Saturday, 18 February 2012

Climate Change

Here i will give a brief beginner's description of climate change.

At the start of the industrial revolution we began to require energy to power machines and the easiest way to do this was by burning fossil fuels. The consequences of this were not realised until some years later.


When fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are burnt they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The suns light can penetrate this layer of carbon dioxide as UV rays which in turn warm up the surface of the earth. This infrared heat however cannot escape back out of the atmosphere causing the greenhouse effect. With this heat being trapped continuously over a long time, the average temperatures across the globe start to increase (climate change).

This causes a whole host of problems such as melting of the ice caps, which cause sea levels to rise, which means some countries will be flooded. It forces animals out of their natural habitats and can lead some to extinction having knock on effects on whole ecosystems, including us as we are at the top of the global ecosystem and therefore the most affected.
See: Why Conservation is Important for the Human Race

It is time to make a change.
See: Tips to Go Green to find out what you can do today.

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