Global Warming Affects Due to CO2 Production and Agriculture Growth

 

Contents 

 Facts and Info

 Data Analysis

 Interviews

 Solutions

 About Us

Facts and Info

Our topic has to do with global warming affects due to CO2 production and agriculture growth. At least one third of the world's forests are expected to be seriously affected by global warming, accelerating the disappearance of both the forests themselves and the wildlife that depends on them, according to a new report released today by World Wildlife Fund. "Forests are especially sensitive to climate change and we can already begin to measure the impact," said Jennifer Morgan, Climate Policy Officer for WWF-US. Global warming affects forests in a variety of ways. Research indicates, for instance, that a doubling of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere increases both the incidence and severity of forest fires by nearly 50%. Rising sea levels associated with global warming threaten mangrove forests, among other important ecosystems, while warming waters make hurricanes and other storms both more frequent and severe. Global warming, also know as the greenhouse effect, has a lot to do with carbon dioxide emissions. A lot of these emissions are man made. About 85% of primary energy come from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas. This accounts for a large part of the man made carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is the key to plant growth. Some research has found that increasing the amount of CO2 in the air can help plant growth to a certain degree, but too much can also cause problems. Carbon dioxide levels are on the rise. In 1958 the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (measured in parts per million) went from 315 to 365 and the rate is increasing. Scientists say that in the next 100 years it could double to 700 PPM. This is one of the many problems that we are trying to find an answer to.

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Data Analysis

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Interviews and Questions

QUESTION FOR EARTH ON FIRE PROJECT

1) What does a lot of CO2 do to plants?

2) How does a little amount of CO2 effect plants?

3) Does El Nino really affect the CO2 levels by hurting the plant growth?

4) How does plant growth directly effect Global Warming?

5) Around how many plants does it take to effect the global warming?

6) Do trees or plants effect more of the Co2 production?

7) Is CO2 the only direct cause of global warming?

8) How do plants produce CO2?

9) Why do plants need to intake CO2?

10) Does weather effect CO2 intake of plants?

11) How does it effect Co2 intake?

12) What season has the most CO2 production?

13) What season has the least CO2 production?

14) How does the amount of CO2 used by agriculture compare to the amount produced by humans?

15) How does the amount of CO2 being used by corn and beans compare to each other?

16) Are more areas effected in the world than others?

17) Do areas with more plants effect the ozone layer in that area?

18) Do hotter temperatures cause more CO2 to be produced?

19) Can humans do anything to help stop the plants?

20) Does plant CO2 production predict to increase?

Interviews

Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 12:06:03 Ė800

To: JBISCC@aol.com

From: Ron Borton

Subject: Re: help please

 

Jason: Your chemistry class is taking on a ver difficult project. I need to let you know that I am not an expert on global warming nor am I sure what effects it would have on agriculture if global warming is actually taking place. As I read the literature concerning this issue about Ĺ of the experts say there is no such thing and the other Ĺ say there is. The first thing you would need to establish is whether or not there is global warming and if so at what rate. You canít just say the temperatures in 1998 were higher than they were in 1948. You must see the trends and with our weather, you can have a cold year, a hot year or an average year which has nothing to do with global warming but has to do with winds aloft, wind direction, etc. In 199, El Nino changed the weather in parts of the world dramatically. It was certainly warmer in Ohio as evidence by the fact that Cleveland had no measurable snow in 1998 until Late December and this year we are close to average amount of snowfall in the middle of January. You need to consider long term situations before you can say there even is any global warming. To answer your question concerning CO2, I didnít understand CO2 to be problems. I thought that the ozone, which came from oxidation of fossil fuels. We want water and CO2 from this oxidation, but when it is not complete we get other compounds which contribute to the production of / or destruction of ozone. I donít quite understand question 3. Are implying that agriculture is dying, i.e., less production, etc. Actually, Agriculture feeds the world which is getting more populated every year, so I doubt agriculture will die,cause if it does we all die too. With question 4 you need to remember that require oxygen in some parts of its metabolism and therefore if CO2 increases oxygen decreases, so in the increase in CO2 will only improve plant production for a very short span of CO2 levels. Question 5 implies a different answer than I gave for Q4. I donít think agriculture will change much unless we get too much of any gas and causes a lowering of production. Through other sciences, such as genetics, health management, fertilization, nutrition, etc. we will see agriculture improve production.

 

I hope what Iíve said is helpful. You may need to educate me concerning the global warming issue. Good Luck. Dr. Ron Borton, Assoc. Prof., OSU-ATI

 

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Solutions

There is no one solution to the problem of global warming. If there were we wouldn't be doing this project. What I am going to say are just some ideas that Jason and I have thought of. Deforestation affects global warming. If we were to plant two trees when one is cut down then that would be a good start in the fight in against global warming. Also setting laws that the trees have to be so old before they are cut down. Farmers help cut down on the CO2 levels by planting crops. The government should support them by giving certain tax cuts. This will make it easier for them to increase the amount of product that they produce. We should fund a research team to watch the levels of PPS in the air. There have been big advancements in the electric cars, which would cut down on the CO2 that is being man made.

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About Us

My name is Eric Van Sickle and my partner is Jason Basch. We are doing this web page for a school project. I will tell you a little about us. I am sixteen years old, and am a junior at Hilliard Davidson High School. I do a gymnast at C.G.A. Gymnastics. I have been a gymnast for almost fourteen years. In my spare I like to hang out with friends and listen to music. Jason is 15 years old. He also attends Hilliard Davidson High School. He likes to run cross-country and track. In his spare time he likes to hang out with friends and go to the mall.

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Last Revised: Feb 3, 1999