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Global Warming : Refers to the increase in the Earth's overall average temperature over recent decades and its projected increase in coming years. In recent years, this term has been used to describe the effect of human activities on the Earth's atmosphere.
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Global Warming is based on the increase of average surface temperatures and those of the oceans. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that, between 1905 and 2005, the average surface temperature of the Earth rose approximately 0.74 degrees Celsius, or 1.33 degrees Fahrenheit. They concluded that this rise in temperature was most likely due to increases in greenhouse gases over the last one hundred years.

Although natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions and normal cyclical temperature variations may have influenced the overall temperature of Earth's atmosphere, most of the world's scientific community agrees that humans are to blame for the majority of Global Warming. Over the course of the last 200 years, humans have made significant contributions to the atmospheric gases that help to trap solar energy close to the surface of the Earth. Most of the increases in these "greenhouse gases" resulted from the release of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. The problem has been exacerbated due to increased deforestation.

Based on these conclusions, most scientists agree that the average temperature of the Earth will continue to rise over the next 100 years. The actual projected temperature variations depend on the scientific model used to determine changes in greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the differences, most of the projections find that overall warming will raise sea levels and increase the intensity of extreme weather events. Precipitation will likely increase, too, changing agricultural practices, crop yields, and diseases.

Although Global Warming indicates an overall rise in the average temperature of Earth's surface, localized temperatures will vary and some areas may see a general decrease in temperatures due to changes in oceanic activity and the resulting effects on currents and weather.

Also called : Greenhouse Effect or Climate Change.
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