Earth’s Atmosphere

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Describe how the Earth’s atmosphere affects energy absorption (from the sun), and global climate.

60 Responses

  1. Kael says:

    Well, this is something I don’t know much about, but I imagine it would have something to do with carbon dioxide and the ozone layer. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is notorious for heating up planets, which affects climate. I’m also pretty sure that without the ozone layer, it wouldn’t be possible to live on Earth, and that without a protective atmosphere absorbing some of the heat and energy from the sun, it would be a lot hotter, and without some of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, it would be too cold. Also, if I’m correct, the ozone layer protects us from UV rays, which are very harmful.

    • Kael says:

      The atmosphere affects a lot of things. First, we have the ozone layer, a part of our atmosphere made up of a gas called ozone which is a combination of 3 oxygen atoms and is extremely toxic to breathe in, which blocks out harmful ultraviolet sun-rays, which are dangerous and the causes of sunburns and skin cancer. Then, the rest of our atmosphere is made up of a bunch of gases, and recently, we’ve been piling on more of some gases, specifically carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The gases I just mentioned are a few examples of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are gases in our atmosphere that trap in the sun’s heat. The sun’s energy and heat goes through our atmosphere, and then on the way out, some of the heat gets trapped inside our atmosphere, and more and more heat gets trapped in with the more greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. That heat then warms up the Earth. The main greenhouse gas in our atmosphere is carbon dioxide which is made up of a carbon atom and 2 oxygen atoms. It makes up a lot of our atmosphere, and with all the burning of fossil fuels that our species does, our planet is heating up. What’s worse is that we’re currently producing about 8 times more carbon dioxide than our carbon sinks are taking in, and our carbon sinks, things that take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more than they produce it, which means our atmosphere is getting uncontrollably filled with greenhouse gases, which is why the global climate is warming up. With warming u our planet comes other risks including more and worse storms and droughts and other harmful things to our environment.

  2. Lukas says:

    The Earth’s Atmosphere sucks up lots of energy from the sun before it reaches us, for instance, if the Earth’s atmosphere did not have an ozone layer, which blocks 99% of the UV light from the sun, within seconds of being exposed to this unfiltered light cells would turn cancerous. You would die in seconds, and all life would be trapped underwater. The UV light from the sun that we do get is what gives you sunburns. The Earths atmosphere also warms us up at night and keeps the planet cool during the day. Take mercury, with little to no atmosphere mercury, while facing the sun is incredibly hot, while when it’s not it’s incredibly hot. Even though it’s cooler at night than day, without our atmosphere it would be unbearably cold.

    • Luke says:

      The Earth’s atmosphere is essential for life on land. It protects us from UV light, and with greenhouse gasses, keeps us warm, and keeps us cool. But too many greenhouse gasses aren’t good. Like most things, there needs to be a balance. Burning coal, gas, and oil are some of the things humans do to release these gasses. As we see in the circle game, the more Co2, or greenhouse gasses, that are present in the atmosphere, the less and less heat can escape, leaving it warmer on the surface. Studies, like the ones we saw from the NCA, show that the effects of global warming are already in effect, and seen in places around the world. The effects of global warming are showing up everywhere.

  3. lucas says:

    I don’t know much but what I do know is that the Earth’s atmosphere is really thick and when things try to go through it makes a fire thing at the front of it. Usually, when things try to come through the atmosphere they burn up. Back to the question, I think that the sun doesn’t get all the energy through to the Earth so if the atmosphere was thinner it would be hotter on Earth.

  4. Nosh || Aaliyah says:

    The Earth’s Atmosphere:
    The Atmosphere around the Earth- from what I know is that it gets thinner as it reaches into space and just becomes space. And that the weather and clouds are founded in almost the first layer which isn’t far but not to close either. And the oxygen fades out until it has no more where space itself has oxygen. And what I believe is that the atmosphere protects Earth from the heat coming from our burning ball of gas what we call our sun. Also, the sun rays/heat affects the Earth’s climate and the type of weather across the world. Making some places colder than others at the moment. And that our own atmosphere is more different from other planets which may be why we so far know why Earth has life and not other planets.

    • Nøsh || Aaliyah says:

      So I’m trying to remember back when we learned a whole lot about the Earth’s atmosphere and it’s a lot, not going to lie. But from I remember from the circle game, is that the more greenhouse gas there is in the atmosphere it’ll trap a lot more heat when it’s like trying to leave and it can sometimes get trapped in and warm up the global temperature, too much for certain living things in the colder areas to live. Like animals in the Northern Hemisphere (near Canada) needs ice to survive and take care of their young, and global warming isn’t helping at all with it. And some human activity can actually help to slow down global warming, but other stuff doesn’t help a whole lot since it’s releasing more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, which isn’t all too well.

  5. Wayne S says:

    I think that the Earth’s atmosphere is somewhat causing a weird sort of rift and the way we get solar energy from the Sun. How it affects Global Climate? Maybe it affects it by rotating on its axis to where we get heat from the sun and if we get farther away from the Sun, the Earth would get colder and colder or along those lines.

    • Wayne S. says:

      How the Earth gets heated up from the energy and heat from the Sun. The Sun releases little bits of heat and it goes toward Earth. When it reaches the Earth, CO2 emissions start trapping heat inside the Earth and bits of heat escapes. The more CO2 emissions in the air, the more heated up the Earth gets.

