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Global Warming Essay

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Many people question themselves on one simple question yet full of information that not everyone pays attention to, what is global warming? Many have the concept that global warming is just the planet getting warm within the year and something happening to the ozone layer, right but mostly wrong concept. That's where the confusion and lack of information begins. Our planet Earth has some gases called carbon dioxide and many other that makes the atmosphere (the layer where we live) habitable. What's going on is that the atmosphere is getting more than the right amount of these gasses. We are burning a lot of gas, coal, oil and this is helping the amount of carbon dioxide to increase. Not only ...view middle of the document...

A great deal of interest and concern has risen in recent years over the impact on global temperatures by man. While these may be minor temperature perturbations relative to those caused by the sun, they may result in changes to living conditions which could greatly effect the human population. The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it's already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence.1 This is a truth that not everyone wants to admit, but is happening! Have you ever stop to count how many hurricanes we had in 2005. According with the NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) just to mention a few, one of the most destructive hurricanes was Katrina category 3 when it land on the US coast taking more than 3,000 lives when it reach US coast along without counting the other countries that were affected by this natural disaster. Another one was hurricane Wilma category 5, with winds near 175 mph 2. Hurricane Dennis category 4 with winds between 131-155 mph 3. This is only to mention a few of them without adding the tropical storms.So far in 2005 (as of the first week in November), 23 named storms have formed, with 13 of those becoming hurricanes and 7 of those (Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Maria, Rita, and Wilma, and Beta) designated as 'major'. Of the ten tropical storms, three (Arlene, Cindy and Franklin) were very close to hurricane strength with a maximum sustained wind speed of around 70 mph, as compared to the 74 mph required to designate the storm a hurricane. However, it is important to note that increased tropical cyclone activity does not necessarily translate into an increase in the number of land falling tropical storms or hurricanes. Six of the past 11 years have had one or fewer land falling hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, and there is no long-term trend in the number of land falling hurricanes since 1900.After carbon emissions caused by humans, deforestation is the second principle cause of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Deforestation is responsible for 25% of all carbon emissions entering the atmosphere, by the burning and cutting of about 34 million acres of trees each year. We are losing millions of acres of rainforests each year, the equivalent in area to the size of Italy. The destroying of tropical forests alone is throwing hundreds millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. We are also losing temperate forests. The temperate forests of the world account for an absorption rate of 2 billion tons of carbon annually. In the temperate forests of Siberia alone, the earth is losing 10 million acres per year. About 20% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions come from the burning of gasoline in internal-combustion engines of cars and light trucks (minivans, sport utility vehicles, pick-up trucks, and jeeps).Vehicles with poor gas mileage contribute the most to global warming. For example, according to the E.P.A's 2000 Fuel Economy Guide, a new...

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