Wabash Watershed: Greenhouse Effect And Global Warming

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M6A1 Project 2 Wabash Watershed GEOL 108 Professor Tim Born M6A1 Project 2 Wabash Watershed Global warming affects everyone no matter where you live. It is not restricted to just one country, state, or person. Everything we do has consequences to our environment and we all need to be aware about what affects it can have. "Data gathered from surface weather stations, ships, buoys, balloons, satellites, ice cores, and other paleoclimatological sources indicate that the climate of Earth is becoming warmer" (Hess, 2014, p. 103). Most people use the term Greenhouse Effect and global warming interchangeably. The Greenhouse Effect is at work in our atmosphere all the time. Without it “the Earth would be about -15°C (5°F) rather than…show more content…
Carbon dioxide is a heat trapping greenhouse gas. It gets “released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes such as respiration and volcanic eruptions” (Global Climate Change: Key Indicators, 2014). An increase in carbon dioxide means more heat is trapped thereby raising the Earth’s temperature. Global surface temperature needs to also be monitored. Not just one area but globally! That would give us a better indication of global warming. Artic sea ice is another thing we should be monitoring. “September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 11.5 percent per decade, relative to the 1979 to 2000 average” (Global Climate Change: Key Indicators, 2014). Due to, again warmer temperatures both maximum and minimum we are seeing ice melt. “Data from NASA's Grace Satellites show that the land ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland are losing mass. The continent of Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice per year since 2002” (Global Climate Change: Key Indicators, 2014). Warming air and land temperatures seem to be causing the land ice and artic ice to melt. Where is all this melting ice going? “Sea level rise is caused by two factors related to global warming: the added water coming from the melting of land ice and the expansion of sea water as it warms up” (Global Climate Change: Key Indicators, 2014). All these indicators data need to be studied as

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