Global Warming: The Most Important Effects Of Climate Change

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Climate change, usually referred to as global warming refers to changes in average surface temperatures on earth. Scientifically climate change is due to the human use of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air. The gases trap heat within the atmosphere which have a range of effects on ecosystems, including rising sea levels, severe weather events, and droughts that render landscapes more susceptible to wildfires. Climate change is now affecting every community on every continent, it is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries on a daily basis. People are experiencing the significant impact of climate change which includes changing weather patterns,…show more content…
The most abundant greenhouse gas, but importantly, it acts as a feedback to the climate. Water vapour increases as the earth’s atmosphere warms , but so does the possibility of clouds and precipitation , making these some of the most important feedback mechanisms to the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide. A minor but very important component of the atmosphere , carbon dioxide is released through natural processes such as respiration and volcano eruptions and through human activities such as deforestation, land use changes, and burning of fossil fuels. Humans have increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration since the industrial revolution began. This is the most important long-lived forcing of climate change. Methane. A hydrocarbon gas produced both through natural sources and human activities, including the decomposition of wastes in landfills, agriculture and especially rice cultivation, as well as ruminant digestion and manure management associated with domestic livestock. Methane is a far more active greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, but also one which is much less abundant in the atmosphere .Nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse production by soil cultivation practices, especially the use of commercial and organic fertilisers, fossil fuel combustion, nitric acid production, and biomass burning. Chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs). Synthetic compounds entirely of industrial origin used in a number of applications but now largely regulated in production and…show more content…
On average, earth will become warmer. Some regions may welcome warmer temperatures, but others may not. Warmer conditions will probably lead to more evaporation and precipitation overall, but individual regions will vary , some becoming wetter and others dryer. A stronger greenhouse effect will warm the oceans and partially melt glaciers other ice, increasing sea level. Ocean water also will expand if it warms, contributing further to sea level rise. While we can't undo the damage caused to the environment, we can help decelerate the rate of change - and long-term, change the fate of the planet altogether. Half the problem for us as individuals, however, is the knowing where to start. Our homes contribute a large proportion of the overall carbon emissions - and it's down to individuals to make a change to reduce their property's environmental impact. Everything we do in our day to day lives emits CO2 into the atmosphere. That means that even making small changes in what we do, or how we do it, can have a positive impact in preventing the onset of climate change. Collectively we can make a difference. Don't leave your good environmental habits at home - take them into the office too. Take public transport to work or walk rather than take your car, or share car journeys with colleagues. Turn off appliances, equipment and lights off when you've finished

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