Global Warming

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Global warming is an increase in the earths temperature due to fossil fuels, industry, and

Agricultural processes caused by human, natural and other gas emissions. This results in

an increased emissions. This results in an increased emission of greenhouse gases.

Short-wave solar radiation sinks into the Earth's atmosphere and warms it surface, while

Long-wave infrared radiation emitted by earth's surface is absorbed, and then re-emitted

by trace gases. Climate changes occur in our earth's atmosphere due to a buildup of greenhouse gasses. Greenhouse gases can occur naturally as well as a result of human activities.

Problems can occur when higher concentrations of greenhouse gases are present in our atmosphere because they have enhanced our earth's heat trapping capability. There are many misconceptions about global warming, Some believe that pollution causes global warming, but the fact is global warming is the result of burning fossil fuels, coal and oil that release carbon dioxide.

Another misconception is nuclear power causes climate change. Nuclear power actually reduces emissions of carbon dioxide when used in place of coal. Some believe that global warming means that the earth will become warmer all over. The name is misleading because in some places, it will actually become much colder. The majority of scientists believe global warming is a process underway and that it is human-induced. The greenhouse gasses are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. These gases occur naturally. The Earth "uses" those gases to warm its surface. Carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere when solid waste, fossil fuels, wood and wood products are burned. Each greenhouse gas absorbs heat differently if natural gases did not occur, the temperatures would be 91.4 degrees cooler than the current temperatures. These gases trap heat and cause the greenhouse effect, "Rising global temperatures". Human activities add to the levels...