The Earth’s climate is always changing. Changes from natural causes are usually more gradual. Some human activities, however, are speeding things up. Burning fossil fuels like oil, for example, upsets the balance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As a result, the global climate is becoming warmer.
Scientists believe that with global warming, we can expect more severe weather patterns including heat waves, hurricanes, floods, and drought. Weather events like these can increase health risks, damage economies, destroy habitats, and affect our quality of life.
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Since 1750, atmospheric concentrations of CO2, CH4 and N2O have increased by over 36 percent, 148 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Scientists have concluded that this is due primarily to human activity. – US Environmental Protection Agency