Essay on The Greenhouse Effect On Global Warming

774 Words Oct 21st, 2016 4 Pages
The Greenhouse Effect Most people recognize global warming, but fail to recognize what is really behind it. In addition, most people would also recognize the concept of the greenhouse effect, or at least some variation of it. The fact is that the greenhouse effect is what leads to global warming, but how does that happen? Let’s start with some historical analysis of the topic. The greenhouse effect (or at least a rough version) was originally thought of and recognized by Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier in 1824. Starting with the concept that the earth’s atmosphere acts as an insulator for the sun’s energy and heat, Fourier’s idea was recognized and theorized into what is now the known as the greenhouse effect. A more thorough description requires starting with the earth’s temperature. As with any object, the earth’s temperature is determined by the balance between inputs and outputs of energy. Unfortunately, the input has several factors. The sun’s rays that pierce the earth’s atmosphere get absorbed at many points including the higher atmosphere, the lower atmosphere and the surface. This is where the greenhouse gases come into play. By trapping the sun’s heat from the energy that entered the earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse gases prevent some of that energy from being emitted from the earth’s atmosphere and thus heating up the atmosphere. While this is technically a fairly gradual increase in the earth’s average temperature, it could eventually be a major issue. The…

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