Discuss the causes and effects of global warming. What measures need to be taken to control global warming?
Global warming is defined as an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s surface.
Causes of global warming: Global warming occurs as a result of the increased concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapour. These gases trap solar radiations released back by the Earth. This helps in keeping our planet warm and thus, helps in human survival. However, an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases can lead to an excessive increase in the Earth’s temperature, leading to global warming. Global warming is a result of industrialization, burning of fossil fuels, and deforestation.
Effects of global warming: Global warming is defined as an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s surface. It has been observed that in the past three decades, the average temperature of the Earth has increased by 0.6ºC. As a result, the natural water cycle has been disturbed resulting in changes in the pattern of rainfall. It also changes the amount of rain water. Also, it results in the melting of Polar ice caps and mountain glaciers, which has caused a rise in the sea level, leading to the inundation of coastal regions.
Control measures for preventing global warming:
(i) Reducing the use of fossil fuels
(ii) Use of bio-fuels
(iii) Improving energy efficiency
(iv) Use of renewable source of energy such as CNG etc.
(vii) Recycling of materials