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Greenhouse Effect Research Assignment The Greenhouse Effect is a controversial issue in society today. It is generalised as "global warming", because the "Greenhouse Effect" is said to be the result of a 'blanket' - made up of gases such as water vapour and carbon dioxide - forming over Earth like a greenhouse. Glass in a greenhouse will let the sunlight in, but absorb and retain the heat; thus increasing the temperature of the atmosphere within the greenhouse. Therefore, the "Greenhouse Effect" is the warming of the Earth's surface at a greater rate than would normally occur without the 'blanket' present. Some problems that many scientists have blamed on the Greenhouse Effect are a rising global temperatures, thus rising sea levels from the melting of polar ice caps, changes in vegetation, and unusual weather patterns. Of course, many argue that global warming is a natural process, but some people go as far as placing sole blame on human activity for the Greenhouse Effect. In between these two extremes, there is the theory of the "Enhanced Greenhouse Effect". ...read more.


Ways in which carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide can be reduced with unlimited funds are: - Buy up large blocks of land around the world, and plant lots of trees to soak up the existing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - Improve technology of cars, so that they do not release carbon monoxide. While ethanol as a fuel only reduces the vehicle emissions, perhaps technology can advance to a stage where there is an alternative that will not produce emissions - perhaps solar-powered cars? This way, we also do not release as much methane whilst drilling for natural gas and oil because our consumption of oil will fall drastically. - Replace all cars in the world with solar-powered cars, fitted with batteries that can store energy absorbed but not yet used (i.e. the battery can charge up on a sunny day, then use reserves during a day with no sun). - Encourage people around the world to use public transport instead of individually driving to work, and perhaps do this by building a more extensive and efficient public transport infrastructure in places which need this - Replace coal with solar energy as the source of electricity - i.e. ...read more.


A source of methane and nitrous oxide is the burning of biomass. This problem can be resolved if we supply people who use biomass as fuel with solar panels and batteries, i.e. replacing the energy source. If there is no sunlight available in individual locations, then connection to the country's supply of solar electricity can be established. Methane from landfills can be harnessed to provide energy, and thus is burnt off, not released into the atmosphere. Such technology already exists in the world, except the source of methane is artificial. We can reduce the emissions of methane into the atmosphere by harnessing methane all over the world. As can be seen, with unlimited funds, it is relatively simple to solve the greenhouse effect. Because products (such as new machinery, new cars, new refrigerators, etc) will be provided for free to firms and individuals, there should be no social barriers to overcome. Material from all the old refrigerators, cars, machinery, etc can be recycled to produce new products. Disposal of materials that cannot be recycled must be further considered. ...read more.

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