Comparing The Greenhouse Effect And Global Warming

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Darius Brown, Professor Yenko, Comp Reading, Spring 2015

The greenhouse effect and global warming are both issues that are talked about by scientists all across the globe. The greenhouse effect is "the trapping of heat in the earth 's atmosphere." (Shuster, 583) Energy from the sun warms the earth. That heat then dstributes back to the atmosphere where it is absorbed by greenhouse gases. (Shuster, 583) One of the most common greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide. When too much heat is absorbed, the atmosphere of the earth begins to warm. This may lead to global warming. Global warming is defined as "an overall increase in the earth 's average temperature." (Shuster, 584) Global warming can lead to problems that affect the land on which we live.
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Many forest are vulnerable to attacks by insects. This means that it is highly likely that insects will invade the forests. In the forests, birds are a natural form of pest control. (Shuster, 585) However, many birds are migrating north to adapt to the climate change. With the birds leaving the forest, the forest is left gullible to attacks by the insects. "More insects mean more dead trees, which in turn means more fuel for forest fires" (Shsuter, 585) Studies have shown that climate change has produce fires that spread quicker and are more intense. (Flannigan, 556) Global warming is already a huge issue that society is trying to deal with. Forest fires make even greater of a …show more content…
When greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide absorb heat, it traps the heat and keeps it in our atmosphere. An increase in greenhouse gases also leads to an increase in average temperature. Even small increases in our average temperature could mean a lot of damage. Only about 9 degrees fahrenheit, a small change, ended the last ice age. (Shuster, 583) More temperature change could bring about even more environmental changes. Global warming leads to climate change. This change in temperature forces many species out of their natural habitats. This in turn may lead to more forest fires as well as many species eventually being driven to extinction. Although it may be very difficult, global warming must be stopped. If not controlled, our environment will continue to be affected.

Works Cited

Byravan, Sujatha, and Sudhir Chella Rajan. "Sea Level Rise And Climate Change Exiles: A Possible Solution." Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists 71.2 (2015): 21-28. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

FLANNIGAN, MIKE, et al. "Impacts Of Climate Change On Fire Activity And Fire Management In The Circumboreal Forest." Global Change Biology 15.3 (2009): 549-560. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

Shuster, Michele, Janet Vigna, Gunjun Sinha, and Matthew Tontonoz. "Warming Planet, Decreasing Diversity." Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing. Kathleen T. McWhorter. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin 's. 2013.

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