Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Understand the concept to make the solution: global warming

One of my current readings on global warming is Houghton’s paper “Global Warming”. The paper was publised in 2005. I see that the paper provide the complete reading, from the historical side to global action to develop solutions on global warming issue. Before develop a list of doable action inlined with global warming solution, we need to understand the basic concept of global warming, including greenhouse effect. Then the solution of global warming we made can be implemented within our home by our family member.

Houghton desribe that ‘Global warming’ is a phrase that refers to the effect on the climate of human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and large-scale deforestation, which cause emissions to the atmosphere of large amounts of ‘greenhouse gases’, of which the most important is carbon dioxide.

He said that such gases absorb infrared radiation emitted by the Earth’s surface and act as blankets over the surface keeping it warmer than it would otherwise be. “Associated with this warming are changes of climate. The basic science of the ‘greenhouse effect’ that leads to the warming is well understood, “told Houghton.

Houghton also recommeded another literature provided by IPCC. The most comprehensive reference and Literature survey is provided by the Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).