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Use slides and write a paper on global warming and Mount Kilimanjaro.

As the snows on Mount Kilimanjaro keep vanishing and the race is on among countries to secure a portion of the North Pole that gets increasingly ice-free each passing year, our species seems to be abruptly awakened from its deep slumber by the reality of global warming, although a handful still doubt the extent of the damage and our responsibility in this whole process. But that our planet is warming significantly is not disputed by anyone. That this acceleration is now 10,000 times faster than it has been for the rest of human history is also common knowledge.

The topics should have a strong emphasis on chemistry, be based on factual information and expert knowledge, and use only top peer-reviewed journals covering the most current news on the subject.

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Abstract:
Man-made emissions play a major role in today's climate change. The emission unrests are now large enough to exceed the bounds of natural recovery. These unrests are primarily from human induced changes in atmospheric composition from energy use, urbanization and land-use. Increasing research results has improved monitoring and understanding climate change, however, there remain many scientific uncertainties about the rates of change that can be expected. It is clear that change will occur; changes such as extreme temperature and precipitation, decreases in perennial and seasonal snow and ice, and sea level rise. Anthropogenic (caused by humans) climate change is likely to remain for many centuries. Glaciers, such as Mount Kilimanjaro, are severely affected by global warming. Researchers contend that global warming may not be the only effect on Mount Kilimanjaro. We are stepping into the unknown with climate and its associated impacts could be quite disturbing.

Introduction:
When sunlight strikes Earth's surface, some of it is reflected back toward space as infrared radiation (heat). Greenhouse gases absorb this infrared radiation and trap the heat in the atmosphere. Increased levels of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), act as the chief vehicle for human impact on the Earth's climate systems. The main source of these increased levels is human combustion of fossil fuels. Burning wood, forest fires, and clearing land. For a thousand years prior to 1800, the atmospheric CO2 level measured about 270 parts per million (ppm). In the past two centuries, this has rapidly increased to 370 ppm, as high as it has been for 420,000 years (Claussen, 2001). Even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, these concentrations would remain for decades. Given increasing global energy use per capita and further population growth, greenhouse gas levels will rise more. No one knows when, if, or at what level they might stabilize. Everyone do not believe that global warming is caused by human activity. This statement opens uncertainty to the global warming concept.

The main way in which human alter global climate is by interference with the natural flows of ...

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Slides and a paper addressing global warming and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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