The main cause of global warming

Main cause of global warmingIt took more than 20 years to broadly accept that mankind is causing global warming with the emission of greenhouse gases. The drastic increase in the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) within the last 30 years caused by burning fossil fuels has been identified as the major reason for the change of temperature in the atmosphere (click the following link for a summary and graphs about the cause and effects of global warming ).

More than 80% of the world-wide energy demand is currently supplied by the fossil fuels coal, oil or gas. It will be impossible to find alternative sources, which could replace fossil fuels in the short or medium term. The energy demand is simply too high.

Another issue is the non-renewable characteristic of fossil fuels: It took nature millions of years to generate these resources, however we will have used them up within the next decades. Alone the shrinking supply will not make it possible to continue as usual for a longer time.

The main cause of global warming is our treatment of Nature

  • Why have warnings about climate change been ignored for more than 20 years?
  • Why were ever more scientific evidence demanded to find the coherence of man-made CO2 emissions as cause of global warming? Why wasn't common sense reason enough to act?
  • The true cause of global warming is our thoughtless attitude to Nature.

    Why can one still today find people who stick their head in the sand and don't want to understand what's going on in the earth's atmosphere?
  • Why do most people refuse to change their personal behavior voluntary in order to reduce CO2 emissions caused by their activities?

The answer to all these questions is a rather simple one:

In our technology and scientific minded world, we seem to have forgotten that mankind is only a relatively minor part of Nature. We ignore being part of a larger whole.

We believe to be able to control Nature instead of trying to arrange ourselves with Nature. This haughtiness is the true main cause of global warming. As a matter of fact, some people still believe that technical solutions alone would be sufficient to fight global warming.

Although we are guests on Earth, we behave as if no further visitors would arrive after us. It's like having a wild party where we destroy beds, the kitchen as well as the living room of a hotel without ever thinking about our future staying in the hotel nor about other guests arriving later.

The lesson from global warming is to base all decisions on deep respect and consideration for Nature.

In addition, our unit of measure is more and more often money only. What has no price tag, seems to have no value to us any more. In doing so we mix up economic growth with general well-being and financial income with personal happiness, respectively.

There is a loss of value behind this attitudes. We got blind for the true reason of our incarnation on earth:

We live here to train those traits , which will finally lead to perpetual harmony with ourselves and with our environment as well as to inner calm and peace.

 

The ultimate global warming solutions is to behave as part of a larger whole

Many people between 20 and 65 years seem to live for the one and only purpose of earning as much money as possible in order to be able to buy as many things as possible. In this light, it is not surprising that discussions about potential solutions to fight global warming concentrate on technical measures instead of a fundamental change of our attitude to life in general and to Nature in particular.

Someone who respects Nature and regards mankind as a part of a larger whole would never dream about using up non-renewable resources in a short time nor would this person contaminate the environment with gigantic amounts of pollution. By contrary, someone who respects Nature and regards mankind as a part of a larger whole would in all decisions carefully evaluate any effects on Nature. The preservation of Nature would be given a very high priority. On this base, it wouldn't have been possible to deny and ignore global warming for more than 20 years!

 

It's your personal decision whether you want to be the cause of global warming

In this context the question is whether global warming and its effects will eventually wake up mankind and spark off a change of paradigm. Will we understand this hint of Nature to follow the true meaning of life or will we continue to let us manipulate by media and advertisement as sheer and willing consumers in the economic cycle? Will we continue to strive for power, prestige and possessions following the concept „the more the better "? Shall economic growth and an ever increasing personal income continue to be the reason for being here, beyond everything else?

These questions can and must be answered by everyone. It is not primarily a decision of politicians or of the government. Everyone has to make a personal decision.

It is in our very own interest to induce fundamental changes in our attitude and behavior towards Nature: Modesty and humility, admiration and respect for all life on Earth instead of arrogance and haughtiness.

Let's emphasize it again: Not the others need to change, we must change ourselves. There are no international treaties or additional national laws required to start changing. We can start to change our consciousness immediately. It is really only about our personal behaviour - independent of what others do or don't do.

It's time for change!


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its all a con

what evidence are we given as to global warming. why are we only to blame. why is no one telling us that it is part of nature for the earth to go through ice ages and heat waves. the earth has gone through many changes well before humans set foot here. how many dinosaurs drove cars and burnt fossil fuels. wake up world and see why the government are hell bent on taxing you for every luxury you want. its all a big conspiracy.

I think that Global Warming

I think that Global Warming is a problem and that you just don't want to take responsibility. Nature is one of the most precious resources that we have and it shouldn't be treated like it is being treated. Ice is melting, animals are losing their habitats and there have been studies that show that our gases are killing the ozone. So WAKE UP and see that this might be a real problem. You just want an excuse to drive your big car that burns up fossil fuels and not feel guilty.

Global Warming is real but

Global Warming is real but not due to Greenhouse Gases. The Sun is going through its cycles as it always have. The earth has been colder than it is now and much warmer based on the ice core samples. In fact overall CO2 levels lag the temperature at a rate of about 400 years. The temperature rising and falling actually drive CO2 levels. The total CO2 levels contributed by man are small in comparison to what the volcanoes, animals, vegetation and the oceans produce. In fact using CO2 levels as an indicator that the planet is heating up is like saying that the leaves falling off the tree is bringing about winter.

I think we need to take better care of our planet. Air and water pollution need to be focus but not this blind obsession with CO2 levels.

The cause of global warming

I can only agree with the second last sentence in your comment that we should take better care of our planet. I disagree with the rest of your comment because you are mixing up causes and effects of global warming.

Where do you take evidence that "...the temperature rising and falling does drive CO2 levels..." in the atmosphere? Neither vegetation nor oceans "produce CO2". The ocean water can store some CO2, the warmer the water the lower the amount of CO2 which can be absorbed by the water, however. So heating up the water of the oceans does release some of the CO2 absorbed earlier. This is called a feedback-effect of the warming of the oceans. It should not be mixed up with the cause of warming.

The vegetation is converting CO2 into oxygen - vegetation is actually reducing the CO2 level in the atmosphere (it is doing just the opposite of what you are saying). This is one of the reasons forests are so important!

There is indeed scientific evidence that increasing the CO2 levels in the atmosphere is causing the Earth to warm up . We know how much CO2 we are releasing with burning of fossil fuels . We can measure the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and we can compare them with CO2 levels thousands of years back using ice core samples.

You can download from timeforchange.org a spreadsheet to simulate the main cause and effects of global warming yourself. This is quite helpful to get a feeling for the magnitude of the problem we are facing. Or you can also view some simulation results of ways for mitigation of the effects of global warming .

 

Global Warming

The largest effect on global warming by far was caused by the loss of ozone from CFC destruction that allowed the stratosphere to cool off by 1.3 degree C while the troposphere warmed due to more UV light hitting it. One can essentially account for the total warming (0.40 degree C)that was seen in 2000 from ozone loss (+0.315C) plus the natural increase from the 11 year Solar Irradiance cycle (+0.084C). CO2 is clearly not the cause of warming, warming always precedes an increase in CO2. You can read my paper based on the research completed at:

http://omsriram.com/Global Warming - The Real Causes!.pdf

The analysis was simple and very straight forward.

Kindest regards,

Bob Ashworth

What is the cause of global warming

Bob,

CFC's are greenhouse gases (ghg), so if you are saying CFC's are the (main) cause of global warming then you are at least agreeing that global warming is caused by greenhouse gases. And many greenhouse gases (at least the CFC's) are man-made. In other words: you seem to agree that global warming is caused by human activities.

Many scientists who have been doing the recent research on global warming present their work through the American Geophysical Union. They have no particular political agenda other than to learn how natural processes work and make that information known. Based on the outcome from a considerable number of studies reported in their organization, the AGU has issued a AGU statement about the causes of global warming in 2003. Here are some quotes from their report:

"Human activities are increasingly altering the Earth's climate. These effects add to natural influences that have been present over Earth's history. Scientific evidence strongly indicates that natural influences cannot explain the rapid increase in global near-surface temperatures observed during the second half of the 20th century.

