What is the Greenhouse Effect?

The phenomenon known as greenhouse effect emerges from the capacity of specific gases found in the planet’s atmosphere to naturally retain heat that is reflected from the Earth’s surface, and in doing so insulate and warm the planet to a desirable temperature. In absence of the thermal blanketing of the natural greenhouse effect, the Earth’s over all temperature would be about 59°F or 33°C cooler making the climate too cold for most living things to survive.

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The greenhouse effect has been providing adequate warmth to the Earth for a period of over 4 billion years. Nowadays, scientists and experts around the world are becoming more and more concerned that countless human activities have been negatively changing this natural process with potentially harmful results.

Since the 1700s, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, people have thought up and conceived of many inventions that use up fossil fuels and or carbon based fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. The greenhouse effect has provided the planet with warmth for over a period of over 4 billion years.

Currently, experts and scientists alike are becoming more and more concerned that human activities may significantly be changing this natural process, with possibly harmful consequences. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, humans have thought up and conceived of a number of inventions that burn fossil and or carbon based fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.

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The burning of fossil fuels, along with other environmentally harmful activities like clearing of forested lands for urban settlements and agriculture, produces the same gases that are responsible for retaining heat in the planet’s atmosphere. These gases include methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. These naturally occurring gases have been increasing to levels above that of any time other period for at least 650 thousand years.

As these gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, so does the temperature and over all climate of the earth as they would trap more and more heat around the earth’s surface. Experts around the globe refer to this unnatural heating effect a global warming which is held accountable for many of the major environmental shifts happening around the world.

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