Does Increased Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cause Global Warming?

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The warming of the Earth’s atmosphere is one of the most important environmental issues in the world today. The volatile climate and changes of heat in the atmosphere are connected with an increase of large amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is often talked about that the primary reason why the global warming situation is increasing is due to the increase of the amount of greenhouse gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere, primarily the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. The increased carbon dioxide amount in the atmosphere that causes global warming is a cause of concern for many people because of its potential dangerous effects to the Earth and the environment. However, there are opposing arguments against this claim, and …show more content…
Light radiated from the sun in the form of solar or short wave radiation enter the Earth’s atmosphere then to its surface. The surface will re-radiate the heat from the sun’s light back into the atmosphere in the form of infrared or long wave radiation. However, infrared radiations do not easily penetrate beyond the Earth’s atmosphere because certain gases, called greenhouse gases, trap these radiations in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, and ozone. When the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap the infrared radiations, heat is released, and global warming results. Global warming is a necessary condition for the earth’s atmosphere provided that it occurs in moderation. The greenhouse effect that causes global warming gives the average temperature needed in the Earth (about 33 degrees Celsius) that provides the warmth living things need for survival. However, the problem of too much heat present in the atmosphere is one of the primary concerns in the field of environmental issues at present. Excess amounts of greenhouse gases results to excessive trapping of infrared radiation released from the Earth’s surface. When this happens, too much heat is generated, thereby resulting to rising temperatures beyond the necessary average temperature needed by the Earth. The condition that was just described is exactly the same process presently happening that eventually led to increased

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