The Effects of Greenhouse Gases that Lead to Global Warming

The surface of the earth interacts with solar radiation and a part of this energy is reflected back into the space by the atmosphere of the earth. A portion of this energy is spread out by the molecules in the environment and a bigger portion goes through the earth’s atmosphere and interacts with the surface of the earth. The earth’s surface then absorbs the amount of radiation resulting in global warming.

This solar radiation interacts with the atmosphere once again as it leaves the earth, and some of them go to the space, but a great amount of this energy is reflected back to the earth’s surface by molecules present in the earth’s atmosphere.

Apart from the unfavorable effects of greenhouse gases in global warming, is there any good thing that they provide?

The molecules that reflect the solar radiation back to earth are called greenhouse gases because they trap re-radiated energy like the glass in a greenhouse, but these gases are also responsible for most life on earth. If not because of these gases, the surface temperature of the earth would likely be much colder.

Greenhouse gases keep the heat in like an insulator or blanket above the earth. When the amount of these gases in the atmosphere is increased, the atmosphere’s ability to block the escape of infrared radiation is also increased resulting in thicker earth’s insulator.

Therefore, a great amount of concentrated greenhouse gases can affect the earth’s climate badly thru global warming. Any amount in excess of the minimum requirement for greenhouse concentration is not suited for human life.

A study revealed that there is human influence in attaining the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Many of the greenhouse gases that include carbon dioxide and methane have long duration of stay in the atmosphere, and it could even take centuries for the atmospheric burden to exist.

The level of all greenhouse gases has been increasing and carbon dioxide has the greatest effect on global warming. The release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere is made much faster due to the works of human beings. Since we are burning billions of tons per year of fossil fuels like oil, coal, natural gas, and their derivatives, then, we are causing the earth’s atmosphere to deteriorate faster. Why is this so?

That’s because the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere through these wanton activities does not evaporate immediately or even over the period of 1 year. In fact, the duration of stay of these greenhouse gases last for decades or even centuries. It clearly means that the CO2 that we emit today has the tendency to affect the climate of the next generations thru global warming.

However, despite this threat of atmospheric deterioration thru global warming, and widespread recognition of this problem, worldwide emissions of fossil fuels continue to rise at a rate of about 1% per year. These emissions are even expected to increase further as the world moves ahead towards greater industrialization.

10 Proven Effective Ways of Preserving the Environment

Preserving the environment can happen anywhere; at home, at work or while enjoying outdoor activities. If you are thinking on where to start best in preserving the environment project, choose your home as top priority as this is the place where you can save a lot of money and at the same time preserving the environment.

Is it necessary to involve the kids in preserving the earth? Involving your kids in this kind of project is favorable because they can learn a lot from their parents about the importance of saving the environment than anywhere else. Certainly, kids want to participate in this kind of activity if they are given the chance.

There are many ways in preserving the environment and we don’t really need modern equipment to do it because in using them, they just add up to the long term bad effects towards the earth. If you want to teach your kids on how to take care of the environment, you need to learn some important ways in preserving the environment that you can pass on to your kids.

Since children usually do not want something to be enforced on them, try to make it appear as fun and excitement as means of preserving the environment. When you start the project at home with the kids, you have to practice some basic principles which will help in attaining a good start.

Then, what are these simple ways in preserving the environment? Always close the tap while brushing your teeth. Don’t forget to turn the lights off after you finish using the room. Practice putting all cans, paper products and plastic containers into the recycling container instead of the trash can.

Begin recycling materials such as plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, clothing and other recyclables. Avoid standing too long in front of the refrigerator while the door is kept open to look for stuff available. We can adopt modern technology in preserving the environment such as ways adaptable for “Green Living” or in simple terms, conserving the earth.

A good example of this is regulating carbon emission from vehicles and some home equipment. Anything that people do involves energy consumption like eating, watering the garden, heating homes and driving cars. Anything people purchase requires manufacturing and shipping that consume energy and produce wastes. Therefore, it’s best to consume less and be sensitive on all your decisions in everyday life that heighten the total human impact on the earth.

Reduce global population by having fewer children. The intense pressure on the use of the earth’s resources is increased by the rising human population which is unfavorable for the earth.

Prefer to have a smaller or hybrid car that consumes less energy. You can support international agreements geared towards limitation of greenhouse gases by reducing your own energy consumption.

Harness your life by purchasing organic food directly from the growers as a way to support small farms and promote biodiversity. This way, you avoid the harmful effects of pesticides spawn on the agricultural products that you buy which is also damaging to the environment of the earth.

Save on the use of water inside and outside your home, especially in the garden. Remember that availability of potable water is becoming an enormous global crisis so in this way, you help in preserving the resources of the earth.

Stop The World and Let Me Off

We keep spinning and spinning. It is interminable. We spin around on this globe, which itself is hurtling through the air spinning around the sun. The we have a sun which itself is not stationary, but spins its own course, with the other solar systems around the center of the Galaxy. This particular galaxy, our milky way, also rotates and moves toward some unseen end, farther and farther from its brother galaxies. Its all about spinning and movement with this universe. Constant and unstoppable.

So, what would happen if it all just stopped?

You have undoubtedly heard someone use the phrase, mentioned as the title, “Stop the world and let me off!” It is usually uttered in time of stress and literally means, “I want out of this situation!” Whatever situation that is the current stressor. But I believe that the stress would be amped unimaginably if the world really did stop in its rotation and let someone off at their command.

Why does the Earth rotate? I have read a lot on the issue and the consensus seems to be initial angular momentum. Now to explain that. Every body in the universe is spinning at some rate, or has some amount of angular momentum (six of one a half dozen of the other.) when our solar system was a dense, matter-packed cloud it had a very slow spin. However, as that cloud collapsed its spin increased. Why? Well lets take a simple example. A skater starts a spin with arms extended. This has a relatively slow spin rate, but as the skater (I would have used the pronoun she here, but that would have been sexist) raises their arms the rate of spin increases. When the arms are fully extended, the skater has reached aver quick maximum velocity. Okay back to the solar system as this dense, light year across cloud, with a slow rate of spin collapsed (i.e., the over all radius decreased) the spin of the individual bodies within it increased. And thus we have the very fast rate of spin of our Earth.

Another interesting fact is that the Earth continues to spin. Why doesn’t it stop the same way that spinning things cease here on Earth. In space there is very little resistance (we could say none, but that would probably be inaccurate.) So little resistance in fact as to be immeasurable. Therefore when something is set spinning, as was above explained, it has nothing to stop it. Here on Earth something would need constant encouragement to spin indefinitely. There would have to be some type of motor. In space you don’t have to have Atlas spinning the Earth like a basketball, and constantly resupplying the motive force. One initial push is enough.