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Global Warming What is Global Warming Global Warming is described as the progressive gradual rise of the earths surface temperature thought to be caused by the greenhouse effect and responsible for changes in global climate patterns The greenhouse effect is the absorption of energy radiated from the Earths surface by carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere causing the atmosphere to become warmer The greenhouse effect is what is causing the temperature on the Earth to rise and creating many problems that will begin to occur in the coming decades Greenhouse effect is the effect produced as greenhouse gases allow incoming solar radiation to pass through the Earths atmosphere but prevent part of the outgoing infrared radiation from the Earths surface and lower atmosphere from escaping into outer space This process occurs naturally and has kept the Earths temperature about 59 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it would otherwise be Current life on Earth could not be sustained without the natural greenhouse effect The natural gases in the greenhouse effect are water vapor carbon dioxide CO2 ozone O3 as well as other trace gases Life could not exist if there was no natural greenhouse effect Causes of Global Warming The most recent scientific data confirms that the earths climate is rapidly changing In the beginning all climate changes occurred naturally however the Industrial Revolution brought about a massive change in the worlds atmosphere The world began altering the climate and environment through agricultural and industrial practices The cause is a thickening layer of carbon dioxide pollution mostly from power plants and automobiles that traps heat in the atmosphere Global temperatures increased by about 1 degree Fahrenheit over the course of the last century and will likely rise even more rapidly in coming decades There is agreement today that Global warming is a systematic issue driven by natural and human-influenced landscape and gas emission changes that can occur at the same time Natural variations
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