The Terra, Aqua and Aura spacecraft constituted a first installment of this orbiting toolkit.
Much of that rain falls back into our oceans where temperature, salinity and winds combine to create movement, driving heat and energy around our planet. Another vital component of our planet is its vegetation, whose direct relationship to carbon can be observed from space. These measurements of the gravitational pull of different ice masses help scientists determine the mass of the ice sheets and how this mass is changing over time.
NASAa€™s health check on Earth, provided by its satellites, gives a consistent diagnosis: Over the long-term, the planet is warming and this is influencing all aspects of our climate system. Global climate change refers to a change in average weather conditions on Earth, including changes in temperature, precipitation, and wind patterns. The natural greenhouse effect has been exacerbated by anthropogenic (human) activity over the past century. There is a scientific consensus that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are increasing and that this is causing global climate change. Regardless of the cause, these occurrences result in climate variability which are variations in climate on all temporal and spatial scales beyond that of individual weather events.
The climate system is driven by the sun’s energy and regulated by natural processes and cycles in the Earth system, moderating temperature.
Concentrations of greenhouse gases – and especially carbon dioxide – have risen over the past two hundred and fifty years, largely due to the combustion of fossil fuels for energy production. Land-use change presents the second largest anthropogenic source of carbon dioxide, currently contributing up to a quarter of emissions to the atmosphere. Sulfate aerosols and black carbon are two additional important examples of anthropogenic factors. Climate scientists reconstruct the Earth's climate history by studying proxy records including ice cores, corals, and tree rings.
Climate scientists glean information about past climates by studying ice cores, sediments from the ocean, corals, tree rings, and the geologic record. Scientists have long known that the Earth's climate is dynamic, fluctuating between colder and warmer periods generally referred to as glacial and interglacial states (Figure 1). Due to the rapid addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, especially since the Industrial Revolution, climatologists expect to observe greater changes in the Earth's climate over the next century than have been recorded over approximately the past 12,000 years. The transition from the peak of the last ice age around 20,000 years ago to the start of the modern interglacial period (the Holocene) around 10,000 years ago, was interrupted by a sharp return to near-glacial conditions during the Younger Dryas period. Temperatures began increasing in northern latitudes around 600 AD and warming occurred in other regions up until about 1250 AD due to natural variability in the Earth's orbit. Between 1250 and 1850, a period of cooler temperatures known as the Little Ice Age occurred (Figure 2). If the current trend continues, temperatures will be more than ~1.8°F (1°C) warmer by 2100 than they were in 1900. Recent data indicates that near-surface air temperatures and precipitation are increasing globally. Instrumental records of precipitation on land show an increase of 0.5 to 1% per decade in much of the Northern Hemisphere mid- and high latitudes. Over the latter half of the twentieth century it is likely that there has been a 2 to 4% increase in the frequency of heavy precipitation events reported by the available observing stations in the mid- and high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Alpine and continental glaciers have retreated in response to twentieth century warming, although glaciers in a few maritime regions are advancing. There has been a 10 to 15% reduction in sea-ice extent in the Arctic spring and summer since the 1950s and data from submarines indicate that there has been about a 40% decline in Arctic sea-ice thickness in summer or early autumn between the period 1958 to 1976 and in the mid-1990s, or an average of about 1.57 inches (4 cm) per year. Available observational evidence indicates that regional changes in climate, particularly increases in temperature, have already affected biological systems in many parts of the world. What methods do scientists use to make projections about future climate change and its impacts? Scientists generally use several models in combination with different emissions and development scenarios to make a range of projections for each climate variable and to construct multiple global change scenarios. Global climate models (GCMs) are mathematical formulations of the processes that comprise the climate system.
GCMs are mathematical formulations of the processes that comprise the climate system, including radiation, energy transfer by winds, cloud formation, evaporation and precipitation of water, and transport of heat by ocean currents. GCMs are used to simulate the climate system's future responses to emissions of greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, as well as other human-induced activities that affect the climate system.
An advantage of climate models is their ability to perform multiple simulation experiments using different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. A disadvantage of climate models is that, although computer power continues to increase rapidly, global models currently do not resolve features smaller than about 50 miles x 50 miles. Assumptions about population growth, economic growth and development, and land-use change affect how quickly scientists think greenhouse gases will be added to the atmosphere. Figure 2 shows temperatures associated with seven different carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions scenarios. While anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gas emissions are increasing atmospheric concentrations, how the climate system responds to the higher concentrations, as well as to other radiative forcings such as sulfate aerosols and black carbon, is likely to be complex.
