Global Warming: Is It A Serious Issue?

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Global Warming: Is It A Serious Issue?
A little girl is playing outside in a T-shirt and shorts. A slight red glow is starting to appear on her cheeks. As people are reading this statement, they are picturing a child during spring. In reality, it is only November 19th. The world’s temperatures are increasing yearly due to global warming. We need to take immediate action to slow this cause.

Global warming is becoming a major issue in our environment in the last couple of years. Global warming is a gradual increase in the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere. This is caused by the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is when greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and nitrous oxide) trap heat and light from the sun inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Sunlight shines onto the Earth's surface, where it is absorbed and then radiates back into the atmosphere as heat. The greenhouse gases trap some of the heat and the rest escapes back into space. But the more gases in the atmosphere results in more heat trapped in Earth. Their levels are higher now than in the last 650,000 years. [1]

These gases are produced not only by natural causes but also by us. In everyday life, we are increasing the Greenhouse effect. One of the gases that aids in the greenhouse effect is Carbon Dioxide. We create CO2 by burning of fossil fuels, namely oil, natural gas and coal, both in stationary power plants and by hydrocarbon-powered vehicles. C02 is also created by burning solid wood products and tress. [2]

We ask ourselves, “Why should we care about global warming when we have our own little set of problems to worry about?” We are seeing several effects happening. Glaciers are beginning to melt, wildlife is being put at sake, and a considerable amount of changes in the amount and pattern of precipitation are occurring. [1]

Even though humans are adding to this problem, global warming is a natural cause and is somewhat helpful. The greenhouse effect has been...