Atmospheric Issues (Sci 275 Week 5 Assignment)

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Atmospheric Issues
Kristin Barker
SCI 275
University of Phoenix
03/31/2013
April Croxton

The following paper is meant to inform you about a serious threat facing the world today. This threat is known as Global Warming and has been a controversial topic which has been making headlines across the world in recent years. Throughout this paper we will discuss the possible causes and effects of Global Warming and the ways we can work to prevent them. According to Google definitions, Global Warming is “a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants” ("Global Warming", 2013). One cause that is not mentioned in the definition of Global Warming is Urbanization. Urbanization is defined as the physical growth of urban areas as a result of rural migration and even suburban concentration into cities, particularly the very largest ones ("Urbanization", 2013). With population increases come more buildings, roads, cars, and pollution. Each of these has their own effect on Global Warming. When a city expands, more houses and buildings are built to meet the demands of new residents and business that are moving into a location. In order to construct new building, heavy vehicles are needed to clear land and begin construction. These heavy vehicles emit CO2 into the atmosphere. CO2 is a greenhouse gas which is part of the greenhouse effect that causes Global Warming. The greenhouse effect is the process by which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by gases in the atmosphere warm a planet's lower atmosphere and surface ("Global Warming", 2013). In addition, new buildings cause indoor pollutants that are released through air vents, open doors, and open windows. These pollutants include formaldehyde (H2CO) from carpet and plywood, as well as, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paint and solvents...
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