Climate projections depend on emissions scenarios and on how climate processes and radiative forcing are modeled. Impacts are projected based on global change scenarios often downscaled to regional levels. Feedbacks and interactions among impacts, projections, and emissions may amplify or dampen climate change. In this column, we’ve highlighted a few exemplary professional development publications for teachers. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement.
A companion to Classroom Instruction That Works, this handbook provides a review of the research base and strategies along with exercises, rubrics, and worksheets that help you begin using the nine strategies immediately. This book draws on an extensive research base to provide a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten to eighth grade.
A companion to Taking Science to School, this book reviews principles from educational research about K-8 science and applies them to effective teaching practice. Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning. This professional book provides scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, and is framed to address K-2 teachers’ needs. This professional book provides an introduction to each trait and includes scoring guides, focus lessons, and activities for teaching each trait.
This professional book summarizes research and provides strategies for effectively integrating informational text into the primary grades. This professional book provides creative, concrete experiences to help students master reading comprehension strategies. The second edition of Strategies That Work provides information about comprehension and teaching reading strategies, lessons and practices for teaching comprehension, and a section dedicated to content-area reading. This professional book provides research-based information about reading comprehension strategies and comprehension strategy instruction.
Most of us have heard that the greenhouse effect keeps the planet much warmer than it would be otherwise, and similarly we may have heard that increasing amounts of greenhouse gases are enhancing the natural greenhouse effect. It has been understood since the 19th century that some gases absorb infrared radiation (IR) that is emitted by the planet, slowing the rate at which the planet can cool and warming the surface.
Outgoing spectral radiance at the top of Earth's atmosphere showing the absorption at specific frequencies and the principle absorber. The size of the greenhouse effect is often estimated as being the difference between the actual global surface temperature and the temperature the planet would be without any atmospheric absorption, but with exactly the same planetary albedo, around 33°C.
A satellite map of the outgoing longwave radiation emitted by Earth in September 2008 demonstrates not only geographical variations but also those caused by cloud presence. We use the GISS model of radiative transfer through the global atmosphere to try and break down the attribution using realistic distributions of local temperature, water vapor and clouds.
Given that CO2 has such a major role in the natural greenhouse effect, it makes intuitive sense that changes in its concentration because of human activities might significantly enhance the greenhouse effect.
Despite being a trace gas, there is nothing trivial about the importance of CO2 for today, nor its role in shaping climate change in the future.
Nicaragua, as the second poorest country in Nicaragua, is incredibly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. When approximately half the population of Nicaragua lives below the poverty line, it’s obvious that the country will struggle to respond to the projected changes as quickly and effectively as wealthier countries. According to the World Health Organization, four of the six major causes of deaths of children under the age of five years worldwide are highly sensitive to changing climatic conditions such as temperature and precipitation. Climate change will profoundly impact social and environmental determinants of health:  clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. Areas with weak health infrastructure in developing countries will be least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond. One third of the global burden of disease for children is due to air, water, soil, and food conditions. Extreme high air temperatures contribute directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Climate change is a global problem but its effects, particularly its health effects, are felt by individuals, families, communities, and nations. Mean annual rainfall has declined within the last 20 years due to lower wet season rainfalls.
Climate changes have been responsible for the increased of hurricanes, droughts and floods, especially in the Caribbean coast.
Increased temperatures, created by El Nino Effect decreases rain precipitation affecting the water supply and agriculture. Since climate change cannot be addressed as a solely developmental or environmental or health issue, it is important to understand the impacts of climate change on all levels and how conditions in Nicaragua will change in the foreseeable future. With limited governmental and individual resources, it will be challenging for Nicaragua, particularly rural Nicaraguan communities, to commit to climate adaptation measures to reduce the negative health effects of climate change in the country. 10, a€?Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planeta€? premiered at the Smithsoniana€™s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, showcasing some of NASAa€™s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet.
These satellites marked the beginning of a new way of studying Eartha€”as a system rather than as individual components of meteorology, oceanography and atmospheric chemistry.
