The Greenhouse Effect

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The Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse effect occurs when gases such as methane, carbon dioxide,

nitrogen oxide and CFCs trap heat in the atmosphere by acting as a pane of

glass in a car. "The glass" lets the sun light in to make heat but when the

heat tries to get out the gases absorb the heat. Holding this heat in causes

heat waves, droughts and climate changes which could alter our way of


The main gases that cause the greenhouse effect are water vapor, carbon

dioxide (CO2), and methane which comes mainly from animal manure.

Other gases like nitrogen oxide and man made gases called

chloroflurocarbons get caught in the atmosphere as well. The decay of

animals and respiration are two main but natural sources of carbon dioxide.

In my opinion we people of the whole world should try and slow down the

emmission of greenhouse gases and/or find ways to balance the gases so the

climate doesn't change so rapidly.

If it did we would be forced to adapt to

the new climate that we brought upon our selves. If we had a international

cooperation to put a damper on the production of chloroflurocarbons and

slowed down the use of fossil fuels it would dramatically slow down the

process of 'global warming.'

Over the last 100 years the global temperatures have been increasing slowly

but steadily. Since 1980 the temperature has risen 0.2 degrees C (0.4 degrees F

) each decade. Scientists predict that if we continue putting the same

amount of gas into the atmosphere by the year 2030 the temperature will be

rising as much as 0.5 degrees C (0.9 degrees F ) or more per decade. Over all

the global temperature could rise anywhere from 5 to 9...