MadSci Network: Environment/Ecology

Subject: RE: Greenhouse effect

Posted by Jurgen Ziesmann
Grade level: Post-docBio and EcoChem
City: State/Province:
Area of science: Environment/Ecology

Dear Alex Mora,

There are sveral hundered WWW pages from different organisations that all answer your questions: Some good starting points (all URLs are examples and not necessarily the very best are included - its just what I found quickly on the net):

1.) What are the names of some particles or gases which cause the greenhouse effect?

There are natural sources and man made sources of greenhouse gases. The most important are: Water (vapour) (H2O), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Dinitrogenoxide (N2O), Ozone (O3), Chlorofluorocarbons

2.) Does the greenhouse effect cause weather changes?

Yes - but it is quite impossible to predict the change for a specific country. Some countries might get more rain, others less, some countries will get warmer, others even cooler. Clear is, that the overall average temperature of the earth already has increased and will increase.

3.) Does ozone depletion help with the cause of the greenhouse effect?

Ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect are two distinct effects but quite a number of chemicals that cause ozone depletion are also involved in the greenhouse effect. Today the industry has reduced output of Chlorofluorocarbons that destroy the ozone layer and replaced them by hydrofluorocarbons(HFCs). HFCs pose no direct threat to the ozone layer, but are very powerful global warming gases.

4.) If the greenhouse effect continues what are some hypothesis of what will happen in the future?"

Expected consequences of increased greenhouse effect are:

  Gradual global warming 
  Climatic changes, with impacts on wind patterns and precipitation. 
  Some areas are expected to receive more rain while other areas will 
  become drier. 
  Rising sea level 
  Changing ecosystems and production patterns 
The most important point about your questions: what can you yourself do against it?

Get informed (you made a good start!)
Join an environmental group
Act according to what is good - not what is just easy

20 Simple Steps to Reduce Global Warming
research excursions with Earthwatch

And here finally some important documents about what the goverments decided to do:

If you still need more information - just make any internet search with the keywords of your question ... there is lots and lots of info around.

I hope this helps.
God bless you

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