27, 2014, is one of the signature satellites measuring rain, snow and hail around our planet.


The interplay of watera€”one of the vital components of our planeta€”between the oceans, the land and our atmosphere is one of the keys to understanding Eartha€™s climate. With each spring season, forests, grasslands and agricultural fields develop, sucking up the carbon in our atmosphere. NASAa€™s ice-observing missionsa€”the completed ICESat-1 satellite mission, the future (2018 launch) ICESat-2 mission, and the ongoing IceBridge series of airborne campaignsa€”have given us and will continue to provide insight into the dynamic nature of the land and sea ice at Eartha€™s poles. Not necessarily, said Piers Sellers, former astronaut and director of Science and Exploration at NASAa€™s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Although the planet’s natural greenhouse effect helps to maintain a livable temperature, scientists have observed significant changes in mean temperature over long periods of time.
Activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation have led to an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions. Humans are principally affecting the climate system through alterations to the carbon cycle, which regulates the flow of carbon among living and non-living parts of the Earth system.
Since the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from about 270 parts per million (ppm) to about 370 ppm.
When ecosystems are altered and vegetation is either burned or removed, the carbon stored in them is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Sulfate aerosols, which enter the atmosphere naturally during volcanic eruptions, are tiny airborne particles that reflect sunlight back to space. These records show natural variability in the Earth's climate such as distinct colder glacial periods and warmer interglacial periods. From these proxy records, they reconstruct Earth's climate history and compare climate changes of the past with observations of recent climate changes and their projections of climate change in the twenty-first century.
Although temperatures tended to be cooler than average, the Little Ice Age was not a continuous time period of colder than normal temperatures because summers were often very warm.
In response to twentieth century warming, glaciers have been retreating and snow cover extent has decreased. The past eleven years (1996-2006) had some of the warmest recorded temperatures since 1850.
In contrast, over much of the sub-tropical land areas rainfall decreased during the twentieth century. However, the observed record shows no significant change in tropical and extra-tropical storm intensity, and no systematic changes in the frequency of tornadoes, thunder days, or hail events. Northern Hemisphere lake-ice and river-ice cover over the past century shows widespread decreases in duration, averaging about two fewer weeks of ice cover. Other independent observations show a much slower decrease in winter sea-ice thickness of about 0.39 inches (1 cm) per year.
Based on the few very long tide gauge records, the average rate of sea-level rise has been larger during the twentieth century than the nineteenth century.
Examples of observed changes include lengthening of mid- to high-latitude growing seasons, poleward and altitudinal shifts of plant and animal ranges, declines of some plant and animal populations, and earlier flowering of trees, emergence of insects, and egg-laying in birds. These scenarios can be used to get a sense of the direction and relative magnitude of changes in temperature, precipitation, and other climate variables and can help define potentially critical thresholds of climate-sensitive processes. Climate models can be used to make projections about future climate and the knowledge gained can contribute to policy decisions regarding climate change.
Though there are many types of models, from simple to complex, three-dimensional global atmosphere and ocean models hold the most potential for making accurate climate projections. The model calculations are made for individual gridboxes on the order of 125 – 300 miles (200 – 500 km) in the horizontal and vertical dimensions.
As of now, GCMs are the only way that we can foresee the effects increased carbon dioxide emissions on global climate. By performing multiple experiments, with multiple climate models based on multiple greenhouse gas scenarios, the range of possible climate outcomes, as well as the probability of specific outcomes, can be better understood.
The flow chart begins with socioeconomic assumptions that affect projections of greenhouse gas emissions and ends with climate system feedbacks and policy.
Future emissions of greenhouse gases may occur along a range of pathways related to population and economic growth and technology and land-use change.
The low end of the IPCC range suggests that in the year 2100 the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere would be approximately 550 parts per million (ppm), or approximately double the pre-industrial value, while an alternate scenario suggests that the concentration could be close to 1,000 ppm. Climate projections include predicted changes in atmospheric variables such as temperature and precipitation as well as associated changes in other components of the climate system - for example sea-level rise.
Impacts are projected for water, ecosystems, coastal zones, human settlements and industry, and human health. Adaptation responses involve adjusting to climate change whereas mitigation responses involve an intervention to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Instead of creating a new column each month, we’ll update this column as we discover new titles in General Instruction, Science Instruction, and Literacy Instruction.
