Global Warming

Global Warming’s Impact on the Earth
      The world’s most brilliant scientific minds agree that land and industrial activities are impacting our climate in negative ways. The burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal, and oil create pollutants that act as the glass in a greenhouse, radiating heat back down to the earth which then warms our climate. If we do not take steps now to reduce the emissions of global warming pollution, we will suffer serious environmental, health, and economic repercussions. We owe our time and effort to reduce the global warming pollutants so future generations of the earth can have a healthy economy and environment too.
      The greenhouse effect is a term used to explain why our climate is warming using an analogy to describe the similarities between the earth’s atmosphere and a greenhouse. Every day the sun’s rays penetrate the atmosphere much like sunlight passes through the glass in a greenhouse. The earth’s surface, or the floor of the greenhouse in this analogy, is heated by absorbing the sun’s rays. However, a portion of the rays are not absorbed by the surface but reflected into the atmosphere where the pollutants, or glass in the greenhouse, prevent the rays escaping into space. The pollutants absorb the earth’s reflected heat and over time, radiate the heat back towards the earth where it warms our climate. ( & 363.7 GAY)
      Increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the most devastating pollutant of global warming, is caused by two important factors; deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. Deforestation is responsible for twenty-five percent of carbon dioxide emissions while the burning of gasoline in automobiles is responsible for thirty three percent of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. When a fossil fuel such as gasoline is burnt, it releases pollutants into the atmosphere. These pollutants would normally be reduced by photosynthesis. However, with rainforests the...