Moreover, the

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