TITLE

GLOBAL WARMING AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT

PUB. DATE
January 2002
SOURCE
World Almanac for Kids;2002, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Almanac
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Many scientists believe that gases in the air are causing Earth's climate to gradually become warmer. This is called global warming. The hottest year on record was 1998. The second hottest was 1997, and 1999 was the fifth hottest. If the climate becomes so warm that a great deal of ice near the North and South Poles melts and more water goes into the oceans, many areas along the coasts may be flooded. In Earth's atmosphere there are tiny amounts of gases called greenhouse gases. These gases let the rays of the sun pass through to the planet, but they hold in the heat that comes up from the sun-warmed Earth. As industries in the world have grown, more greenhouse gases have been added to the atmosphere. In 1997, representatives from more than 150 countries met in Kyoto, Japan, where they adopted a treaty on global warming.
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8539874

 

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