Conceptual illustration depicting global warming

Conceptual illustration depicting global warming

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Credit: SALLY BENSUSEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Conceptual illustration showing the causes & results of the greenhouse effect. The build-up of certain gases in Earth's atmosphere traps an increased amount of solar radiation & leads to a gradual warming of the whole planet. The greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide & chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). They are generated by industry, the burning of fossil fuels, increased modern agricultural methods & deforestation. Global warming is expected to cause massive changes in weather patterns & a rise in sea level (due to the melting of polar ice) which could flood coastal cities & plains.

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Keywords: atmosphere, earth, earth science, earth's, global warming, greenhouse effect, melting, melting earth, sciences

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