The Greenhouse Effect
Use of conventional energy sources - in Florida andthroughout the world - has produced a global problemknown as "the greenhouse effect." While the scientific community does not always agree on the greenhouse effect's potential impacts on the planet, and while policy makers do not always agree on methods to ameliorate or adapt to it, most concur on at least a few points: The greenhouse effect does indeed exist and is primarily a result of our use of carbon-based energy supplies. The greenhouse effect is changing the planet's climate. The greenhouse effect presents circumstances unique in human history - a global problem of unprecedented proportion and complexity. This Energy Note presents a definition of the greenhouse effect, its causes, its potential impacts, and possible responses.
Florida Solar Energy Center and Melody, Ingrid, "The Greenhouse Effect" (1989). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 900.