Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming and Climate Change

The sun’s rays penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere and, in turn, the planet radiates heat (infrared radiation; IR) back out into space. Fortunately, the so called ‘greenhouse gases’ (largest atmospheric molecules) dampen this process; otherwise, Earth would be a ‘giant snowball’. However, when vast amounts of previously sequestered carbon is released thru the burning of fossil fuels, nature’s balance is skewed. The result is an amplified greenhouse effect which will increasingly change our climate as greenhouse gases accumulate.

Greenhouse Effect:

Global Warming:

Climate Change: