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global warming - Akshay Patel Period 1 4/2/11 The Cause of...

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Akshay Patel Period 1 4/2/11 The Cause of Global Warming: Humans Global warming is caused by human activity. Activities we take for granted are the causes for global warming. Activities such as driving your car, turning on air conditioners, and eating food that is out of season, and taken from other parts of the world. There are some natural greenhouse gases: water vapor, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, methane and ozone. However, over the past fifty years, production of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane has risen sharply, and a new type of chemical, chlorofluorocarbon has been introduced as a refrigerant, solvent and aerosol propellant, but it is also a very powerful greenhouse gas, because it can trap a lot of radiation. The carbon dioxide comes mainly from burning fossil fuels in power stations, which also causes acid rain. Deforestation is reducing the planet's carbon dioxide absorbing capability. Nitrous oxide is a by-product of nylon production, and is also released by fertilizer use in agriculture. The extra methane is produced in coal mining,
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course BIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Martin during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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