Global warming

in Environmental Pollution Studies

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780853239239
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846313035 | DOI:
Global warming

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This chapter discusses global warming as a result of the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is the mechanism whereby the sun's rays reaches the atmosphere and the gas layer allows short-wave solar radiation to pass through and warm the earth's surface. The gases responsible for causing the greenhouse effect are carbon dioxide, water vapour, methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). When the levels of these greenhouse gases increase, the overall temperature of the earth will increase. The chapter also presents some arguments about global warming and its impact on climate and agriculture.

Keywords: greenhouse effect; global warming; solar radiation; climate; agriculture

Chapter.  2402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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