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Global warming is the name given to the gradual warming up of the Earth’s surface. Global warming is happening all around us and has been for hundreds of years. It’s an environmental problem that scientists are rapidly trying to fix, as it will have a great impact on future generations. For more information on Global Warming read the fact file below or download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Global warming is thought to have been on the increase since the industrial revolution in the 1700s.
- Since the year 2000, the Earth has had 15 record-breaking years. Each of these 15 years has been the ‘warmest year on record’, which suggests that our modern lifestyles are speeding up global warming.
- 2015 is currently named as the hottest year on record. This means that the average temperature over the whole of 2015 was warmer than any other year before it.
- When the Earth’s surface warms up it can have tragic effects. Warmer seas mean that glaciers and icebergs melt, causing sea levels to rise. This in turn can cause flooding in countries all around the world.
- The ‘greenhouse effect’ is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. When the sun heats the Earth, some of the energy (in the form of gas, known as ‘greenhouse gases’) is reflected back into the atmosphere. When the Earth’s atmosphere prevents these gases from escaping they stay at ground level and warm up the planet.
- Global warming doesn’t just mean that the Earth is getting hotter – it also causes other climate problems, such as the deserts becoming drier and an increase in extreme weather conditions like hurricanes, droughts and wildfires.
- Greenhouse gases include ozone, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor.
- Burning fossil fuels (such as oil and coal) increases the number of greenhouse gases and contributes towards global warming.
- Deforestation also contributes towards global warming. Trees absorb carbon from the ground and, if they’re cut down, this is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas).
- Some greenhouse gases are needed near the Earth’s surface as they help to keep us warm.
- Using ‘green’ energy is one way to help slow down global warming. If we use less coal, oil and gas (the fossil fuels) then fewer harmful gases will be released into the atmosphere, and the temperature will rise less quickly.
- However, greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere for many years so even if we all stopped producing them today, the effects of global warming would still persist into the future.
- It’s estimated that the USA produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide pollution from burning fossil fuels.
- There is also more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than there has been for over 800,000 years.
- In the future it’s predicted that sea levels will rise by up to 59cm that would flood many countries, including all of South-East Asia, Florida and other coastal locations.
- It’s also predicted that more than a million species will become extinct due to loss of habitats, a changed ecosystem and altered seas.
Global Warming Worksheets
This bundle contains 10 ready-to-use Global Warming Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Global warming which is the name given to the gradual warming up of the Earth’s surface. Global warming is happening all around us and has been for hundreds of years. It’s an environmental problem that scientists are rapidly trying to fix, as it will have a great impact on future generations.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Global Warming Facts
- True or False
- Extreme Global Warming
- Warm Earth
- Chemical Fallout
- Extreme Weather
- Global Warming Wordsearch
- Hole in the Ozone
- Cause and Effect
- Image for Change
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