"Human activities are increasingly altering the Earth's climate.... It is virtually certain that increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will cause global surface climate to be warmer. The unprecedented increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, together with other human influences on climate over the past century and those anticipated for the future, constitute a real basis for concern."
What Is Global Warming?
Global warming refers to a long-term rise in global average temperature. Morespecifically, the ongoing rise in temperature that started a century ago and isbelieved to be caused mainly by pollution from human activities, including theburning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Rising temperatures have alreadyresulted in an increase in extreme weather events, loss of sea ice and glaciers,rising sea level, and harm to wildlife. But it is not too late to take action. Asharp reduction of greenhouse gas pollution would significantly slow global warming and reduce the likelihood of dangerous and irreversible impacts.
The Greenhouse Effect is what keeps Earth warm enough for people to live on,but a build-up in the gases that produce this warmth is overheating our planetand causing global warming.