THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT

The greenhouse effect is the name given to situation shown in the diagram below. As the amount of greenhouse gases on Earth increase so too will the temperature of the Earth


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WHAT ARE GREENHOUSE GASES?


There are 5 main greenhouse gases

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1) Carbon dioxide

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2) Methane

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3) Nitrous oxide

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4) Fluorinated gases (also known as CFCs)

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5) Water vapour



HOW ARE GREENHOUSE GASES FORMED?


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ATMOSPHERIC LEVELS OF CARBON DIOXIDE

The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been increasing over the last 250 years (since the Industrial revolution)

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Here is a graph showing the predicted amounts of carbon dioxide up to 2050


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SOME INTERESTING WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT

http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/fossil-fuel-and-atmospheric-levels-of-carbon-dioxide.aspx#axzz2g1y2xeDG

http://www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/climate/information-and-resources/clivar/greenhouse

http://epa.gov/climatestudents/basics/today/greenhouse-effect.html