Climate Change

Climate Change Response

March 21st, 2016

Climate Change Response
There are numerous examples of our changing world. The world’s climate is not immune to these changes. We will explore the many different examples that illustrate the consequences of these changes. There are many examples of how humans are contributing to these atmospheric conditions that are plaguing our planet. With the advent of the Industrial Age in our history, we have altered our atmosphere and climate in ways that have not been seen in the last 400,000 years.
Civilization was forever changed with the onset of the Industrial Age. It ushered humanity into a new era. It also brought about changes that no one of the times could have predicted. Factories that produced goods also produced a variety of chemicals that were introduced into the atmosphere in great quantities. Heavy metals, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, and Nitric oxide were some of the chemicals that became known as air pollutants, or smog. These all contribute to higher carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. This in turn is causing more heat to be retained and is creating a rise in temperature.
There have been many discoveries into past climate conditions on our planet. The two main ways to test past atmospheric conditions involve removing samples from the earth that are known to be from specific eras. The first way to test this involves analyzing ice core samples. The ice is formed and retains the conditions of the surrounding areas within itself. Once the age of the ice layer you are pulling your sample from is confirmed, you have a literal snapshot into the state of the world at that specific time. Scientists are using air trapped in the ice samples to measure various gas levels present at that time. The other way is very similar to the ice core samples. The trick is finding soil that can be dated and not contaminated.
The greenhouse effect is necessary for life on our planet. Naturally...