Environmental Science for AP - Friedland and Relyea Chapter 19
Terms in this set (19)
Rising sea levels, increased extraction of fossil fuels, increased contamination, altered biogeochemical cycles, decreased biodiversity, emerging infectious diseases, overharvesting and exploitation of species
Global Climate Change
Increased storm intensity, altered patterns of precipitation and temperature, altered patterns of ocean circulation
Warming of planet's land, air, and water, increased heat waves, decreased cold spells
Greenhouse Warming Potential
Estimates how much a molecule of any compound can contribute to global warming over 100 years compared to a molecule of CO2
Approach that involves taking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Can store in agricultural soils or retired agricultural land.
A trait the improves an individual's fitness
The percentage of incoming sunlight reflected from a surface
Regulations in the United States to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks
Cap and Trade
An approach to controlling CO2 emissions, where a _____ places an upper limit on the amount of pollutant that can be emitted and ______ allows companies to buy and sell allownaces for a given amound of pollution
A family of organic compounds whose properties make them ideal for use in refridgeration and air-conditioning.
the process by which radiation from a planet's atmosphere warms the planet's surface
A gas in Earth's atmosphere that traps heat near the surface
A compound used in place of CFCs as it is less destrucive to ozone layer
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC)
A scientific body under the UN, dedicated to the task of providing the world with an objective and view on climate change
An international agreement to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases from all industrialized countires
A chemical compound which is a group-14 hydride and it the main constitute of natural gas. Burns holes in ozone layer.
A chemical compound, at room temp is a non-flammable gas, and is used as laughing gas.
When carbon is absorbed by soils and is stored there for the long term
The gaseous phase of water. It is produced from evaporation or boiling and is located in our atmospsherse. Most common greenhouse gas.