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Well.. The greenhouse effect is the natural process by which
the atmosphere traps some of the Sun's energy, warming the Earth
enough to support life as we know it!
When humans cut down trees or burn fossil fuels, they release
extra carbon into the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse
effect. Mass deforestation around the world at an unprecedented
rate is making the problem worse year by year.
Unfortunately, due to this climate change the earth is getting
warmer as temperatures at the Earth's surface have increased by
an estimated 1.4* F (0.8* C) between 1900 and 2005. The past
decade was the hottest of the past 150 years and perhaps the
past millennium. The hottest 22 years on record have occurred
since 1980, and 2005 was the hottest on record.
The Kyoto Protocol on cutting carbon dioxide emissions,
believed to be the key cause of global warming, expires in 2012
and does not require major developing nations to make
reductions. In addition, the US has rejected it. Increasing car
usage around the world is leading to carbon dioxide emissions
increasing not decreasing. As incomes rise in India and China,
they are obviously looking at car ownership as a status symbol
and the benefits that it brings. With nearly 2.5 billion between
these 2 countries, this increased car ownership could cancel out
any gains made in the West through reducing factory and car
Scientists and those in the know predict that climate-induced
floods, rising sea levels, more frequent and intense hurricanes,
famine, drought and conflict could also reverse recent gains in
reducing poverty around the world and that the USA and UK will
be affected by all or some of the above.
Climate change presents a significant challenge to the UK and
to the international community. Recent Climate Change
Conferences in Montreal and the G8 and the Gleneagles Summit
have attempted to co-ordinate the international response to
There are also enormous opportunities if we are willing to take
action. Government, business and individuals all have a part to
play, and all of us will benefit from rising to the challenge of
reducing the harm to the environment.
While some of the effects of climate change may be positive,
such as longer growing seasons in certain countries and longer,
hotter summers in the UK. These positive impacts are unlikely to
be sustained as the globe continues to warm. Similarly, many
developing countries are even more vulnerable to the adverse
impacts of climate change and less able to adapt due to lack of
money and will power.
About the Author: David Oglaza is the founder of the Green and
Ethical business http://www.guidemegreen.com . This growing
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