Geography Module 1-2

Geography Module 1-2 - Module 1: Global Warming The natural...

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Module 1: Global Warming The natural greenhouse effect is the reason that we have a warm atmosphere. This warming of the atmosphere is caused by the trapping of incoming and outgoing solar radiation. In the past century because of the industrial revolution in Europe and North America there has been an unhealthy increase in the amount of green house gasses in the atmosphere. The cause of this is most probably a result of burning of fossil fuels. As a result the average temperature of earth has increased over the past 50 years. There are four major greenhouse gasses: Carbon Dioxide, Chlorofluorocarbons, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide. The reason these gasses have increased in the atmosphere is a direct result of humans. (37-38) The effects of global warming are already being felt by people all over the world. Unless countries start to regulate the amount of greenhouse gasses put in the atmosphere scientists project that average temperatures of the earth will increase 2-4 degrees by 2030. While this does not seem like a large increase, it is the same increase in cooling that caused the ice age. If this
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