GLOBAL WARMING Joseph Barker, Alisa Applegate, Sherri White, Rick Wagoner, & Jacqueline Miley Topics Global Warming Defined Greenhouse Gases Causes for Gases Impacts of Global Warming Trends in Global Warming Evidence of Global Warming KYOTO Conference Global Warming
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Joseph Barker, Alisa Applegate, Sherri White, Rick Wagoner, & Jacqueline Miley
Global Warming is defined by the NIEHS as:
The progressive gradual rise of the Earth’s
surface temperature thought to be caused by
the greenhouse effect and responsible for
changes in global climate patterns.
Global warming has occurred in the distant
past as the result of natural influences, but
the term is most often used to refer to the
warming predicted to occur as a result of
increased emissions of greenhouse gases.
While there are numerous causes of global warming,
the two main gases involved are
They create insulation around the earth holding in
This additional heat warms the earth causing ice
caps to melt and other weather phenomenon.
Other greenhouse gases:
While CO2 emissions are the primary source of
the greenhouse warming effect, the other
gases are measured according to their CO2
According to many of the models used to
predict the trends in global warming there is
expected to be an increase in temperature
from 1.4 C to 5.8 C by the year 2100.
This would be an increase approximately
equivalent to the change in temperature
increase between the ice age and today.
Increases of 2.1–5.7oC are predicted due to
A recent UN study predicts that a temperature
rise of 1.4 C to 5.8 C over the course of the
coming century could cause the following:
Flooding Caused by a 75m Increase in Ocean Depth
1997, at the Conference of Parties III (COP3),
Kyoto, Japan, the Kyoto conference on
climate change took place. There, developed
countries agreed to specific targets for
cutting their emissions of greenhouse gases.
A general framework was defined for this, with
specifics to be detailed over the next few years. This
became known as the Kyoto Protocol.
The objective of the Kyoto Protocol is to stabilize
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate
climate change, and promote sustainable
The Protocol is historic in that it is the first attempt
to achieve international agreements to mitigate
global climate change through reduction in GHGs,
and the first to employ the flexibility of the global
market place for global environmental management.