Human impacts on the climate system include increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons and their substitutes, methane, nitrous oxide, etc.), air pollution, increasing concentrations of airborne particles, and land alteration. A particular concern is that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide may be rising faster than at any time in Earth's history, except possibly following rare events like impacts from large extraterrestrial objects. ..."

"The unprecedented increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, together with other human influences on climate over the past century and those anticipated for the future, constitute a real basis for concern."

Since the publication of the above cited AGU report evidence has further grown for anthropogenic greenhouse gases being the major cause of global warming and carbon dioxide playing a more and more important factor . For an individual, the easiest way to help mitigating climate change is to reduce the energy consumption (or generally consume less goods) which will almost automatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as the emissions of other greenhouse gases.

The bottom line of my text above is that we should treat Nature with more respect and in all decisions carefully evaluate any effects on Nature. Someone who respects Nature and regards mankind as a part of a larger whole would never dream about using up non-renewable resources in a short time nor would this person contaminate the environment with large amounts of pollution.

Global warming doesn't primarily ask for a technical solution but for a different thinking and attitude. We must regain the true meaning of life . We incarnate to train those personality traits, which will finally lead to perpetual harmony with ourselves and with our environment as well as to inner calm and peace. This goal can only be reached with a respectful treatment of Nature.

CFCs as reactants have done the real damage

Juerg: CFCs are greenhouse gases but the destruction of the stratospheric ozone by CFCs is what caused the warming. There is no warming layer that can be found in the troposphere from what I have researched. CO2 is not a pollutant, without it plants would not exist. God gave us fossil fuels so we can keep warm and travel around. It takes more energy to make ethanol and biodiesel fuel from corn than the energy we get out as fuels. These oxygenated fuels although producing less NOx make a lot more aldehydes(LA Smog)than diesel and gasoline. In all cases in life, Truth is the standard we should strive to live up too. We all need to protect our environment, but creating false hob goblins does nothing to help take care of it. My opinion, I could be wrong, but I don't think so based on the data. However, if someone can show me data to prove me wrong, I would change my positon. I try to practice true science and for me it is always just a search for Truth and Truth only.

Kindest Regards,

Bob

What caused global warming?

Bob,

Hypothesis that other influences than greenhouse gases (e.g. variations of the sun's radiation) cause current global warming or that anthropogenic emissions of CO2 do have no or very little impact on climate change have been around quite a while. However there are a number of good sites on Internet scientifically explaining the cause of global warming. One of my favourites is http://RealClimate.org .

Specific answers to most of your suggestions can be found at:

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=13

http://inthegreen.typepad.com/blog/2007/03/deconstructing_.html

http://reasic.com/2007/03/10/the-great-global-warming-swindle-questions-answered/

Best regards

Juerg

What caused global warming

This thread whether CFC's or CO2 are the most important cause of global warming is continued in our discussion forum here.

 

thanks

thanks 4 research

a little clarification

Vegetation DOES produce CO2. It just happens when they're not photosynthesizing. Like us, plants take in oxygen and use it to create glucose. And the ocean does release CO2. It doesn't really create it, because matter is neither created nor destroyed, but it does release a fair amount. You should also take into consideration that even though the CO2 graphs match up neatly with the "global climate," if it is closely examined, it does lag behind a bit. (Someone mentioned this before, but it was glossed over/flat out rejected. It's worth consideration). Now I'm not saying that we should continue living and consuming in the copious amounts we do, but global warming is not caused by CO2 emissions. Cutting reliance on fossil fuels is another matter though and that is still worth aiming for.

Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases

Even if vegetation is sometimes releasing a little bit of CO2, the net effect is clearly a conversion of CO2 into oxygen (O2) and sugar (C6H12O6) called photosyntheses. The following text is an exerpt from the online Biology Book of Estrella Mountain community college, which is a recommended source for details about the role of our vegetation.

