Awareness-Advocacy-Action Bulletin #9 – Fossil Fuels = too much heat

Awareness Advocacy Action

greenhouse effect

AWARENESS

(1)   CO2 is an important part of the greenhouse that keeps the earth’s average temperature stable. The earth’s atmosphere allows in radiation from the sun, warming the oceans and land. This heat is then radiated back into space with a different wavelength. CO2 absorbs this heat as it is radiated from earth, and retains some of it in the atmosphere.  National Geographic has a great explanation of the greenhouse effect at http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/description-greenhouse-effect-2501.html . Scientists have proven that the increased CO2 comes from burning of fossil fuels. They can prove this by measuring the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere that can be carbon dated as very old (so it came from fossils) versus natural carbon that is very new. The amount of CO2 from fossil fuels is the cause of the increase in CO2. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide_in_Earth’s_atmosphere . Current levels of CO2 at 400ppm retains far more energy in the…

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