Global Warming Essay

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Global Climate Change Nikkole Neville Post University CSS101.61: Learn Across Lifespan Ryan Tiscia October 9, 2012 Being “environmental friendly” should be made mandatory worldwide. By recycling half of our household waste alone, we can save “2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere annually” (National Geo.com). By eliminating hazards such as burning gas, coal, and oil, we could help to lower the level of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. This will be explained a little more in depth throughout the paper. Did you know that global warming is the most pressing challenge facing the world today? Global warming is defined as an “increase in the earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect” (Dictionary.com). Due to increase in global temperatures, a lot of changes have caused rising Sea levels due to thermal expansion, and melting ice lands. Precipitation is now completely unpredictable. And the total annual power of hurricanes has increased a great deal since 1975. So what are we as Americans doing to make matters worse? And how can we fix this pressing problem before it becomes an even greater issue? So, what causes the “Greenhouse effect” mentioned earlier? Well, life on earth depends on the sun. “About 30 percent of the sunlight that beams toward Earth is deflected by the outer atmosphere and scattered back into space. The rest reaches the planet's surface and is reflected upward again as a type of slow-moving energy called infrared radiation. The heat caused by infrared radiation is absorbed by "greenhouse gases" such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, ozone and methane, which slows its escape from the atmosphere. Although greenhouse gases

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