What Natural Events Cause Global Warming

As one of the greatest threats to our environment and public health, global warming must be taken seriously in order to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for all. But what exactly are the causes of global warming? Natural events have been identified by scientists as one major source of the escalating global temperature, but what’s surprising is the range of disparate events that contribute to the increase. From periods of intense light to astronomical events, natural phenomena have far-reaching implications when it comes to global warming.

Solar activity is one of the most commonly studied natural events that affect global warming. The amount of energy released by the sun is directly tied to climate-influencing weather patterns and temperature. Studies have shown that concentrated periods of especially strong or intense light, such as those from solar flares, cause the Earth’s atmosphere to heat up by trapping greater amounts of the sun’s energy. Moreover, when clouds appear low in the atmosphere, light as well as warmth are trapped and circulated, and if the clouds stay for a series of days, the warming effect is amplified.

Volcanic eruptions can also affect global warming, although the effects are generally short-term. Volcanic eruptions create aerosols, tiny airborne particles that reflect sunlight into space before it can enter the atmosphere. The decreased amount of light entering the atmosphere causes temperatures to drop. However, over the long term, the aerosols can also trigger clouds which, as mentioned above, trap heat, creating a positive feedback loop.

One might wonder, then, why do we not experience more dramatic drops in temperature given the considerable amount of natural events that can cool the planet? The answer is that very few events can have a more powerful effect on global temperature than global warming itself. Events such as solar flares, clouds, and aerosols act as only temporary, preventative buffers. As soon as the event passes, the global temperature returns to the trajectory set by global warming.

Astronomical events are yet another type of natural event that can influence global warming. The Earth’s orbit is elliptical, and the distance between it and the sun changes between its farthest and closest points. When the Earth is farthest away, the planet’s difference with the sun is greatest, producing a decrease in temperature during these periods. The longer the planet is away from the sun, the greater the temperature reduction. In fact, this phenomenon, known as Milankovitch cycles, is currently in a cooling phase. Consequently, the effects of global warming are temporarily neutralized or even reversed at times.

It is acceptable to say that natural events certainly influence global warming in some way but, in the grand scheme of things, their effects are too limited to alter the course of global warming significantly and for the long term. Change must be made on a larger scale in order to fully address and remedy climate change, meaning that everyone has a role to play in addressing and combating global warming, from individuals to businesses, governments, and countries.

Ernestine Warren is a passionate environmentalist, author, and advocate for the protection of the Earth's precious resources. She has written extensively on the causes and effects of global warming, providing accurate information to help educate people on how to combat this major global problem. With a background in science and biology, Ernestine has the tools to help develop solutions that meet everyone's needs while minimizing environmental damage. Her hope is that each person can do their part for the planet and make a real difference to help reduce climate change.

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