CO2 & YOU
CUBA HIGH SCHOOL
For thousands of years mother nature has released carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Evidence shows that in the past our climate has fluctuated greatly, from years of extreme heat, to extreme cold and back again.
Today many people believe that humans are helping to encourage this dramatic change, do to over population and industry. The way global temperature is rising, some people believe that climate patterns could change world wide, ocean levels could rise, glaciers melt, constant changing vegetation zones and scorching deserts.
It is really hard to say if the world will change greatly or not. There are so many things that we still don't under about the world around us. For example: the ocean removes 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. At this point no one really knows how the ocean does this or how much longer it will continue? It is also very hard to say if we are going through another one of the cycles.
Along with the ocean, the particle matter and amount of CO2 changes greatly due to volcanic eruptions and other natural occurrences. The sun is another good example of a constantly changing variable. Radiation from the sun does not remain at a fixed rate.
Our program will assume that all these variables remain the same. And hopefully we will be able to come up with a ruff estimate of how much humans are really contributing to global warming.
The purpose of our project was to determine the future impact of global warming depending on the amount of organic fuel burnt per year.
This was determined by comparing past figures that dealt with global temperature as well as the predicted amount of CO2 in the air, and amount of organic fuels burned per year.
In 1998 5.8 billion tons of organic materials were burned. If we continue to use the same amount of organic materials and no other variables interfere, by the year 2012 the earth's over all temperature will go from 15 c. to about 18 c.
Our figures seem very rational compared to the rest of the scientific world. Scientist have been predicting the earth's tempter has and will continue to rise .4% per. year.
Thanks to the efforts of the following people our project was able to run a lot simpler. We would like to thank the following people for helping us on our project, Seth Whitworth, J. Wane Whitworth, Katrina Camp, and Denise Drzymalski.