Climate Change Regulations

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Climate Change Regulations Paper
University of Phoenix
SCI 362
April 2, 2012

Climate Change Regulations Climate change is an intricate comparison of numerous geological, atmospheric, and ecological sources. Often the viewpoint of climate change is distilled into an oversimplification of global warming. Global warming is mostly understood in lay terms as the warming of the earth due to the overproduction of greenhouse gasses. In reality, climate change is, “a measure of changes in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over periods of decades or longer, regardless of cause.” There are three main views pertaining to climate change; global warming, solar irradiance, and natural cycles of the atmosphere. Global warming is the viewpoint that human influences have and are altering the atmosphere by raising the temperature of the planet. This viewpoint is the most widely accepted view from scientists around the world who believe that the release of large amounts of CO2 and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) (amongst other gasses are creating a greenhouse effect. The effect of global warming is not completely known. While some sources such as environmental groups like Greenpeace, predict catastrophe, groups like NASA admit that the implications of global warming are not well known (NASA, 2011). The other view of climate change pertains to solar irradiance. The sun has affected the earth’s weather in the past and solar output has increased in the last hundred years. Because the sun is so intricately tied to the earth’s weather and tidal forces, it is only natural to assume that solar activity can have profound effect on the earth’s temperature. However, the alterations in solar output for the last hundred years have been determined ineffectual with regard to changing the earth’s temperature (NASA, 2011).

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