The Effects of Global Warming
May 1, 2014
Effects of Global Warming
Global warming is another word to describe a slow increase of the overall temperature of earth’s atmosphere and waters and it is believed that this change is permanent to the earth’s climate and ecosystem. Global warming is the result of the increasing amounts of greenhouse gas emissions which humans are responsible for; producing these dangerous gases through cars, factories, and electricity. The principal causes of these actions resulting in global warming are methane and carbon dioxide; as carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbon compounds go further up into the atmosphere using up the ozone layer. The ozone layer is a region of the upper atmosphere, between about 15 and 30 kilometers in altitude, containing a relatively high concentration of ozone that absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation.
Global warming has had its maximum effects on the earth’s temperature since the 1880’s, which has been increasing by 1.5 Fahrenheit which has a major impact on other characteristics of the global ecosystems, and it is increasing at a rapid rate. The arctic ice and glaciers are melting; as an outcome polar bears, penguin, seals and other arctic animals are suffering and has been forced to adapt to terrains outside their habitat. The polar bear became the first animal to be added to the Endangered Species Act list of threatened species because of global warming.
Low rainfall and rising temperature could add to the intensity and frequency of dusty storm and the expanse of desert would increase. This in turn will immensely affect the quality of agricultural land, ultimately causing adverse effects on agricultural produce and the supply of food. Warmer temperatures make many crops grow more quickly, but warmer temperatures could also reduce yields. Such products include rice, wheat, corn, and soy, which are also utilized in animal feed; the...