Carbon DioxideCarbon dioxide is a primary cause of global warming. Between 1750 and 2015, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased from 280 ppm to 400 ppm. source: NASA
Greenhouse GasesCarbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, meaning that it warms the climate by a process known as radiative forcing that causes more sunlight to be absorbed by the atmosphere as opposed to being reflected back into space. Other greenhouse gases such as methane also contribute to global warming.
ImpactGlobal warming may cause a large scale environmental disaster and a downward shift in human quality of life on a global basis. It could threaten political stability and basic economic processes such as food production.
SolutionsGlobal warming is solvable from a technical perspective. The problem is primarily with political agreement to do it. It is possible to create energy without changing the composition of the air. It is also possible to capture carbon dioxide from the air in a stable and useful format.
|Overview: Global Warming|
The increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to rising levels of greenhouse gases.Source: Erik M. Conway, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory