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Evidence of Global Warming

Monday, August 27, 2007

What's the big deal with global warming? Global warming refers to the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation.

An increase in global temperatures is expected to cause other changes, including sea level rise, increased intensity of extreme weather events, and changes in the amount and pattern of precipitation. Other effects include changes in agricultural yields, glacier retreat, species extinctions and increases in the ranges of disease vectors.


So how did this happen? Water vapour, carbon-dioxide and methane form a natural blanket of air around the Earth. However, the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation has led to a massive increase in the amount of carbon-dioxide released into the atmosphere. We are also releasing larger quantities of other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide.


The surface of the earth is heated by the sun. As it warms up, it reflects heat back into the atmosphere.


About 70% of the sun's energy is radiated back into space. But some of the infrared radiation is trapped by greenhouse gases, which warm the atmosphere, and reflect heat back down to Earth.


As a result of the greenhouse effect, the Earth is kept warm enough to make life possible. But some scientists say that increased emissions of greenhouse gases are disturbing the balance of this complex system, causing global warming. In the last 100 years, the average global temperature has increased by about 0.4 to 0.8° C.

Evidence? Here's we go... temperature chart over the last century;


... and here's the temperature change;


... drill down chart by northern and southern hemishpere over the same period;



still don't get it?! I bet you will understand this graphical representation...



haha!

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posted by Ivan Choe, 7:25 pm

3 Comments:

you've said all that and finally it's supposed to be a joke? :)
commented by Blogger zewt, 8/27/2007 08:30:00 pm

 

it's jokeducation! haha... thanks for reading it though..
commented by Blogger Ivan, 8/27/2007 09:03:00 pm

 

I think the last picture is all we ever need to know.
commented by Anonymous KH, 9/01/2007 10:25:00 pm

 

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