The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased due to the extensive burning of fossil fuels, which started with the industrial revolution around 1850. Since then, global temperature has also increased. Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, scientists believe it is partly responsible for this warming.
The natural cycles of warming and cooling are complex, interrelated, and influenced by many factors. Thus, the extent of carbon dioxide’s role in warming is not well understood. Rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could set off other effects that might have a more profound influence on climate than just the carbon dioxide alone.
Topic: Earth Science
Subtopic: Climate/Climate Change
Keywords: Atmospheric carbon dioxide--Environmental aspects, Climatic changes, Climatology, Global warming, Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric, Greenhouse gases, Temperature