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The Greenhouse Effect Essay

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Global warming, also known as the greenhouse effect, has been a trending topic in the recent years, but global warming has been around for a long time. Earth has warmed at a high rate over the last hundred years and particularly over the last two decades. Burning large amounts of fossil fuels; coal, oil, natural gas is a root cause of global warming. The greenhouse effect are gases in our atmosphere that hold in heat, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. “They maintain an average temperature on Earth of 59°F,” according to the book “an inconvenient truth, the crisis of global warming” by Al Gore. Burning releases heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere. The gases, especially CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), act like a blanket that retains heat and restricts the rate at which Earth’s surface can radiate heat to space. Another factor is deforestation; when forests are cut down or burned, they can no longer store carbon, and the carbon is released to the atmosphere. The result is global warming. Today, current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are higher than at any time during the last 100,000 years.

Why does this topic interests me? Because humans play a big role on global warming. Everyone we know has helped cause global warming and has been affected by it. Think about it for a minute. You wake up, brush your teeth, flush the toilet, consumed a breakfast meal, drive to work or school, drive back home, flush the toilet, wash your hands, consume dinner, take a shower, and then sleep. It seems like a lot of steps to your day but you for you its just a normal day. Lets say brushing your teeth is 1 gallon per minute and you take 2 minutes so total 5 minutes seems fair. Lets say when you take a shower you waste 2 gallons per minute and you take ten minutes to be fair, to take a shower. Lets say when you wash your hands or face its one gallon and you washed your hands or face 4 times. Lets say you flush the toilet 3 times per day and its 2 gallons per flush. In just one day you already used 25 gallons! Multiply that by 7, and you use 175 gallons per week. And I was being pretty modest, considering that we also drink water and have other usages for water. You just affected global warming by wasting all that water. You may not realize it but global warming affects you when you use too much water by giving you a big water bill. Unfortunately, fresh water is limited and if there was unlimited fresh water you would probably not a get water bill. By the way, water is not the only thing we waste. Lets step out of the box for a second, you are a small fraction of Earth’s population. Earth’s population is 7 billion plus! If that doesn’t make you feel small think about this, salt water oceans make up 71% of the Earth’s surface, which the other 29% made up of the Earth’s continents and islands. 2.5% of all water on Earth is freshwater. 69% of fresh water is from frozen polar ice caps and glaciers. If that doesn’t make you feel tiny compare to the...

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