Human Impact on the Water Cycle 2

Human Impact  on the Water Cycle 2

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  • The greenhouse effect is when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth that is causing warming. There is a 95% chance that in the last half century the warmth in our planet has increased because of human activities.  Transportation is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases, such as burning fossil fuels for cars, trucks, planes, etc.
  • Clearing land for agricultural purposes is also another emitter of greenhouse gases. Some of these gases are methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide. Scientists are more statistically sure that humans are the cause of this than they are that smoking causes cancer.
  • You may be thinking...
  • Now I know that climate change is a serious issue. But how does it relate to the water cycle? 
  • Great question! Climate change can change the processes of the water cycle, or the storage areas of water. A storage area is a place where water can be stored. Like, and ocean for example!
  • Isn't this such a beautiful beach? We are going to use this beach as an example of how climate change affects evaporation, which therefore affects precipitation.
  • The results of this may vary depending on the area it is in. It all has to do with evaporation, and the sun.
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