The Greenhouse Effect And Global Warming Essay

833 Words Apr 14th, 2015 4 Pages
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. The effects of global warming include, but are not limited to, climate change, increase in forest fires, and animals driven to extinction.

The most significant effect of global warming is climate change. According to a study done in 2010, from 1980 to 2010, the earth surface was warmed about 1.4 degrees fareinheit. This may not seem like a huge deal, but it is. When talking about global temperatures, even 1 degree is a huge deal. (Shuster, 583) In fact, "eighteen of the warmest years on record occured in just the past twenty years" and the last decade was the hottest decade so far. (Shuster, 583) Most of this climate change can be linked back to global warming. With the increase in temperatures also comes the rising of sea levels.…

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