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Global Warming-Carbon Emissions

Environmental Science

***** Warming - Carbon Emissions

For over two decades, the scientific community has been sounding the alarm of a man*****made, global warming of our Earth's lower troposphere. This warming has been accelerating at an unprecedented rate and its effects have been accumulating at a level that can be seen in the recent wea*****r changes and natural catastrophes over the last decade. For examples: the most powerful El Nino ever on record; the hottest European summer in 2004 that killed over 26,000 people; some ***** the worst hurri*****es and flooding, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that devastated New Orleans; not to mention the one out of *****y five species facing extinction because of the effects of greenhouse gases increasing over the last few decades.

The causes of this accelerated global ***** of the earth's atmosphere are both simple and complex. The simple reason is that our *****use of fossil fuels in industrial, affluent, and increasingly populated nations ***** the release of excess effluvia of CO2 into ***** atmosphere ***** affecting the ther*****atic temperature balance ***** the globe. That is the ***** cause. The complex, interrelated ***** have to do with ***** dependence on ********** fossil ***** and the local, regional and national economic interests of a free-market economy that *****s tensions between developed nations (and ***** developed and underdeveloped nations) ***** the special interest groups whose relatively short term economic goals ***** taking precedent over immediate and pressing global concerns. According to the majority of ***** experts on global warming, these complex factors, economic, national and social are impeding what should be an immediate, unified effort of ***** to fashion solutions, ********** it is too late (Johansen, B.E., The Global Warming Desk Reference, 2).

CAUSES OF GLOBAL WARMING

The widespread use of fossil fuels began during the Industrial age when ***** ***** development brought greater financial pr*****it along ***** an increase in human comfort ***** convenience.

The combustion of coal, oil and natural gas has been changing the atmospheric ***** ever since with the increases in carbon dioxide (CO*****), methane, nitrous oxides and o*****r naturally occurr*****g "trace *****" as well as synthetically produced chemicals released ***** the atmosphere. During 1860, human created carbon em*****sions were at about ********** of a gigaton (billion metric tons). This had increased, between 1900 and 1940. to about 1.0 ***** 1.5 giga*****. By 1960, the carbon emissions had passed 3.0 gigatons to m*****e than 8.0 ***** by the ***** 19*****'s. This was a world incre*****se of carbon ***** emissions of 219 percent, or approximately a 7.3 percent increase, annually. Between 1850 and 2000, the human effluvia of CO2 ***** from fossil fuel ***** had increased fifty times over (Johansen, 3).

***** gases are a class of gases that trap heat near the Earth's surface. As they increase in the Earth's atmosphere, ***** extra heat they trap creates global warming. This global warming affects the Earth's climate system and can lead to weather changes through the world. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the

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