We can’t talk about solar power without discussing the effects that fossil fuel has on our environment. Otherwise, there would be no importance to solar power if these topics go unmentioned. Greenhouse gases are another issue that our planet is dealing with as a result of fossil fuels. Let’s take a closer look at greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect to have a better understanding.
Greenhouse gases are gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. Electricity production, transportation, industry, commercial businesses and residential homes contribute in the production of greenhouse gases. Human activities are immensely responsible for the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years.
The greenhouse effect is the physical mechanism of this blocking mechanism in our atmosphere that influence how much heat we retain within the atmosphere. Without its atmosphere and the greenhouse effect, the average temperature at the surface of the Earth would be zero degrees Fahrenheit. However, too many greenhouse gases can cause the temperature to increase out of control.
In a natural state the greenhouse effect would allow for more heat to escape into space and less re-emitted heat. Human activities have created more greenhouse gases that allow less heat to escape into space and more re-emitted heat.
Electricity production generates the largest share of greenhouse gases. An approximate 67 percent of our electricity comes form burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Installing a solar power system on your home would be more environmentally friendly.