The greenhouse effect was brought to public attention for the first time in 1824. by Joseph Fourier. Over the years, the notion was further developed by Claude Pouillet, John Tyndall, and Svante Arrhenius. The name “Greenhouse effect” was introduced by a Swedish meteorologist Nils Gustaf Ekholm. What is actually a greenhouse effect? To put it in simple terms, it’s when the planet’s surface is warmed by the plant’s atmosphere. Without it, the temperature on Earth’s surface would be significantly lower.
Why is this a problem?
The greenhouse effect is not actually the problem, it is what gives us warmth and without it, life on Earth probably wouldn’t be possible. If that’s the case, why all the talk about it? It is enhanced greenhouse effect that causes all the problems. It occurs as a result of various human actions. Humans, particularly in the last couple of centuries emit increased amount of carbon dioxide in planet’s atmosphere. Doing so, they increase the temperature atmosphere, and ultimately the temperature on Earth’s surface. This has everlasting effects on planet’s climate and ecosystem. It leads to a global phenomenon known as global warming. And most of us have already heard about global warming. It is the main reason for melting of ice glaciers, increment of sea level and increased temperatures al throughout the year. And it is not hard to see how that is a bad thing. It is endangering the life on this planet as we know it.
How to stop it?
There are numerous ways to reduce the effects of global warming. For starters, by reducing damage to the ozone layer. The ozone layer is our first and main protection from sun radiation. It lowers the effect of said radiation and keeps Earth from overheating. But because we irresponsibly emit all kinds of gases in our atmosphere, the ozone layer is paying the price. If we lower the production of carbon dioxide, use solar energy for needs, we could greatly reduce the damage we do to the ozone layer.
What does the future hold
As things stand tight know, nothing good. If we keep this up our planet could be changed forever. Rising sea levels and climate change is just one of many things that could go wrong. And every single one of us can help in preventing that. Using renewable resources instead of non-renewable ones, recycling, being more aware of our surroundings and environment are just a few things we could do to change our future for better.