The Consequences Of Global Warming

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Global Warming Problem statement Since the environment and environmental issues have become big topics of discussion worldwide, I would like to find out how global warming is affecting the environment and life on earth. Therefore, I am going to define what global warming is and explain what is causing it. Thereafter, I will describe what the consequences of global warming are and how it is affecting people around the world. Lastly, I will assess how we can prevent global warming. Global warming Global warming is the rise in the average global temperature. The average global temperature is the land surface temperatures and the sea surface temperatures combined. Studies show that the average global temperature has been increasing drastically…show more content…
The greenhouse effect is the warming that happens when certain gases in the atmosphere of the Earth trap heat. The gases let sunlight in but keep heat from escaping. It works like this: First, sunlight shines onto the surface of the Earth where it is absorbed, and then it radiates back into the atmosphere as heat. Greenhouse gases trap some of this heat, and the rest escapes into space. The more greenhouse gases there are in the atmosphere, the more heat gets trapped. It is called the greenhouse effect because it works just like a greenhouse. It is a good thing that we have the greenhouse effect. It keeps the Earth livable. If it was not there, the Earth would be much cooler. However, if there are too many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the Earth will become too warm, because the heat cannot escape. Humans’ contribution Humans have enhanced the greenhouse effect by releasing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. A lot of the carbon dioxide that we release comes from means of transportation running on fuels and the fossil fuels that we burn for energy. The fossil fuels that we burn are primarily coal, oil and natural gas formed from the remains of dead plants and animals over hundreds of millions of years. Fossil fuels contain high percentages of carbon, so the burning of fossil fuels produces extreme amounts of carbon dioxide. This carbon dioxide is released into…show more content…
The loss of trees and other plants due to deforestation also plays a big part in global warming, because plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Since a single tree will absorb about one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime, the loss of trees and other plants is a huge problem. For every tree that we kill, one ton of carbon dioxide will not be converted into oxygen. Instead, it will be released into the atmosphere and affect the greenhouse effect negatively. Because of the massive release of carbon dioxide and the deforestation, the average global temperature has increased a lot, and if we do not reduce the release of carbon dioxide and the deforestation, the average global temperature will continue to increase. The consequences Global warming has led to that the sea level rise is accelerating, the number of large wildfires is growing, dangerous heat waves are becoming more common, extreme storm events are increasing in many areas and more severe droughts are occurring in others. It also causes many seasonal changes like longer winters and shorter
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