View the table of contents, read a sample chapter, or purchase this book from the ASCD web site. It includes case studies to illustrate how current research can be applied to diverse classroom settings.
Effective science instruction involves formative assessment – taking time to assess and reflect on what your students think they know about science.
View the table of contents and sample pages, read reviews, or purchase this book from the Scholastic web site. The book may also be useful for teachers in upper elementary looking to include more informational text in their curriculum. View the table of contents, read a chapter, access archived webinars, or purchase the book from the Heinemann web site. Read a sample chapter, learn about an online course, or purchase the book from the Heinemann web site. Jessica is an education resource specialist at The Ohio State University and project director of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. But few of us appreciate what exactly it is in the atmosphere that makes the effect work and why small changes in trace gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) might make a difference. These so-called greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide and water vapor, as well as ozone and methane among others. This is more of a "thought experiment" than an observable state, but it is a useful baseline.
This is a more complicated issue than it might first appear because of the nature of the absorption and the complex distribution of absorbers both horizontally and vertically.
More heat escapes from areas just north and south of the equator, where the surface is warmer and there are fewer clouds.
By removing each of the absorbers in turn and calculating the absorption for many different combinations, we can calculate all the overlaps and allocate the absorption fairly. Because of the non-linear impacts of CO2 on absorption, the impact of removing the CO2 is approximately seven times as large as doubling it.
In wealthier parts of the world, rising temperatures, rising sea levels, changing water patterns and increasingly severe storms due to changes in the earth’s atmosphere will have some negative effects. And the most vulnerable populations to climate change risks are also the populations that are already bearing a significant burden of the global burden of disease. In addition to warming atmospheric temperatures, global sea levels are rising and precipitation patterns are changing.
Also, undernutrition is an underlying cause for an estimated 30% of all deaths in children because of weakened immune systems. Elderly people and communities lacking access to adequate drinking water or air conditioning are also at higher risk of health-related illness and mortality.
Much of climate change’s health risk is avoidable through scaling up of existing health programs since the health concerns of climate change are not new diseases but changes in incidence, range, intensity and seasonality of existing health problems. Services and financial support from the developed world is important to helping Nicaragua and other developing countries develop resilience in the face of a changing climate and an uncertain future.
These science visualizations act as a time capsule of our Earth system, bringing storms, global fires, Arctic sea ice loss and the behavior of carbon to life on screen. Today that toolkit includes a fleet of satellites, which continues to grow, with seven Earth missions currently in development. As plants die or go dormant in the Northern Hemisphere winter, carbon dioxide is released and then accumulates in the atmosphere. By 2010, we burned approximately 500 gigatons of carbon, resulting in a 1-degree Celsius temperature rise; if we continue at this rate, by 2050, we will have caused a 2-degree Celsius temperature rise. Science can influence policy and this can create change, as evidenced by the 1987 Montreal Protocol. As the human demand for more energy and resources grows alongside an increase in population and industrialization, this intensified greenhouse effect will lead to extreme variability in climate, most noticeably with precipitation and temperature. Anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for industry, power, and transportation, and land-use change for agriculture and forest products are the processes primarily responsible for the increase. Carbon is found in all living things, in soils and rocks, in fossil fuels, in marine sediments, and in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Greenhouse gases are relatively transparent to incoming solar radiation, allowing the sun’s energy to pass through the atmosphere to the surface of the Earth. Concentrations of methane have also risen due to cattle production, the cultivation of rice, and release from landfills. The principal reasons for deforestation are agriculture and urban growth, and harvesting timber for fuel, construction, and paper.
Industrial activity has recently increased their concentration in the atmosphere primarily through the burning of fossil fuels containing sulfur. Historically, climate changes have usually occurred on timescales of thousands of years, although there well-documented exceptions such as the Younger Dryas when climate change has occurred more quickly.
The onset of this cold period took a couple of hundred years, but its termination was extremely rapid (over decades).
This period is sometimes referred to as the Medieval Warm Period, although the warming did not occur on a global scale. Between 1250 AD and the early 1500s, the climate cooled slowly and then appeared to be stabilizing with the exception of the North Atlantic where temperatures began to decrease rapidly.
