Chem Matters: Global Warming
Eboch, Chris. "Global Climate Change: A Reality Check." Chem Matters December 13/January 14 (2013): 9-11. 26 Jan. 2014. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. Review:
his article was written Chris Eboch, who is a science writer, and it was published in the December 2013/January 2014 edition of the Chemistry magazine Chem Matters, a magazine based in Washington DC, USA. The article is called Global Climate change; A reality check and its aim is to inform the public, particularly high school students, about the damaging effects of global warming on the environment. The author firstly talks about the process of global warming, the gases that cause the greenhouse effect leading to global warming. She then retrospectively looks at how we know that human activities have led to increase in greenhouse gases, and supports her claims with studies. The next section talks about the global warming potential, or the potential temperature that the Earth can rise to due to global warming and accelerate the effects of global warming, such as the increasing average level of the sea. She then moves to talk about what each individual can do to lessen the effects of global warming, and talks about the society's need to reduce carbon dioxide emission and the ways in which to do so.
From previous discussions in IB Chemistry classes, I was aware of the process that precedes global warming and how the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere radiate the heat back to the Earth, leading to a rise in the temperature of the Earth. The article also talks about the ways in which to reduce Carbon Dioxide, as it is the main contributor to global warming. The author mentions very basic ways of reducing Carbon Dioxide emission such as having alternative energy sources, which I knew from before. However, the article also mentions carbon sequestration, which is a process in which Carbon Dioxide from coal-fired plants is captured and compressed, greatly reducing...
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