Our Responsibility Towards Nature

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  2. March 9, 2013 8:53 pm

Our Responsibility Towards Nature

The majority of people you meet on a daily basis are aware of the fact that the greenhouse gas effect does not bode well for the future of this planet. However, few are certain of what is actually happening on the earth when this term is being put to use. The greenhouse gas effect is actually a natural process, although, it can present a huge problem when we as humans contribute to the effects that it is capable of producing. The heat of the sun in the form of radiation is being captured in the lower portion of the earth’s atmosphere. As a result, the temperature of the earth is maintained. Greenhouse gases are those chemicals that contribute to the process of retaining this heat. Such gases include methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and water vapor.

The problems begin to occur when we add excess chemicals to the atmosphere that will trap more heat than would normally occur in our absence. For example, burning fossil fuels adds to the level of carbon monoxide, thus trapping more radiant heat from the sun and increasing the temperature of the earth. The more severe the greenhouse gas effect, the hotter the surface of the earth will become. Rising global temperatures can seem subtle at first, but it only takes an average rise of a few degrees across the globe to cause some major damage.

As the heat increases we will see changes in the temperatures of the oceans. These changes can alter patterns in major currents which will increase the severity of storms making their way inland. Flooding is also a major concern. The rising heat is melting away the polar ice caps, causing the sea level to rise. The influx of cold water from the melting glaciers also contributes to changing the currents in the ocean. On land, the rising temperatures will make it more difficult to maintain the crops we depend upon for our food supply. Especially arid regions that already experience high temperatures year-round will feel this effect the most severely.

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