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What is Global warming – A Beginners Guide!

Global warming has been a buzzword in the media and politics for some time now with many famous faces jumping on the bandwagon asking us to change our ways before it’s all too late. But with all the news stories and scientific reports flying around the basics are often overlooked.

So what exactly is global warming?


Global warming is simply a rise in the temperature of the earths atmosphere.
The IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control) concluded that it is mankind and our burning of fossil fuels and deforestation that has been the main contributor the rise (one degree Fahrenheit since 1900) But they have also observed that natural phenomena such as volcanoes and solar radiation have added to the warming.

The climate panels latest report predicts that the climate could rise by a further 3 to 9% by 2100, if our carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase. So climate change is not going to just disappear and the situation is likely to get much more severe unless we act quickly and in a coordinated manner.

Why is the earths atmosphere increasing in temperature?


Well the greenhouse gases that our fossil fuels and other pollutions create are staying within the earths atmosphere and trapping inside heat that would normally escape. This trapped heat is then warming the planets lower atmosphere and surface. The result of this is a change in the earths climate, which although it doesn’t sound that serious could have a devastating effect on this planet. We have seen a steady increase in sea levels, there have also been an increasing number of extreme weather events, with an increase in droughts, heat-waves, hurricanes & coastal flooding, etc…

But this is just the start! If we continue adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at our current rate, the climate could rise in temperature by a further 3 to 9% which would have a much more severe impact on people and places than we are currently seeing. This is why Governments and big business have started taking global warming seriously.

An increase in temperature of these amounts could lead to an increase in Flooding and droughts, more extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes and tsunamis, coral reef bleaching and disease would have the ability to spread with greater ease.

Climate Doomsday


There has also been a very disturbing report recently published in the science journal “Nature” about how global warming could potentially trigger a climate doomsday by releasing the 10,000 gigatons of methane gas that are currently frozen in the worlds deep oceans and permafrost (as a greenhouse gas methane is about 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.0 If this report is correct and these methane deposits are released we could see the temperature change rapidly by tend of degrees.

But if we are to combat global warming successfully, everyone needs to start working together. Not just governments, but each of us can also have a positive impact by recycling, buying eco friendly products, driving less and supporting the drive for renewables.

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  • Anonymous on July 24 2011 said:
    18 The Effect of Global Warming was Global Distrust. 19 The Global Distrust is what Caused its name to change to Climate Change. 20 All the Time Lines show the Ice Increasing as the Sun Dims. 21 The Effect of the Sun CAN NOT be changed by any Effect of Man. 22 These Rules of Cause and Effect can be Broken BY GOD at anytime. 23 The effect of the Butterfly (aka The Butterfly Effect) Caused the Climate to appear to Change. 24 The Effect of the Climate Change was an Ice Age.
  • Anonymous on July 24 2011 said:
    :eek: M_M Said 18 The Effect of Global Warming was Global Distrust. 19 The Global Distrust is what Caused its name to change to Climate Change. 20 All the Time Lines show the Ice Increasing as the Sun Dims. 21 The Effect of the Sun CAN NOT be changed by any Effect of Man. 22 These Rules of Cause and Effect can be Broken BY GOD at anytime. 23 The effect of the Butterfly (aka The Butterfly Effect) Caused the Climate to appear to Change. 24 The Effect of the Climate Change was an Ice Age.
  • Anonymous on August 10 2011 said:
    Did anyone notice that the writer of the global warming article said that greenhouse gases are lighter than air. What exactly is air in this article? Oxygen? Nitrogen? Carbon Dioxide? Methane? Really, did the writer ever study Earth science or just read the standard global warming jargon. Plants, by the way, thrive in warm humid environments filled with carbon dioxide. And if carbon dioxide is so light that it all goes high into the atmosphere to create a greenhouse effect, then all the plants on earth would be dead and us along with them. Who even said carbon dioxide gas was effective at traping radiant heat. Clouds are very effective insulators not carbon gas.

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