The Weather Makers_ISP221

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The Weather Makers Peter Ferrini A39822850 [email protected] Chapter 1/ intro Global Warming is a problem. Right now we can see its effects through the changing ocean level, droughts, huge storms that we have never seen before, and the rising level of CO2. The CO2 level is supposedly what is causing the increase in temperature. The reason that more co2 is in the air is because of humans. We pollute the atmosphere in gigantic amounts. Cars are one of the biggest pollutants that we have created, but there are many other things that are also making our air dirty. The Earth is a very fragile thing. Each one of Earth's systems affects all the others. In a way the Earth is like a living, planet sized creature. That is why James Lovelock gave it the name Gaia after an ancient Greek earth goddess. Chapter 2 When there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere it is bad because the sun's radiation hits the co2 molecule and heats it up which heats up the air around it and we have global warming. Co2 is considered a greenhouse gas. It is produced when we burn something or something decomposes. That is the main reason why using fossil fuels is ruining our planet. Chapter 3 The atmosphere would go into a warming spiral if co2 levels ever got to a certin point. The oceans are the largest co2 holders/absorbers on earth and oceans hold more co2 when cold. If the co2 in the air heated the oceans, then much of the co2 buried in the oceans would be released. This would only make things hotter. Also, the oceans would start to evaporate more which would put masses of water vapor in the atmosphere which would heat up the atmosphere more. This just shows how fragile the atmosphere really is. Example Flannery uses cola as an example. He states that cold cola will keep its fizzyness, or co2, longer then warm cola. Warm cola goes flat, or loses its co2, faster than if it was cold. This is just like how the oceans work. If the oceans were warmed, co2 would go into the air and that is not a good thing.
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Chapter 4 There have been many great scientists with great discoveries. One was named Arrhenius, who dedicated part of his life to finding out how the ice age happened. He concluded that the industrial revolution is harmful for the atmosphere's temperature. Another was named Milankovich. He also was curious about the ice age. He came up with 3 factors, or cycles of the Earth, that affect the temperature. They are the elliptical orbit, the axis, and the wobble to the axis. Galileo studied sunspots and how they change the Earth temperature. There are many factors that contribute to temperature changes, but the biggest problem is still the high level of CO2. Chapter 5 This is a hard chapter to fully grasp. The Earth has gone through many time gateways. These time gateways can be broken down further. The Earth has changed temperature, species, and land masses. Some of the reasons of change being CO2. The ocean, at one point in time, was very acidic due to too
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