For example, temperatures increased in the first part of the 20th century and then decreased between about 1940 and 1970. Therefore, the IPCC projections for the future are within a range of temperatures that could lead to a major climate shift.
Arctic sea-ice thickness during the summer and early autumn has declined and tide gauge data show that sea level has been rising. Furthermore, the reporting of extreme events has changed substantially with time, making a trend analysis difficult.


However, it is difficult to assess the influence of the substantial inter-annual and inter-decadal variability on these changes. Understanding the range of possible futures helps policymakers and the general public evaluate responses.
An advantage of GCMs is their ability to perform multiple simulation experiments using different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. These complex and computer-intensive global climate models have been developed to study global climate processes and to create projections of possible future climates. The equations of the model are solved for the atmosphere, land surface, and oceans in each gridbox over the entire globe using a series of timesteps. Projections made by GCMs are reflections of the current state of knowledge of the processes in the climate system, but they still contain uncertainties. The models also simplify or parameterize complex and often non-linear processes, such as the radiation effects of high- and low-level clouds or hydrological processes on the land. There are different types of uncertainties associated with each level of the flow chart, but the interaction of these uncertainties does not necessarily make the overall outcome more uncertain.
Relatively fast economic growth and continued use of fossil fuels would lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, while relatively slow economic growth and an increase in the use of alternative energies would lead to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effect of the additional clouds is uncertain because some types of clouds are associated with a cooling effect and other types of clouds are associated with a warming effect.
Temperature projections for the twenty-first century vary depending on the emissions scenario and the model used (Figure 2).
In this book, the authors examine and summarize decades of research findings and distill the results into nine broad teaching strategies.
Each book includes a comprehensive chapter on formative assessment and 25 ready-made probes that elicit student ideas on a multitude of core science topics.
The book includes descriptions of how each technique promotes student learning, considerations for design and implementation (required materials, timing, modeling, and grouping students), modifications and caveats, and ways the technique can be used in other content areas. Note, however, that the bulk of the atmosphere is made up of nitrogen and oxygen molecules which don't absorb IR at all. Another way of quantifying the effect is to look at the difference between the infrared radiation emitted at the surface of the Earth, and the amount that is emitted to space at the top of the atmosphere. Different substances absorb different frequencies of IR, and the different parts of the planet differ wildly in how much IR is being emitted (based as it is on surface temperature) and how much cloud and water vapor there is at that location (carbon dioxide is very well mixed). But by investing in resilient infrastructure, improved health delivery systems, and technological solutions like air conditioning, countries like the U.S. In poor rural communities where infectious disease, poor air quality, food insecurity and unclean water are already causing ill-health, the increased stress of climate change may cause health to decline even further and limit the effectiveness of health and development projects aiming to support these communities. Extreme weather events like droughts, floods and hurricanes are growing in intensity and frequency. Gender issues also affect climate and health in central America, where increased flooding reduces access to midwife services and where women and girls are expected to care for the sick, especially during periods of disaster and environmental stress. High temperatures also result in declining air quality, which exacerbates cardiovascular and respiratory disease for vulnerable populations.
In the spring, as plants leaf out and absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, concentrations of the compound in the atmosphere decline. While the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide is a complex problem, the Montreal Protocol is a model: a landmark, international piece of legislation designed to protect Eartha€™s ozone layer by limiting the industrial production of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons. In order to understand the significance of climate change in the urban Northeast, we must understand the scientific foundations of global climate change; its causes, its history, its significance and the methods used to make such projections.
Examples of weather elements include precipitation, temperature, humidity, storms, and winds.
Each of these carbon reservoirs stores a percentage of the Earth’s total carbon and the carbon moves at varying rates among the reservoirs. The energy is then absorbed by the Earth’s surface, used in processes like photosynthesis, or emitted back to space as infrared radiation.
Nearly one-third of human-induced nitrous oxide emissions are a result of industrial processes and automobile emissions. Anthropogenic emissions of sulfate aerosols have been associated with a net cooling effect. The strongest cooling during this period occurred in the areas around the North Atlantic Ocean (Greenland, Europe, Western Canada), but its impacts were felt globally, as far away as the Californian coast and China.
