Can Global Warming Be Prevented?

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New researches conducted have shown an increase in earth’s surface temperature. Over the past 100 years, earth’s temperature has risen between 0.4 and 0.8°C (Live Science, 2015). This has become an issue amongst scientist as they are convinced that the earth is heating up. Despite this consensus, people still take the issue of Global warming lightly. Yet, lately, we’ve witnessed erratic weather changes; increased air pollution, rising sea levels and threats on ecosystems. Earth’s average temperature is increasing as a result of human activities. With the way things are going, reversing the global warming trend is becoming Improbable.
Global warming, as aforementioned, is the increase in earth’s average temperature due to the release of greenhouse gasses people burn as fossil fuels. Greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide, methane and Nitrous oxide gasses are compounds that are able to trap heat in the atmosphere.(Environmental Protection Agency, 2015). This is called the “greenhouse effect”. Solar energy emitted from the sun is absorbed at the earth’s surface and is then re-radiated back into the atmosphere as heat (infrared-radiation). Greenhouse gasses absorb and trap some of this infrared-radiation on the earth’s atmosphere which causes the earth to warm up. It’s like they place a ‘warm blanket’ on the earth. Every day, millions of tons of greenhouse gasses are emitted and they are all trapping lots and lots of infrared-radiation on
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