Essay about Difference Between Freezing And Melting

1077 Words Dec 30th, 2015 5 Pages
One degree is the difference between freezing and melting. One degree is the difference between surviving and thriving. One degree is the difference between the global average temperature of the year 1900 and the year 2014. The world has seen a 0.66º C increase in temperature, and while it may seem like a small change, it will have a major effect on daily lives and the ecosystem in the near future (Global Land and Temperature Anomalies). The main contributor to this increase is the effect of greenhouse gasses, and in order to decrease these effects, the consumption of dairy products should be reduced. Greenhouse gases are gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, which cloud the air. These gases allow “direct sunlight (relative shortwave energy) to reach the Earth 's surface unimpeded,” (Greenhouse Gases). Once this is reflected off of the Earth’s surface, the gases trap the heat in the atmosphere (Greenhouse Gases). These gasses are important to keep the earth at livable temperatures. According to John T. Hardy, author of “Climate Change: Causes, Effects, and Solutions” published in 2003, if they were not present the “Earth 's average surface temperature would be about —20 °C (—4 °F) instead of 15 °C (59 °F)” (Hardy 5). In short, greenhouse gasses have a major effect on temperature, and this has been a trend since the beginning of time. Throughout history, global temperatures have risen and fallen naturally. The first major occurrence of climate change was…

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