AP Environmental Science
In the article “Earth’s water cycle, over Carbon Dioxide, cause of Global Warming” by Steve Goreham mentions the topic of the water cycle, one of the earth cycles we are currently learning about in. According to The Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that “radiative forcing from human-emitted CO₂ is the leading driver of climate change”. On the other hand, earth’s climate is made up of water, not carbon dioxide. The water cycle has lots of energy flows that “shape earth’s climate, temperature trends, and surface features”. Oceans have 250 the mass of the atmosphere, therefore can hold much more heat energy. The theory of “man-made warming assumes a positive feedback from water vapor, forced by human emissions of greenhouse gases”. If anything, carbon dioxide plays a minor role in global warming, while the water cycle dominates this change.
Therefore, since the water cycle is a natural process that we (as far as I know) don’t have the tools to alter, there isn’t much of a solution to climate change. Although, as mentioned, carbon dioxide does have a minor role, so we could decrease its emissions from human mechanical processes, such as from cars. The use of electric cars worldwide would decrease carbon emissions drastically. Electricity itself can be a carbon emitter too; the combustion of fossil fuels to generate it is the largest single source of CO₂ emissions in the country. Many other industrial emissions
Personally, I found this article very interesting. There are thousands if not millions of articles out there talking about climate change, but this one shows a cause that I have never seen so elaborated. Scientists are always talking about how carbon dioxide from man-made emissions causing global warming. I now know that Mother Nature herself just decides when she wants certain temperatures to go from the Tropics to the Polar...
Cited: 1. Gorham, Steve. "Earth’s Water Cycle, over Carbon Dioxide, Cause of Global Warming." Communities Digital News. N.p., 24 Sept. 2014. Web. 11 Oct. 2014.
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