Mankind’s Greenhouse Effect: Is It Already Here?

  • W. W. Kellogg
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Abstract

The addition to the atmosphere of infrared-absorbing (greenhouse) gases by the activities of mankind is changing the composition of the atmosphere, and theory tells us that this must cause a global warming. The worldwide burning of fossil fuels and the production of carbon dioxide is currently the single largest influence on our global temperature and climate, and other manmade trace gases are also contributing to the greenhouse effect. As a result of the increase of these greenhouse gases Planet Earth has warmed as a whole by 0. 5 to 0.6 K in this century, and will continue to warm. Other environmental changes are also beginning to take place gradually, such as changes in distribution of rainfall and snowfall. All of these will have an impact on mankind. The community of nations is now debating what action, if any, it is prepared to take to slow the inevitable climate change.

Keywords

Biomass Burning Methane Dioxide Hydrate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. W. Kellogg
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Atmospheric Research (Retired)BoulderUSA

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