What is the Greenhouse Effect?

What is the Greenhouse Effect? It’s a natural process that occurs when the warmth and energy of the sun is trapped in the earth’s atmosphere. Because the earth’s atmosphere is warmed, the surface gets warmer too. Greenhouse gases trap the suns energy and as a result, the greenhouse effect takes place. This can result in climate change, which is something we have all seen in our lifetime.

What is the greenhouse effect doing to us?


The greenhouse effect is slowly but surely warming the planet we call home. We now experience wetter and warmer weather, and the global temperature is on average 2 degrees warmer than it was just a few years ago. This may be considered to be a good thing if you’re partial to warmer climates, but at the same time the temperature rise is causing polar ice caps to melt.

How this affects us

When a polar ice cap starts to melt, the depth of the sea rises. This means that there is more potential for flooding, and it’s this that could lead to many fatalities and catastrophes. In addition, when a polar ice cap melts, the wildlife that calls that part of the world their home are also affected. They can no longer find enough places to live, to find food and to survive. This can potentially have a devastating effect on the whole eco system.

What are the causes of global warming?

Toxic gases produced by manufacturing companies have a huge impact on global warming. Our energy usage also has an impact too, as do our everyday lives. For many years the human race has taken advantage of the earth’s finite resources, without realizing the impact.

When you see pictures of the industrial revolution for example, you notice that the skies are full of smoke and other gases. Smoke etc. from industrial buildings filled and warmed the atmosphere. In fact at the beginning of the industrial revolution things were so bad that the air became almost unbreathable. This was because people did not yet realize the full impact of what they were doing, and they had no knowledge that their actions could significantly harm the earth’s atmosphere.

What is the greenhouse effect going to do?

If we do not look after our planet, the greenhouse effect is going to get worse. When people ask “What is the greenhouse effect going to do?” they are often surprised at the answer. The greenhouse effect will continue to have a bad effect on the environment. It will continue to ensure that sea levels rise, that the air we breathe is full of toxins and it will also continue to make holes in the ozone layer. When the protective layer of ozone above our skies is damaged, we fall prey to the sun’s harmful rays. More and more ice cap melting occurs and our world becomes a more dangerous one.

How we can change things

Suffice to say that we cannot undo things past generations have done, but we can work to make a difference. We can all stop filling the air with toxic chemicals be reusing and recycling as much as we can. If you were to reuse a plastic tub for example rather than throwing it away and buying a new one, you will save energy. If you recycle as much as you can, we won’t have to use up more finite resources that are used to create plastics, metals, and more.

The worlds governing bodies and some multinational as well as local organizations are working to do their bit. Captains of industry are now more aware than ever before that the work that they do has an impact on the environment.

Making the world a greener place

These days most people know what they need to do in order to make this world a greener place. We know we have to recycle, we know we have to reuse things, and these actions are slowly but surely becoming a part of our daily lives.

It is only with determination that we can work to make this planet a better one. We need to work with the earth, rather than against it so that it continues to support vast ecosystems. We need to look for new ways to make this world a better place for future generations, and for ourselves. With a little bit of hard work and determination, I believe we can all make the world a little greener.

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