CO2 In The Atmosphere Essay

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CO2 In The Atmosphere



Carbon dioxide has been rising in the atmosphere throughout time. Recently though, the
levels of carbon dioxide have been increasing at a more alarming rate. The cause of this
is a direct result of man’s burning of fossil fuels. We know that every action we make, as
humans, will have some effect on the environment around us and those effects can be either
good or bad. The rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may potentially inflict
some negative effects on our environment.

The termed used to describe the rise in CO2 in the atmosphere is the greenhouse effect.
Major greenhouse gasses include carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane. Greenhouse
gasses collect in the atmosphere and trap solar radiation within the atmosphere. Therefore
as the level of CO2 raises the amount of collected solar radiation will increase as well.
There is a direct correlation with the rise in CO2 in the atmosphere and the rise of the
global temperature. When man burns fossil fuels such as coal or petroleum, CO2 is released
into the atmosphere.

Another problem is “ large-scale deforestation, especially in the tropics, is reducing the
most effective natural CO2 removal process.” (Craig 1996, p.9). The increase in CO2 has
the potential to set off a chain of events that could have a severe impact on our
environment. First the increased CO2 causes an increase in the collection of solar
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