June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Energy Conversion and Conservation
Global warming is the most important present day environmental issue. It is more than the gradual increase of average temperatures. Global warming is the direct result of human progression and its consequences, such as the rise in sea levels and the loss of biodiversity, are becoming prevalent. The primary objective of this research paper is to analyze the causes and effects that global warming has on the environment resulting from the release of excess amounts of greenhouse gases as well as to compare and contrast many aspects of renewable energy solutions. The greenhouse gases of carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, ozone, and nitrous oxide trap some of the solar radiation entering Earth’s atmosphere. Though necessary for life, the presence of greenhouse gasses have resulted in an increase of global temperatures. The International Energy Agency has projected this increase to be as great as 6 degrees Celsius resulting in an intensification of desertification and a loss of biodiversity. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, about 600 thousand million tons of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation, leading to a 30% increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, where it can reside for up to 50 years. At the start of the Industrial Revolution, humans were not aware of the damages they were doing to the environment. The need for advances in clean, renewable energy is a necessity as the effects of global warming become permanent. At the rate of current fossil fuel usage, such energy sources will be depleted within the next century due to their short lifespan. Renewable energies, in the form of solar, biomass, wind, hydropower, and geothermal energy, are paving the way to a more sustainable lifestyle. Breakthroughs in these fields will contribute to the lessening of the negative impacts of global warming. The study of the effects of global warming and possible engineering solutions involving renewable energy would fit the call in the graduate division and it is consistent with the division objectives.
Valdes, E. A., & Cuadra, C. E., & Najafi, F. T., & Safai, N. M. (2017, June), The Effects of Global Warming and Possible Engineering Solutions Involving Renewable Energy Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28963
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