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Environmental effects of global warmingThe greenhouse effect and global warming are issues that are talked about by geologistsall the time The greenhouse effect is a natural process that keeps the earth at temperatures thatare livable Energy from the sun warms the earth when its heat rays are absorbed by greenhousegasses and become trapped in the atmosphere Some of the most common greenhouse gasses arewater vapor carbon dioxide and methane If there were no greenhouse gasses very few rayswould be absorbed and the earth would be extremely cold When too many rays are absorbed theearths atmosphere starts to warm which leads to global warming Global warming can lead tomany problems that affects the environment in which we live In order to talk about global warming we must first learn what causes the greenhouseeffect A lot of the rays from the sun are absorbed by water vapor that is naturally in ouratmosphere Water vapor accounts for 80 percent of natural greenhouse warming Theremaining 20 percent is due to other gasses that are present in very small amounts MurckSkinner and Porter 488 Carbon dioxide is also a big absorber of the suns heat rays Humanscan cause a lot of carbon dioxide to be released Every time we burn fossil fuels we release morecarbon dioxide Emissions from cars also increase the amount of carbon dioxide in theatmosphere If there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere more rays from the sun areabsorbed This will cause the atmosphere and the earths temperature to warm The warming ofthe earth will cause the oceans to become warmer When they heat up more water is evaporatedcausing more carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere Once this process starts it isextremely hard to control If the temperature keeps rising more carbon dioxide will be released Another greenhouse gas is methane Methane absorbs infrared radiation 25 times moreeffectively than carbon dioxide making it an important greenhouse gas despite its relatively lowconcentration 490 There
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