„...Plants may be viewed as carbon sinks, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and oceans by fixing it into organic chemicals. Plants also produce some carbon dioxide by their respiration, but this is quickly used by photosynthesis. Plants also convert energy from light into chemical energy of C-C covalent bonds. Animals are carbon dioxide producers that derive their energy from carbohydrates and other chemicals produced by plants by the process of photosynthesis.

The balance between the plant carbon dioxide removal and animal carbon dioxide generation is equalized also by the formation of carbonates in the oceans. This removes excess carbon dioxide from the air and water (both of which are in equilibrium with regard to carbon dioxide). Fossil fuels, such as petroleum and coal, as well as more recent fuels such as peat and wood generate carbon dioxide when burned. Fossil fuels are formed ultimately by organic processes, and represent also a tremendous carbon sink. Human activity has greatly increased the concentration of carbon dioxide in air. This increase has led to global warming, an increase in temperatures around the world, the Greenhouse Effect. The increase in carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air has also led to acid rain, where water falls through polluted air and chemically combines with carbon dioxide, nitrous oxides, and sulfur oxides, producing rainfall with pH as low as 4. This results in fish kills and changes in soil pH which can alter the natural vegetation and uses of the land. The Global Warming problem can lead to melting of the ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, raising sea-level as much as 120 meters. Changes in sea-level and temperature would affect climate changes, altering belts of grain production and rainfall patterns...“

The lag of CO2 behind temperature in ice core samples does by no means prove that the current warming cannot be caused by CO2. Earlier warming periods after ice ages back in history have not been triggered by CO2, but no one here has made this claim. In other words: the causes for the initial warming after ice ages are different from the causes of our current global warming. (see e.g. this article in NewScientist

On the other hand, no climate scientist does seriously challenge the idea that more CO2 heats the planet.

The current global warming is clearly caused by an increase of greenhouse gases as a result of human activities. A recommended reading is the special report of climate change of NewScientist where many common misunderstandings of sceptists are discussed. 

Plants do not use oxygen to

Plants do not use oxygen to produce sugar. co2 is used is used for non light reactions (calvin cycle) to produce sugar among other products. When oxygen binds to RUBISCO instead of co2, co2 is given off and no sugar is produced. So when plants are not photosynthesizing they do give off some CO2, but they use more than they release. Sorry I know this is not the main point of the discussion and I am very late now that I look at the dates.

cause of Global Warming

I totally agree with your opinion. Carbon-dioxide are causing the Earth to warm up. Coal burning devices are one of the main causes of Global Warming because they can release carbon-dioxide and methane. Scientists are arguing about if coal-burning devices are the main cause of Global Warming or not. Research done by experts say that when you burn coal, it releases a chemical compound called sulfur-monoxide which is unstable. Thanks for your info...it'll really help me with my project about Global Warming.

With Kind Regards

Will

global warming

what is cause and effect of global warming

Global warming

Increase , storms heat waves & natural disasters , Tsunami...

Global Warming and tsunami

Tsunami's are caused by seizmic activity. CO2 has nothing to do with seizmic activity.

Global Warming tsunami

Yeah, although C02 doesn't affect seismic activity, it's warming the sea - meaning it has more energy, so the tsunamis have more energy and can be more destructive.
It's also melting ice caps, rising sea levels = more sea (duh) to be in the tsunami and throw itself at the land

global warming

we are asking about the causes of global warming by mankind

warmin

sssssssssoooooooooo true

I think your wrong

I think your wrong

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Scientist wouldn't be telling everybody how bad the CO2 levels are if they thought it wasn't a thing to be worried about.

It's obvious that we are the cause of this problem, and we need to act now. It's true that other things need to be focused on, but there is no blind obsession with CO2 levels.

All this information is based entirely on facts done by the worlds top scientists.

