Was Global Warming Caused by The Industrial Revolution?

March 11, 2010 at 6:46 am (Uncategorized)

Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of Earth’s near-surface air and ocean’s which started in the mid 20th century and was caused by increasing amounts of green house gases resulting from human activity. Some things that humans have done to cause global warming include deforestation and fossil fuel burning.

Chart of Global Warming
Global Warming: Cause and Effects

Things that can result from global warming can vary, for example: sea levels can rise due to the earth’s warm atmosphere, ammount of precipitation and weather pattern may change, it can melt the polar ice caps, permafrost, sea ice, and glaciers, and even lead to species extinctions.

The results of global warming today can be connected to the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was a time period of rapid industrial growth that caused a radical shift from agriculture to industry during the late 1700’s and 1800’s. Global warming can be connected to the Industrial Revolution because the Industrial Revolution was what started the production of goods through machines and ways of transportation. The machines seemed like the best way at the time to make profit and try to improve things but however, in the long run they turned out to be one of the worst ideas made. They are now bad ideas due to the fact that they have caused polution today in the world and have even started the cause of global warming. So, overall machines were not such a great idea when considering what has happened today in the world.

As you can clearly see from the pictures above, though the Industrial Revolution has ended there are still some horrible effects that remain here today in the world. I think that in the future if we don’t do something soon there will be an extreme amount of pollution and green house gases being emitted into the air which, will cause extreme global warming in the world. This can also be backed up by the fact that ever since the Industrial Revolution started, instead of the machine making processes making improvements in the world  they instead are only  increasing problems and  now even more factories are being made causing more and more factories to produce toxins and other wastes. That’s why I think that if we don’t stop the production of green house gasses there will seriously be a horrible consequence for the earth’s environment and the species living on the planet.


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