Glaciers that had been receding re-advanced and large bodies of water remained frozen through the summers. Observational evidence indicates that regional changes in climate have already affected biological systems in many parts of the world. Minimum temperatures in the latter half of the twentieth century have been increasing at nearly twice the rate of maximum temperatures, reducing the diurnal temperature range in many parts of the world. A disadvantage of GCMs is their inability to resolve features smaller than about 50 miles by 50 miles. The knowledge gained can contribute to policy decisions regarding climate change and facilitate preparations for future climate changes. Figure 2 shows projected changes in temperature and precipitation in the 2050s using two global climate models, one developed by the United Kingdom Hadley Centre and the other by the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis. Changes in mean temperature and precipitation as well as changes in the extremes are important for the projected impacts. Classroom examples, rubrics, organizers, and charts help teachers plan and implement the strategies into their own practice. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. In the absence of the greenhouse effect, this would be zero (in other words, no difference). Indeed, some wavelengths of IR can be absorbed by both water vapor or clouds, or water vapor and CO2. Deforestation in Nicaragua is also causing massive amounts of carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere, exacerbating global climate emissions and causing local changes such as decreased rainfal,declining water quality, and increased natural hazards such as floods, landslides and soil erosion. This was confirmed in February 2007 during the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) where leading climate scientists agreed with more that 90% certainty that the Earth is warming and that human activity is the first offender. In some cases, the carbon may remain in a reservoir for millions of years, but as humans have begun to burn fossil fuels to produce energy and clear natural ecosystems, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, where it acts as a greenhouse gas.
Some of the emitted radiation passes through the atmosphere and travels back to space, but some is absorbed by greenhouse gas molecules and then re-emitted in all directions.
Black carbon is soot generated from industrial pollution, traffic, outdoor fires, and the burning of coal and biomass fuels. At the end of the Younger Dryas, ice sheets that had extended down to the northeastern metropolitan region began to retreat and the climate shifted from a glacial to an interglacial state. Between 1970 and today, temperatures have warmed, and the 1990s saw some of the hottest years of the twentieth century. Increases in daily minimum temperatures are lengthening the freeze-free season in most mid- and high latitude regions.
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This "spectral overlap" means that if you remove a substance, the change in how much IR is absorbed will be less than if you only had that substance in the air. However, in poor countries in the developing world where infrastructure like roads and water systems and access to healthcare are already limited, the increased burden on these resources due to climate change will have severe consequences. Emissions of black carbon (soot) may also be contributing to the warming, and emissions of reflective sulfate aerosols have been associated with a net cooling effect.
Global climate change indicates a change in either the mean state of the climate or in its variability, persisting for several decades or longer.
Black carbon is formed by incomplete combustion especially of coal, diesel fuels, biofuels and outdoor biomass burning.
The average temperature during the Little Ice Age was about 1.8°F (1°C) cooler than it is today. Alternately, the impact of all the substances together is less than what you would get if you added up their individual components. Climate change could naturally occur as a result of a change in the sun’s energy or Earth’s orbital cycle. This includes changes in average weather conditions on Earth, such as a change in average global temperature, as well as changes in how frequently regions experience heat waves, droughts, floods, storms, and other extreme weather. Water vapor (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are the two largest contributors to the greenhouse effect. Soot particles absorb sunlight, both heating the air and reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the ground.
These rumours became so strong that FEMA itself was forced to make the following statement:“FEMA is aware of speculation regarding the purchase of materials from around the United States, especially the Atlantic region.
The climate system includes a great deal of natural variability, and climate fluctuations have always been part of the Earth’s 4.6 billion year history. It is important to note that changes in individual weather events will potentially contribute substantially to changes in climate variability, and possibly result in lasting altered conditions. Methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other greenhouse gases are present only in trace amounts, but can still have a powerful warming effect due to their heat-trapping abilities and their long residence time in the atmosphere. However, over the past century changes in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are of an extraordinary rate and magnitude. ESA entered the preliminary design phase of that initial reconnaissance mission earlier this year.The awkward fact for Nasa and other space agencies, however, is that while no large-scale asteroid impacts are currently known about, current efforts to identify and track any objects in space that could hit Earth are woefully small scale.
But the depth of the threat is far greater than it is currently possible to accurately track, let along protect against, threats of rocks in space hitting Earth. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.” Doomsday? In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.”Have your say!
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