Climate change

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Climate change
  1. climate has fluctuated drastically
    1. each change, sundry species have benefited and flourished, others adapted, faltered, or died
      1. surface air temperature a half degree celsius during this century. If the trend continues, it could alter climate patterns worlwide
        1. global climate depends on combinations of factors interacting in subtle and complex ways that we do not yet fully understand
      1. without our atmosphere, global temperature would be about minus 18°c
        1. the atmosphere, only a fraction of that heat makes it directly back into space
          1. the rest trapped in the lower air layers, wich contain a number of gases
            1. that absorb the outgoing infrared radiation. gases heat up warmth radiates back down to the surface
              1. caused by the predominant greenhouse gas, water vapor
                1. the hotter it gets, the higher the water vapor content of the air, and the greater the greenhouse warming
        1. to project future climate patterns, scientists use computer simulations of the interactions among land, air, water, ice and sunlight
          1. equations representing the know laws of atmospheric physics and ocean circulation
            1. they can provide only a range of projected temperature change
              1. the warming could be one degree c over the next century, or it could be as much as three times greater than that
          1. human activity releases approximately 7 billion metric tons of carbon
            1. every year adding to the 750 billion tons that is already there
              1. 3 billion tons remain in the air, the rest is taken up by terrestrial and marine plants
                1. the ocean remove at least 2 billion tons from the atmosphere each year
                  1. the role of clouds and airbone suspended particles called aerosols
                    1. clouds shade earth´s surface promoting cooling, depending on their altitude, density and other conditions
                      1. also they trap outgoing heat, promoting warming
            2. AS THE WORLD WARMS
              1. warming of the magnitude could also prompt widespread calamity, more water vapor in the air
                1. causing more rainfall worldwide and probably more intense weather generally
                  1. precipitation in any given event will be greater, increased precipitation would be extremely uneven
                    1. heat waves may become more seriousght if the land has less chance to cool overni
                1. a conference in kyoto, japan, in wich the industralized nations agreed in priciple to cut their emmisions of greenhouse gases
                  1. some argue that hasty measures are pointless
                    1. if all greenhouse gas emmisions stopped tomorrow, the planet almost vertainly would continue to warm for several decades because of the gases
                  1. weather is what happens outside your home this morning. climate is what you can expect to happen outside
                    1. SOLAR INPUT
                      1. solar energy hits the upper atmosphere at about the intensity of three 100-watt bulbs per square yard- one third of wich is reflected back into space
                        1. the rest of the energy warms earth and fuels its weather engine
                      2. THE ATMOSPHERE
                        1. absorb heat energy then re-radiate a portion of it back to the surface
                        2. THE OCEANS
                          1. covering 70 percent of earth´s surface, oceans are the chief source of water vapor in the air
                          2. THE WATER CYCLE
                            1. higher air temperatures can mean increased water evaporation and the melting of sea and land ice
                            2. CLOUDS
                              1. the role of clouds is poorly understood, but they are know to both cool earth by reflecting solar energy and warm earth by trapping heat being radiated up from the surface
                              2. ICE AND SNOW
                                1. bright white expanses of ice and snow reflect sunlight back into space, cooling the planet
                                2. LAND SURFACE
                                  1. when solar energy penetrates the land surface it is converted into heat, most of which radiates upwards quickly
                                  2. HUMAN INFLUENCES
                                    1. adding to the mix of greenhouse gases naturally present in the atmosphere, human activities magnify warming effects
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