The paper "The Challenges That Global Warming Presents to Both Governments and Business in the UK" is a perfect example of a business case study. Global warming refers to a situation where there is an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’ s atmosphere. This happens when the greenhouse gases retain light and heat from the atmosphere resulting in to increase in the average temperature (Schneider 1990). They are like a mirror that reflects atmosphere heat energy back to the earth instead of losing it to space. This reflecting back of heat energy by the atmosphere is called the "greenhouse effect".
The greenhouse effect can be compared to heat is trapped in a car on a very hot day. The car gets hotter when it is out in the parking lot because the heat and light from the sun can get into the car, by going through the windows, but it can’ t get back out which is what the greenhouse effect does to the earth (Cardinale 2002). When the earth heats up, it results in global warming. Currently, globally the carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuels are approaching 7 billion per year and rising rapidly.
The increase is large as a result of burning fossil fuels. In the 21st century, the levels may escalate to two or three times their present levels unless strong measures are taken. Today, both the local and global environment is at risk. Industrial processes as well as refrigerators that leak emit to the atmosphere chlorofluorocarbons which in turn result in ozone layer degradation (Houghton J 2011 p1). Causes of Global Warming One of the major causes of global warming has been considered to be human activities which increase the emission of certain greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Human activities such as the burning of fuels e. g. coal, natural gas, oils and wood, lead to the emitting of Carbon Dioxide. Other greenhouse gases are likely to be emitted during transportation and production of oil, natural gases and coal. The raising of livestock, as well as the decomposition of organic wastes in solid waste landfills, has also resulted in the emission of Methane.
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