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Jacob L. Birch Assignment: Social Impact of Population Growth SOC450: Solutions to Global Issues Due: January 28, 2019 Dr. Virginia L. Merlini 1
Introduction: As the world population proceeds to grow, so does the amount of pollution, leading to a massive increase in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases. These gases have led to a global temperature rise, and it is expected to continue in the future due to the continued growth of the population. The build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has mainly been driven by the continued burning of fossil fuels. The world’s population growth rate will play a huge factor, as well. The world population has doubled since the 1960s. (The Irish Times, 2001) However, as we look to our future and make technological advances and minimize our carbon footprint, it is possible to change our current course. In this case assessment, we will review greenhouse gases and how they contribute to global warming, the challenges these emissions pose to the people of the developing countries, and what countries are mostly responsible for them, and finally, is there any way for us to globally control the population to minimize these effects. Part One: Greenhouse Gases and How They Contribute to Global Warming 2
Greenhouse gases are gases that release due to different activities we do every day. These activities include driving and heating and using electricity in our homes. After these greenhouse gases are released, they mix globally meaning no matter where you live, the concentration of the gases will measure roughly the same. While some countries produce significantly more greenhouse gases, it is a global issue as it affects the entire planet. These greenhouse gases warm the Earth by trapping them in the atmosphere. “Greenhouse gases are transparent to incoming (short-wave) radiation from the sun but block infrared (long-wave) radiation from leaving the earth's atmosphere. This greenhouse effect traps radiation from the sun and warms the planet's surface.” [USE18] The more of these gases are released and trapped, the more the Earth warms.

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