Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 16 - Think and Discuss: 95

Answer

If more energy is released by burning fossil fuels, the Earth’s overall temperature rises. This means the surface will radiate faster into space. If the greenhouse effect blocks some of this excess radiation, the Earth's temperature rises more. The bottom line is that as more energy is released, the Earth will reach equilibrium and settle in at a higher average temperature.
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