Global Warming and Climate Change Essay

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Global warming and climate change threaten the very existence of mankind; understanding the affects of each and implementing measures to save this planet are of dire urgency. Global warming has become a threat to everything and everyone on Earth. Global warming is caused by many natural and manmade processes that continue to affect our environment. The release of carbon dioxide and methane gases are the two main contributors to climate change. With the warming of the environment almost inevitable now, methane gases are sure to become an even bigger contributor as the planet warms and the ice melts at the poles. It is going to take a global effort, like none ever seen before, to slow down and bring global warming to a much more…show more content…
With global warming and the burning of fossil fuels this is putting more carbon dioxide and methane gases into the atmosphere and is preventing the normal reflection of the sun’s rays from being reflected back into space because these gases trap the suns heat within. This trapping, coupled with global temperature rise are causing the extreme climate changes that are remapping our planet. Climate change can be defined as significant change in the global climates over relatively short periods of time. Other than the natural release of carbon dioxide, there is a significant increase in carbon dioxide and methane being released caused by the actions of man. (EcoBridge, n.d.). There are many causes as to why man has accelerated the natural carbon dioxide process and one that cannot be easily reversed without extreme measures being implemented with our current way of life. Carbon dioxide emissions stem from the burning of fossil fuels for electricity. Also, Carbon dioxide emissions produced by the use of cars and trucks account for about approximately one third of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. alone. (EcoBridge, n.d.). The burning of fossil fuels such as coal are the greatest contributors of carbon dioxide emissions among energy producing processes. Coal facilities release tons of carbon into the atmosphere every day. Cars/trucks vary in the amount of carbon dioxide they release from one car to the next.

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