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The Greenhouse Effect in More Detail micro-lesson

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A greenhouse is made of glass and allows the sun's rays in, heating up the air inside and trapping in that warm air. The greenhouse effect works in the same way, to keep the planet warm. Around the earth is a layer of different gases, and we call this the earth's atmosphere. As the sun shines through the atmosphere in the day, it warms the Earth's surface. As the earth cools when the sun goes down at night, gases in the atmosphere help trap some of the heat. These gases are known as greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor are all examples. We need these gases to help keep the earth at a temperature suitable for living things. This is the natural greenhouse effect. The problem is the amounts of these gases in the atmosphere has increased over the past hundred or so years. This is due to things like burning, taking away trees that take in carbon dioxide, using more electricity, more cars, traveling by planes, creating more rubbish, intensive farming with animals producing methane by farting, and factories. This means the atmosphere is keeping in more heat and the planet is warming up. We call this the increased greenhouse effect. This has serious consequences for the planet. Although this isn't great, scientists are working on ways that we can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released such as recycling, renewable energies, and taking excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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  • Are greenhouse gases also stored in ice-sheets?

    1) Yes
    2) No
  • Does the ocean absorb some carbon dioxide?

    1) Yes
    2) No
  • Is it true that greenhouse gases do not remain in the atmosphere for a long time?

    1) No
    2) Yes
  • Is Nitrogen a greenhouse gas?

    1) No
    2) Yes
  • The greenhouse effect works to keep the planet what?

    1) Warm
    2) Cold
    3) Wet
    4) Dry
  • What greenhouse gas do cows produce when they fart?

    1) Methane
    2) Water vapour
    3) Oxygen
    4) Hydrogen
  • What has happened to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the past 100 years?

    1) It has increased
    2) It has decreased
    3) It has stayed the same
    4) They have disappeared
  • What is the layer of gases surrounding the earth called?

    1) The atmosphere
    2) The acolytes
    3) The acquaintance
    4) The aerofoil
  • Which gas is found at the highest percentage in the earth's atmosphere?

    1) Nitrogen
    2) Oxygen
    3) Hydrogen
    4) Carbon Dioxide
  • Which of these activities doesn't release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?

    1) Going for a run
    2) Going for a scenic drive
    3) Playing on the computer
    4) Using a lawnmower
  • Which of these coutries emits the most carbon dioxide?

    1) China
    2) UK
    3) USA
    4) South Africa
  • Which of these is not a greenhouse gas?

    1) Oxygen
    2) Carbon Dioxide
    3) Nitrous Oxide
    4) Water Vapour
  • Why do we need the natural greenhouse effect?

    1) To keep earth's temperature suitable for living things
    2) So we can grow plants
    3) To keep the earth cold
    4) So that we don't get too much rain
  • With more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, oceans are absorbing more of this gas. What effect does this have on it?

    1) It is becoming more acidic
    2) It is becoming more alkaline
    3) Nothing
    4) It is becoming more bubbly
  • With oceans becoming more acidic linked to climate change, what species is this making most at risk?

    1) Coral
    2) Whales
    3) Sharks
    4) Dolphins

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