What is the Greenhouse Effect?

greenhouse effectGlobal warming or climate change is a result of the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is caused by the absorption of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. It has become one of the most serious challenges for modern society. The earth’s atmosphere traps heat near the earth’s surface causing an increase in the earth’s temperature. This warmer atmosphere can cause further climate change that can further aggravate problems such as droughts and super volcanoes. Extreme weather events also are made worse due to this greenhouse effect.

There are many factors that cause greenhouse gas emissions. Increase in use of fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, and natural gas, burning of fossil fuels like oil and gas, and modification in human activities like deforestation and increased use of agricultural products like fertilizers and pesticides all are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The main greenhouse gases in the Earths atmosphere are carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxides, ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s). These greenhouse gases have many consequences like global warming, climate change, climate extremes, insect outbreaks, and global food shortage. They are also the cause of increased air pollution and acid rain.

Increased greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause for climate change by trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere. Scientists have demonstrated that increased greenhouse gases over the last century are one of the leading contributors to climate change. Rapid heating of the earth’s atmosphere is known as the greenhouse effect. One of the results of this warming is global warming or climate change.

Global warming has become one of the major issues of discussion around the world. The main aim behind this is to reduce the carbon footprint of human beings. One way of doing this is by being more ecologically aware. Man made products, the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and other forms of energy conservation are all important in reducing greenhouse emissions. There are many ways to do it, but one way is to use a greenhouse to trap heat so that you do not feel the coldness of the winter season.

The greenhouse effect is further enhanced by our activities. All the activity that we do at home, office, on a car, etc., end up with releasing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. It has been calculated that an average car will release about 11 tonnes of carbon emissions during its lifetime. Using an efficient hybrid car can help in reducing these emissions. A hybrid car is a combination of car and a green house, which make the use of solar panels and other renewable energy resources to store energy and minimize emission of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse effect is further aggravated by human activity. By using the earth’s natural processes such as carbon dioxide absorption, plants can photosynthesize, thus reducing carbon dioxide emission and warming. This process requires water for evaporation and is facilitated by sunlight. So, by planting trees, we are doing our part in mitigating the greenhouse effect.