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Humans: The Major Cause of Global Warming

By Jack Williams

For many years now, global temperature has risen higher and higher and with the discovery
of “Global Warming” scientists around the world began researching the causes that might
contribute with the rise. As scientist study the problem further, they find that a group of gasses
called “Greenhouse Gasses” is largely to blame for the rise in temperature as these gasses help to
trap heat within the earth atmosphere and raise temperatures. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the
world under the auspices of the United Nations concluded there's a better than 95 percent
probability that human-produced greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous
oxide have caused much of the observed increase in Earth's temperatures over the past 50 years.
A study from the testing of ice cores by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Nasa
found that carbon dioxide, a common greenhouse gas, has grown greatly in the past hundred
years. Naturally, the world would go through cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the last
ice age ended 7,000 years ago. Before 1950, carbon dioxide level hadn’t ever before reached past
300 ppm in the past 400,000 years and as of today stand at 400 ppm. When looking at the things
that have happened in the time period where the rise in carbon dioxide has exceeded anything
ever before, we find things like industrialization, deforestation, and an increase in population. All
of these things that have effects on the carbon dioxide levels which then effect the global
temperature. When civilization began industrializing and increases in car uses rose, carbon
dioxide was released into the air. The industrial activities that our modern civilization depends
upon have raised atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 400 parts per
million in the last 150 years. When trees and plants are cut down, so people can put in buildings,
there are less plants that can produce oxygen from carbon dioxide through cellular respiration
and when there are more people giving of carbon dioxide from breathing, plants can’t work fast
enough.
While many people might think global warming is natural, much evidence says
otherwise. The alignment with industrialization and carbon dioxide levels and just too perfect to
be a coincidence and if argue that it would just be another natural rise in temperature studies
show that the current carbon dioxide levels are higher than any other in the past 650,000 years
and some of the hottest ever recorded years have happened in the last 50 years. Also, some may
say a change in the energy from the sun might be the cause, but data says since 1750, the average
energy from the sun has remained mostly constant and scientist have seen a cooling in the upper
atmospheres. Global warming is a human caused event.
Global warming is a problem and even though it might affect us to the point of where
living becomes hard now, it will. Ice around the world is melting, Antarctica lost about 152 cubic
of ice between 2002 and 2005 and satellite observations reveal that the amount of spring snow
cover in the Northern Hemisphere has also decrease in the past 5 years, these two factors have
led to a global sea level rise of about 8 inches in the last 100 years, and the rate has increased in
the past 10. The number of extreme heat events have also increased and since the beginning of
the industrial revolution, the surface of ocean waters has increased in acidity by 30%. These
drastic changes show that the rise in carbon dioxide levels causes terrible things for the
environment and must be treated.
One way our industrial ways could be treated so they lessen the impact of carbon dioxide
on the environment is more into solar or a clean and natural electricity generating process. Today
many places have things such as solar panels or dams that generate electricity. We could also
plant more trees and place which would help lower carbon dioxide levels. Also, people could do
simple small things like carpooling or simply driving less. There are so many things that can help
to lower greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.
Works Cited

“Climate Change Evidence: How Do We Know?” NASA, NASA, 4 Apr. 2018,

climate.nasa.gov/evidence/.

Souney, Joe, and UNH. “Sample Access.” Use & Sample Access - NSF Ice Core Facility,

icecores.org/use/index.shtml.