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What will happen if the greenhouse effect of Earth's atmosphere keeps on increasing?
Question Date: 2005-05-17
Answer 1:

This can be either a short answer or a very long answer. I will try to make it the short answer.

What is expected to happen is that the Earth's average global temperature would rise with the greatest change at the Polar Regions. Therefore there would be a rise of sea level due to partial melting of the glacial ice.

There would also be a change in climate. There may be an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms, increased rainfall in areas with little.

There would also be a change in the content of the atmosphere with a higher concentration of CO2 and decreased oxygen.

But, it is important to understand that this has happened many times in the history of the Earth, it just seems to be happening quicker now (possibly due to burning of fossil fuels and CFCs). Also the greenhouse effect is acyclic. In time (thousands of years) the Earth will bounce back to even possibly a period of massive glaciers.

Hope this helps. If you want more details, don't hesitate to ask.

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