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This paper was written for a Global Issues class It includes an introduction a section which explains what the greenhouse effect is and a section on evidence that suggests it is occurring It explains the effects of global warming including the impact on ecosystems animal species plant species and human species The paper ends by offering possible solutions and a conclusion Also includes 2 references Introduction Global warming is easiest described as human-induced climate change Lutz 3 It occurs because of a buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere Many factors contribute to the abundance of these gases Global warming is expected to increase the average temperature of the Earths surface raise sea levels and change precipitation patterns Lutz 3 There are many potential impacts of these changes The Earth could see an increase in extreme weather and will have impacts on humans animals and ecosystems Lutz 24 Godrej 4 There is a lot of uncertainty as to how much and how fast the climate will change Lutz 3 There is also debate about how serious the consequences will be Lutz 5 Since all of the nations in the world contribute equally to the emissions of greenhouse gases Lutz 15 the solution will have to come on a global basis Godrej 4 The Greenhouse Effect The greenhouse effect is rather simple to understand Take the name greenhouse effect Think of the Earth as one big greenhouse The glass walls of a greenhouse let light in but trap heat inside The atmosphere constitutes the glass walls Lutz 3 This is a natural occurrence There are gases in the atmosphere that let in light from the sun but absorb the outgoing heat from the Earths surface and emit that heat in all directions Lutz 3 Greenhouse gases make up less than 1 of the Earths total atmosphere Lutz 5 The most important greenhouse gas is water vapor Godrej 24 Water vapor is not directly affected
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