Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Greenhouse And Its Effects

Global warming and the greenhouse effects are two ideas that are always tied together. It is commonly thought that the greenhouse effect is a direct result of global warming.

When you look deeper into it, you'll find out that the greenhouse effect is a different problem all together. It is both a cause and an effect of man's disregard to Mother Nature.

The greenhouse effect is the process where heat and gases are trapped in the earth's atmosphere causing an increase in the earth's temperature. Because there are too much greenhouse gases on the earth's atmosphere, more heat is trapped on the earth's surface. The accumulation of too much heat affects the earth in many ways. Here are some of the results of the greenhouse effect.

Melting of ice caps and glaciers

When ice caps and glaciers melt, it will raise the sea levels in alarming heights. If ice continues to melt through the coming years, there is a danger that some islands may be well under water a few years from now.

According to studies, the melting of ice caps can have an effect on the ecosystem. When these ices melt and go into the ocean, it will make the ocean less salty than it should be. Desalinization of bodies of water will have an effect on ocean current and temperature.

As the ice melt in the arctic area, the place will get warmer and some species living there might be endangered because of the sudden rise in temperature and other changes in the environment. To top it all off, when ice caps are gone, the effects of global warming may double, if not triple. Ice caps help make the earth cooler. With them gone, there wouldn't be anything more to cool the earth's temperature and global warming would worsen.

Climate Change

The earth follows some weather patterns. With the greenhouse effect, the climate patterns of the earth may change. There may be greater and longer periods of rainfalls or longer periods of drought.

For the past years, a number of hurricanes and typhoons had caused too much destruction on different areas like Northern America and Asia. Who would even forget about Hurricane Katrina that caused billions of damages in the United States and Ketsana that took many lives and dreams of Asians.

Droughts and heat waves would also increase in frequency and intensity. Right now, problems of drought are already severe in some areas of the world like Africa. It can still get worse because of global warming.

Diseases

Because of rapid climate changes, there is a great possibility for development of various new diseases and worsening of known diseases. This will not only be because of rapid climate changes but it may also be because of migration of different species to areas that are suitable to them.

Animals would migrate to areas where they are comfortable living. If changes in their ecosystem happen, they'll find a new place to live in. There are chances that as they travel, they will bring with them illnesses and cause the spread of plagues and transfer of diseases to human beings.

There is still something that can be done to alleviate global warming and the greenhouse effect but it will take great efforts to do so. IF we start today, we'll still be able to stop these drastic effects.

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