12-4 - 12. , warmtheEarth Greenhousegases

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12.4 Human-Environment Interactions Greenhouse effect –  A natural process, involving solar radiation and atmospheric gases that helps to  warm the Earth.  Greenhouse gases –  Global warming –  A rise in global temperatures primarily attributed to human activities that have  increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Carbon footprint –  Carbon offset –  Land-use and land-cover change (LULCC) –  An interdisciplinary approach to studying human- environment interactions based on an awareness of the linkages between ecosystem processes and  social conditions.  Kyoto Protocol –  An international agreement since 1997 with the goal of achieving significant  reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly among the industrialized countries that have  ratified it.  THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND GLOBAL WARMING Identify the greenhouse gases.  Water Vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrouse oxide, and hydro  chlorofluorocarbons  Define the greenhouse effect.  See Definition  What does the concern about  the greenhouse effect center on?  The increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the  atmosphere because of certain human activities.  What compound does burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene jet  fuel) and plant matter (wood, charcoal, and dung) release into the atmosphere?  Carbon Dioxide  What do considerable historic data confirm about atmospheric concentrations of this gas? 
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2012 for the course GEOG 1113 taught by Professor Bays during the Fall '10 term at Oklahoma State.

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