The Effects Of Climate Change On The Earth

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Climate change is the process of change in average long term weather patterns. These long term changes can be limited to small local areas such as cities or countries, large broad areas or cover the overall climate of Earth. Climate change occurs naturally due to the orbit of the Earth, ocean changes, changes in solar radiation levels and volcanic disasters. Although these natural influences do play a part in climate change most scientists believe that the rate of climate change that the Earth has experienced recently is not an entirely natural occurrence. These scientists believe that humans are having a large impact on recent climate change. Climate change that is influenced by human activity is called anthropogenic climate change. Anthropogenic climate change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are heat retaining gases that over time collect in the atmosphere. Some of the most common greenhouse gases that are having a large effect on the rate of anthropogenic climate change are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. When these gases are emitted they cause the atmosphere to become thicker and retain more heat from the sun. The process of these greenhouse gases collecting in the atmosphere is causing the temperature on Earth to increase. The two main causes of anthropogenic climate change are the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Burning the fossil fuels coal, oil and gas releases carbon. Trees naturally absorb
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