The Effects Of Carbon Dioxide On The Environment And Society Essay

1528 Words Nov 18th, 2014 null Page
When talking about disasters, many people imagine great tsunamis, earthquakes, or hurricanes because those are visible threats. Having said that, there is an invisible threat that possesses much greater catastrophic consequences, a threat that humankind has chosen to ignore: carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide levels are increasing rapidly due to human activities, and the climate change caused by these increased levels will have harmful effects on the environment and to society.
Background Information
Carbon dioxide, chemical formula CO2, is a natural compound composed of two oxygen atoms connected to a single carbon atom. It is constantly being exchanged in nature, between the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface through many microorganisms, plants, and animals in their lives’ behaviors. The process tends to balance; however, since the Industrial Revolution, human activities have contributed colossal amounts of carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere (Kolbert 2006).
CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that occupied about 82% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. The main human activity that emits CO2 is the combustion of fossil fuels, especially for energy and transportation. Accounting for 38% of total CO2, combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the largest source of emission (EPA 2014). Transportation also contributes tremendous amount of CO2 through the process of burning gasoline and diesel in vehicles; even the most energy efficient products…

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