More about global warming.
More about global warming.
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global warming pictures - to get you started
solutions for global warming - a few possibilities
global warming carbon dioxide - Is it the real culprit?
air pollution cause global warming - It probably contributes
cause of global warming - The $64,000 question
global warming cartoons - Insight and perspective
global warming in the past - It was always warming or cooling
globle warming - a really bad spell of global warming
global energy balance - upsetting this may lead to global warming
dire predictions of global warming - see the film
another view of global warming - from a special guest
global warming evidence - Facts against global warming
Pollution to the evolution
by Jake Ingram
Stockton on Tees, England
Under water cities
Time is running out
Now there's pollution
Most global warming articles will include:
Carbon Dioxide CO2 – From many sources. Natural ones include respiration and decay. People create CO2 primarily through combustion, industry and transportation. CARS! CARS! CARS!
Methane CH4 - A natural product of decomposition, including digestion and soil emissions. So agriculture contributes this one consistently. Global warming articles indicate our industries tend to leak fuel gases containing this stuff. See the article on natural gas leak detection for more about this.
Ozone O3 - at lower
elevations – Like the others it traps radiation under its blanket. Some natural processes suck ozone from the ozone layer and bring it down to ground level according to a few global warming articles. We call this stratospheric intrusion. Industry creates its fair share of ground-level ozone as well.
Do not confuse it with stratospheric ozone, which we want to preserve. Certain emissions in the past have led to destruction of the ozone layer. And it remains a frequent item in the news. See below.
Nitrous Oxide N2O - Natural sources involve the decomposition of ammonia. Again, agriculture is a major contributor.
Water vapor H2O - Evaporation puts this guy in the air. Of course, with global warming, the air will be able to "hold" more of this one. One example is power plants, which release great quantities of steam.
Halocarbons any gas whose chemical formulas includes a combination of C, H, F, Cl and numbers - Not produced naturally. Used to propel aerosol sprays, manufacture foams, and enable refrigeration. This is the group of culprits causing the problems addressed in the next question.
Aerosols - Also known as particulates. Naturally produced by fires and volcanoes. Many human activities release dust and smoke.
Bear in mind that without greenhouse gases, the whole planet would be at least 50°F colder than it is now. So we need them.
Depletion of stratospheric ozone is caused by the emissions of other chemicals. Materials which act as catalysts for reactions resulting in the dismantling of ozone molecules. These substances contain chlorine and fluorine atoms within their molecules. And global warming articles call them halocarbons, chloro- and fluorocarbons.
In general, we consider this a different although just as serious global environmental problem.
Global warming articles and even one documentary film point to a study that seems to indicate that the Greenland ice cap and glaciers are destined to melt away and raise the sea levels by over 20 feet.
This melting is supposed to be responsible for the salt dilution, which could stop the ocean currents and cause wintry scenes like those depicted in the movie The Day After Tomorrow. Now wouldn't that slow the melting? Anyway this melting is predicted to take hundreds of years.
weather predictions featured in global warming articles:
Temperatures will rise – Anywhere from about 2 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, as a global average.
Some areas will be colder – Caused by the desalination of parts of the ocean and suppression of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, which keeps the northern hemisphere mild. This is the possible experience shown in that movie The Day After Tomorrow.
Areas will be wetter – The Great Plains and US southwest, for instance, according to some researchers.
Areas will be drier – Generally, the pattern of rain and drought is predicted to change, though exactly how remains up for debate. Dispute, in fact.
The most obvious consequence global warming articles point out is that with more people, there should be more man-made greenhouse gases, unless people suddenly become aware of their consequences and change their activities accordingly.
True facts on global warming:
It is first on many greenhouse gas lists found in global warming articles. This is because there is so much of it being produced, and it is the subject of Kyoto and similar agreements. See the Solution Global Warming for further details. Greenhouse gases trap heat energy trying to escape from the planet's atmosphere. It normally goes out through virtual windows, which are becoming plugged. Incoming energy comes through different windows that are not blocked as completely.
If there is enough CO2, we all would suffocate due to a decreased oxygen concentration. But this would take a lot. Conceivably, after a certain amount is produced, an incremental increase would have minimal effect on the global warming green house effect. That's because once that particular radiation window is filled, adding to it would be redundant.
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Some global warming articles mention these ideas:
International pollution incentives -
the major earth by yash jain of kolkata/westbengal/india
a earth of fire and thousands of people running here and there of the frightened faces
Global warming articles like to visualize disaster. A few examples…
Heavily populated low-lying areas, homes lost due to rising sea levels and flooding. Many third world areas severely affected.
Temperate regions which have not yet been subject to diseases such as Lyme Disease, West Nile and Malaria could now get them.
Agricultural areas dependent on marginal and perhaps decreasing precipitation.
We are all sources of:
Heat Our breathing, animals, cars, houses, industries. You get the point.
Green house gases Our bodies, animals, cars, houses, industries. All emit Carbon dioxide, methane (cows are famous here), or both, plus others. Heat becomes trapped and the temperature goes up.
What is global warming? Just a change in the average temperature. Many articles and websites show global warming graphs of how historical temperatures fluctuated upwards and downwards by amounts much more than we are currently seeing.
Global warming history - The earth has survived. Many of these changes occurred before man was around, so there is some question whether mankind will survive. There is only one way to find out for sure, but I am willing to bet YES.
Much as been written about it and even more about An Inconvenient Truth. Keep in mind that this is Hollywood, and sacrificing some grim reality for excitement and profit is the norm here. However, any of those things shown in the film is possible.
What about them all happening on the same day? Well...that will be decided. I'd say likely not, but some global warming articles give reasons why multiple things could occur in a sudden chain reaction, causing catastrophe.
Let's wait and see.
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