Part one

What the atmosphere Provides

1. The Gases and What They Do

2. The Atmosphere: Past and Present

3. The Motions of the Atmosphere

4. Other Factors That Shape a Region's Climate

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atmospheric Behavior: The Weather 43

5. What Makes the Weather? 45

6. Extreme Weather 59

Human Influence on the Atmosphere:

Local Impacts 79

7. Air Pollutants and Air Pollution 81

8. Air Pollution and the Environment 92

9. Air Pollution and Human Health 101

10. Acid Rain 110

11. Air Pollution Control 123

12. The Atmosphere Above Cities 138

Human Influence on the atmosphere:

Global Impacts 145

13. Ozone Loss in the Stratosphere 147

14. Climate Change 157 Conclusion 169

Glossary 173

Further Reading 183

Index 189

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Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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