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Running Head: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE Global Warming and Climate Change Name Institution Instructor Course Date 2 GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE Global Warming and Climate Change Climate change refers to the long-term and drastic changes to the atmospheric conditions caused by natural causes such as volcanic actions or anthropogenic activities. Despite the two being the causes of climate change, anthropogenic activities that release greenhouse gases such as methane, carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons and nitrous oxide among others have been considered as the major causes of global warming resulting to climate change that has devastating effects to the economy, societies and the environment (Team et al., 2007). Although these gases are harmful in high concentrations, their presence in the atmosphere is essential in supporting life on earth. Anthropogenic activities have increased the concentrations of these gases beyond the recommended standards. With the increase and specifically of carbon dioxide concentration, a blanket is formed in the atmosphere that traps the heat preventing it from being reemitted into the outer atmosphere resulting in global warming and consequently climate change. Moreover, these gases destroy the ozone layer which shields the earth’s surface from the harmful ultraviolet rays that cause warming and also health impacts to humans (Philander, 2008). Fig 1.Graph showing the increase in carbon concentrations in the atmosphere adopted ...
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