Greenhouse Gas and What We Can Do to Help

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Running Head: Greenhouse Gas and What We Can Do to Help 1 Greenhouse Gas and What We Can Do to Help Andrew K. McCleskey Grantham University GS104 Introduction to Environmental Science March 16, 2011
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Greenhouse Gas and What We Can Do to Help 2 Abstract This paper will discuss greenhouse gases and their result on the environment and the Ecosystems. I will discuss what makes greenhouse gases and how they help or hinder the environment. When the greenhouse gases are produced out of control we have what is called global warming and I will discuss the influence this problem has on land, air, water resources, plant life, animal life, and human societies. I will also discuss the long-term effects global warming will continue to create without a comprehensive solution. I will discuss how the rising of greenhouse gases have been addressed historically, and will determine the courses of action taken in science, technology, political and economic systems, laws and regulations, community- based initiatives, education. Then I will review the successes and limitations of these actions. Finally I will explain the actions that you believe need to be developed and implemented to accomplish change.
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Greenhouse Gas and What We Can Do to Help 3 What are greenhouse gases? The definition given by the Energy Information Administration says that greenhouse gases are many chemical compounds found in the Earth’s atmosphere act as “greenhouse gases.” These gases allow sunlight to enter the atmosphere freely. When sunlight strikes the Earth’s surface, some of it is reflected back towards space as infrared radiation (heat). Greenhouse gases absorb this infrared radiation and trap the heat in the atmosphere. Over time, the amount of energy sent from the sun to the Earth’s surface should be about the same as the amount of energy radiated back into space, leaving the temperature of the Earth’s surface roughly constant. Many gases exhibit these “greenhouse” properties. Some of them occur in nature like water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, while others are exclusively human-made like gases used for aerosols. (Energy Information Administration, 2004) The problem we are facing is called global warming. What is global Warming? According to the EPA’s website Global warming refers to an average increase in the Earth's temperature, which in turn causes changes in climate. A warmer Earth may lead to changes in rainfall patterns, a rise in sea level, and a wide range of impacts on plants, wildlife, and humans. When scientists talk about the issue of climate change, their concern is about global warming
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