Global Warming Facts: Surprising Climate Change Facts
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Facts About Climate Change
Due to industrial revolution, the burning of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil started on a massive scale. This has not only increased greenhouse gases but was also responsible for large scale deaths due to asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Since the industrial revolution in 1700, carbon dioxide level has increased by 34%.
The average temperature will rise by 5.8 degrees by 2100, due to global warming.
Fossil fuels are considered to the most dangerous contributors to global warming. The average consumption of fossil fuels by the United States in the last 30 years has been 80%.
Global warming is causing the colder areas of the world to become hotter, making it more vulnerable to diseases.
The NDRC (National Resources Defense Council) propose the Clean Air Act to cut power plant emissions by 26 percent in the next 7 years.
Global warming is mostly being caused by human activities, mainly due to increasing concentrations of green house gases, according to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report of 2014.
Human-made carbon dioxide continues to increase above levels not seen in hundreds of thousands of years, currently about half of the carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels is not absorbed by ocean and vegetation and remain in the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gases constitute 3% of the atmosphere by volume. It consists of 97% of water vapor and clouds, and remaining being gases like carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide, of which carbon dioxide is the largest amount.
Carbon dioxide forms 0.04% of the atmosphere. The minor gases are more effective greenhouse agents than water vapor and clouds, the latter are overwhelming the effect by their sheer volume and – in the end – are thought to be responsible for 75% of the “Greenhouse effect”.