Well it is real

Global warming is serious. Have any of you seen the graphs on how much CO2 is in the air compared to ages ago. That is not natural. I try my hardest to save energy-unlike my younger brother he leaves lights/plugs/tvs on all the time.

WE ARE THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING LETS FACE IT!!!

maybe you're right

global warming have been one of the problems that we cant solve...but..the least we could do is to stop the threat from continuing..this must really stop..

WE are not the CAUSE

Yes we play a BIG PART in global warming. But o say we ARE the cause shows ignorance. there is no proof that we alone caused it. There are other factors that have contributed to it. Some of the main ones are actually Cows. They are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than we are. The earth is slowly destroying itself, not us. We are just speeding up the process. But we are most definitely NOT the cause.

WRONG!!!!

just look at how trees in the forest being totally bald isn"t that a work of a man?
come on!...
you are insane....
i don"t believe you didn"t play apart of this threat coz even perfumes that you use can also be a cause....!
theee reasooons of yours seems to show your true colorsss...
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oh god

hii whosoever is reading it i just waanna say dat i agree wid u dat man is responsible for all dese things bt dis world has to end one or d other day
nd to end dis world god has to do somthing nd for dis he has introduced global warming to us....

LEARN TO SPELL!!!!!

LEARN TO SPELL!!!!!

RUDE!!!

dON'T BE DISRESPECTFUL TO PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY SPELL THEIR WORDS. THEY WERE JUST SPEAKING THEIR MIND. ACT CIVILIZED

How can you be civilised if

How can you be civilised if your trying to have a conversation with someone who is 1.) ignorant, and 2.) unable to type in a way that illistrates their point?!

YOU should learn to spell...

"your" I think you mean the contraction of "you are" which would be "you're"

Global Warming -

Hello you Annonymous,

I am very sad for what you wrote, yes GOD created and it is for us to make it much better place and he will not end this world for us if it is someone it is us. So make your contribution from now and and respect the planet.

Best wishes

SR

Global Warming

you are so right
but the world has to end one day eventually

your wrong

god does not want to end the world hes doing this to see if we care that much to stop it and to tell yall people we can stop it if we belive

budoy

yah your right!

Poor education on a liberal website?

How on earth did someone with such poor spelling and grammar find their way to a liberal website? ahahaha.

i agree with wht u

i agree with wht u say........!!!!!!!! thanks for helping me

thank u so much

this is very helfull website ......... thhank u 4 ur help<3

Man all of you need to get

Man all of you need to get lives.

umm we kinda are because we

umm we kinda are because we just dump our trash every where MAIN CAUSE POLLUTION!!!!

Thank You.

You have helped me with my paperwork, and i would love to hear more on your opinion.

but it is

yes,, greenhouse gases do have a part in global warming,. there is no other way global warming can happen surely?

i liked your articale it

i liked your articale it helped me with my science classwork.!!! :}

nope ur wrong

nope ur wrong

I like your comment, I

I like your comment, I completely agree.

greenhouse gasses

Global warming is cuased by Greenhouse gasses because when CO2 increases (CO2 is a Greenhouse gass) so does the temperature.

peolpe are just ignoring this problem

people are just ignoring this problem, they dont even care if what it may bring to each one of us...we are just driving our car smoothly in the way but you don't realise that millions of life are nearly in extinction because of your own hapiness,,take a little sacrifice and you will earn a ot more when we are finished with this global problem..THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE SELFISH AND INSENSITIVE!!START GROWING UP BECAUSE YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AS THE MOST INTELLIGENT SPECIES!!!!!BE TRUE TO YOURSELF PROOVE THAT YOU ARE SMART...

You're a hypocrite

You probaly drive a big truck that wastes gas and you probably feel guilty for doing so but you don't want to take responsibility

global warming

I think that global warming will not exist if and only if we care for our nature. Their are lots of things that we need to consider why global warming occurs, first is that because we don't give importance to our surroundings and most of us continue to do that bad habits..

i agree, they dont wanna

i agree, they dont wanna accept that it should have been dealt with earlier!