The Earth receives a huge amount of solar radiation and mostly 91 percent of it is absorbed by the planet’s atmosphere, as the rest of it is reflected into space. However, the proximity of the Sun poses both one possibility and one problem. While we could be using this light to produce all the energy the world needs by investing in 496,805 square kilometers of solar panels, we keep wasting the Earth’s resources and increasing the consequences of the greenhouse effect. The accumulated heat and global warming are causing the rise in the average temperature of the world’s surface.
So what do we learn from this? We learned that we need to implement urgent changes worldwide, changes that will surely cost several trillions of pounds, but would be obviously beneficial for the planet. Due to pollution and its effects, many scientists point out that the global warming in the medium and long term can be irreversible. However, other scientists admit the increased content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but remember that much of this gas comes from the concentration of water vapor, a phenomenon independent of human activities. But in the end it doesn’t really matter what the explanation is: why can’t we start changing the way we treat Earth today?
If we just started investing in cleaner technologies, we could improve the world’s current condition in no time. For now, the excess of carbon that is starting to damage our atmosphere, trapping more infrared radiation, is increasing the so-called greenhouse effect. And although the scientists still do not agree that the greenhouse effect is already occurring, they are concerned about the increase of carbon dioxide. Investing in a solution would be the best decision to make, but are we ready to act in such a green way? Maybe not… It’s such a shame, since it would be relatively easy and not that expensive to change the way we treat our planet.
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