Introduction to Global Warming & China
Welcome to the first segment of this blog. This is an introduction whereby the blogger aims to introduce the world issue, ‘Global Warming’ to you, the reader. I am sure you have heard or read about this concurrent phenomenon, ‘Global Warming’. Upon looking up the term on google, one could observe that connotations such as ‘hot’,’ ‘dire’,’ ‘environmental issues, ‘sea-level-rising’ can be seen.
Global warming is the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system (Climate Change, 2013). Global Warming can also be referred to as Climate Change due to the rise in average temperature of the Earth. The term “global warming” is also used interchangeably to refer to increases in average temperature of the air and sea at Earth’s surface (Riebeek, 2010). Global Warming is caused by excessive quantities of greenhouse gases emitted into Earth’s near-surface atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are both man-made and occur naturally, and include a number of gases, including:
- carbon dioxide
- nitrous oxide
- water vapor
Specifically, the global air and sea surface temperature has increased about 0.8 °C (1.4 °F), with about two-thirds of the increase occurring since 1980 in the early 20th century (Riebeek, 2010). Global Warming was chosen as a topic as I feel it is a global issue which has received extensive coverage in the news and press. In addition to this, its severity has been highlighted by various organisations and governing bodies as the effects have known to spread along a continuum to affect the world as the blog will outline and elaborate further on.
The blog has decided to delve into how China has an impact on Global Warming as China is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in Asia and hence, this blog aims to enhance and enrich our general knowledge of such an issue with reference to China.