Knowing that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas is one thing, but being knowledgeable of the implications of too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere..
Knowing that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas is one thing, but being knowledgeable of the implications of too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere requires a more penetrative look at issues.
When sunlight tries to get reflected off the earth's surface back to the atmosphere and beyond, the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere muffles these attempts, the result being that a lot of the sunlight and its warmth is retained. Since the amount of solar energy retained depends upon the concentration of greenhouse gases (of which carbon dioxide is a major contributor), the bearings of excess CO2 in the atmosphere become colossal. With less radiations escaping every year, the earth’s temperature increases on an average.
Even the slightest of increases in the average temperature of the earth’s surface means that the melting activity at the polar ice caps changes. With more ice melting, the coastal areas become extremely risky places to be living at as the sea levels could rise anytime, resulting in floods. The drastic weather condition changes that the increased temperature would bring about would mean that the number of droughts and floods all across the globe would increase.
This will disrupt the farming industry of the whole world, and would soon translate into the formation of hunger zones all across the face of the earth. Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are increasing with every passing minute as we burn more fuel, drive more cars and consume more products! In the right amount, carbon dioxide renders the indispensable service of keeping the earth’s temperature warm enough for human life sustenance. But then, with no control over the atmospheric concentration of CO2, the same gas could well turn out to be the destroyer in chief of the human race in the future.