Global Warming

By: Kailey Bevins

Global Warming is the gradual increase in the overall temperature of earth's atmosphere. The pattern of global warming includes the effect of greenhouse gases that  are emitted by humans. When scientists began to study Global Warming, they found that there are several different greenhouse gases - and humans produce them in a variety of ways.

Most of these greenhouse gases come from the burning of fossil fuels in cars, factories, and electricity production. More specifically, the gas that is mostly responsible for global warming is CO2 or otherwise known as Carbon Dioxide. Some of the other gas contributors to global warming are methane released from landfills, nitrous oxide from fertilizers, and gases used for industrial processes.

Different greenhouse gases have very different heat trapping abilities. Some of them can even trap more heat than carbon dioxide. For example, a molecule of methane produces 20 times the warming of a molecule of carbon dioxide. Another example is that nitrous oxide is 300 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. Some other gases even have heat trapping potential thousands of times as powerful as carbon dioxide.

One way that we can help to prevent and control global warming is to stop burning so many fossil fuels! We need to use renewable energy sources, such as wind power (in the picture above) and other renewable resources.

And if you're wondering just why we should stop global warming, then I'll tell you. Global warming can cause many problems for us humans. Those problems include huge weather storms such as hurricanes and tornados (ones way worse than normal!). Just as well, it can cause environmental destruction. Global warming melts ice sheets in the Arctic. And at a very high rate too! As a result of this, oceans are rising. Rising ocean levels are going to eventually lead to massive destruction and economic failure to many population centers around the world.

Therefore, I think that we should stop global warming using the suggestions above. And hundreds of thousands of people agree with me! Yet, our nations and our worlds leaders have done nothing to stop it. Why are we all still destroying something so beautiful, our earth? Why are we destroying the greatest gift, other than life, that could've been given to us.

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