Causes of Global Warming
There are numerous causes of global warming, each of which contributes to the increasing intensity of the effects that climate change has on our planet.
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The main cause of global warming is the increase of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. This creates what is known as the greenhouse effect which heats the earth by reducing the level of solar rays that are able to escape from our atmosphere.
Although the greenhouse effect is essentially a vital factor in supporting life on earth by keeping our atmosphere warm enough to support life, human activities are contributing to the quantity of greenhouse gases providing an artificial increase in the intensity of the greenhouse effect.
One of the key causes of global warming is pollution caused as a result of transportation. The use of aviation, public transport (buses, trains, taxis) and personal transport (cars, motorbikes etc) are all on the increase as our population increases.
Increasing transportation use is a cause of global warming due to emissions produced from planes, trains and everyday vehicles. These emissions are adding to the level of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere increasing the intensity of the greenhouse effect. Technologies are constantly been developed and improved to allow for increasingly efficient engines which will have a positive impact in reducing greenhouse emissions as a result of transportation.
Energy production is another key cause of global warming. Coal, oil and gas power plants burn energy sources in order to drive turbines generating electricity. As the worlds energy demand rises, increasing amounts of emissions will be added to the greenhouse effect increasing the intensity of global warming. With increasing investment in technologies making use of solar, wind, geothermal and hydro related energy sources, the effect that energy production has on global warming can be reduced.
Increasing deforestation is having a negative impact as a cause of global warming as trees help to absorb carbon dioxide which reduces the intensity of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. As we harvest more of these trees, the capacity for this process decreases resulting in more greenhouse gases building up in our atmosphere. With the introduction of sustainable construction methods and materials we can greatly reduce the impact this process has on global warming.
There are many man-made and natural causes of global warming, however through combined commitment in making uses of sustainable resources and technologies, we can greatly reduce the impact the causes of global warming may have on the earth in future years.
- Written by James Bratley