  6. M.A.M says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere affects energy absorption because the atmosphere kinda blocks some of the sun’s energy so that the Earth doesn’t get a lot more of the sun’s energy then what it needs. Earth’s atmosphere affects the global climate because some clouds block the sun’s energy from coming through. I don’t know so everything I said is a guess.

  7. Laurel says:

    I know nothing about this but, I’ll try to think of something. So I think that the Earth’s atmosphere affects energy by releasing it to Earth. It might work by pulling the energy from the sun first, then bring it down to the atmosphere. Lastly, it would bring it to Earth. Then the energy taken from the sun makes the climate warm because the energy is from the sun.

    • Laurel says:

      The Earth’s atmosphere is warm from heat trapping CO2. That’s not why the Earth is getting so warm, though. The greenhouse gasses that are being emitted into the atmosphere are the problem, like coal. In the NCA website, it shows that the greenhouse gasses are the problem by graphs.

  8. Kirsten says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere affects energy absorption by how the sun makes heat and that heat hits specific places on earth making that place summer. Absorption also gathers dense water in one area making that area compact. Global climate is when the sun reflects off of water then that reflected water gets hot and the heat gets so powerful that the steam starts to rise up into the air.

    • Kirsten says:

      CO2 plays a big part in the earth’s atmosphere by constantly going in and out of it. The greenhouse effect is when the sun hits the planet and heat begins to go into the atmosphere. Then CO2 can go into the atmosphere. Trees, plants, and forests can then get more CO2 if we use less of it so its better for our planet. The global climate is affected by the atmosphere by having heat directly or not directly hitting an area.

  9. xander says:

    The sun gives off UV rays which cause sunburn and skin cancer. The atmosphere absorbs some of the energy because if it didn’t it would be way too hot outside. Also, all shades of colour absorb light like black absorbs the most amount of sunlight and white absorbs less. I think there are UAV rays but I’m not sure and not sure what they do or if they’re a thing. I’m not 100% sure about how the suns rays affect the global climate when the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the sunlight. It has to do with heating up the earth because if it didn’t heat the earth up it would be cold all the time.

    • xander says:

      The earth’s atmosphere is getting warmer because of CO2 increases. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that surrounds the Earth’s atmosphere and when the sun’s heat gets in the earth’s atmosphere the CO2 traps the heat when it bounces off the Earth’s atmosphere. But lately, all kinds of pollution and fossil fuels are being released into the earth’s atmosphere and are releasing an excessive amount of CO2 which is making the global climate Temperatures go up. There is also a layer of the earth’s atmosphere that protects the earth from the harmful rays of the sun called the Ozone layer.

  10. Lilianna says:

    I’m guessing the atmosphere absorbs energy when the Sun rays hit it and the rays go into the Earth’s atmosphere but some reflect back to the sun from clouds leaving Earth kind of moderate and not too hot to the point where everything will catch on fire but to the point where things can be really hot and really cold and where people can live. The energy from the sun affects different parts of Earth depending on what part of Earth is facing the sun and where the sun rays are mostly hitting, The equator which is where things are warmer and where more fruit is grown due to its temperature and the amount of sunlight they get.

  11. Barbara says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere. I’ll take a guess that this has to something with they way the atmosphere was made. The atmosphere probably block out some of the sunlight by absorption maybe by carbon dioxide. This could affect the global climate because of the atmosphere blocking out some of the sun rays, maybe this makes the heat less intense somehow or maybe it could make the heat more intense because it blocks out harmful things from the sun.

    • Barbara says:

      The Earth’s atmosphere holds a ton of carbon dioxide molecules, these molecules are able to block heat as it is trying to leave the atmosphere. The sun rays are passing through the atmosphere, into the earth where it is now exchanged for heat. Now as the heat is trying to leave the atmosphere, the carbon dioxide blocks out some. This can also affect the global climate because when carbon dioxide is being released into the air, this can trap more heat inside of the earth. More carbon dioxide comes from everyday activities on earth such as agriculture, driving cars and polluting the air.

  12. Mandi says:

    Maybe the Earth’s atmosphere is different from other planets maybe from what I know now so far is that the Earth’s atmosphere causes the warmth and energy from the sun to be stronger or weaker than other planets causing the Earth to warm up in colder places?

  13. Alexis says:

    I think the Earth’s atmosphere affects energy absorption and the global climate by how hot or cold it is because if it was cold the sun wouldn’t be giving off heat and the sun wouldn’t be as hot. I also think it affects energy absorption because of carbon dioxide.

  14. Ethan says:

    The atmosphere protects us from the Sun and has something to do with how warm the Earth is. Since it keeps the Earth warm it affects cold areas I think.

  15. logan says:

    The atmosphere has something to do with carbon dioxide and that has something to do with heating up the Earth and all that heat affects the climate.

  16. Caiden says:

    The earth’s atmosphere protects the earth from the sun’s harmful rays. The suns rays go through the atmosphere and bounce off of the earth and get trapped inside the earth’s atmosphere which heats up the earth.

    • caiden says:

      The sun sends heat to the earth’s atmosphere. CO2 sometimes traps heat in the atmosphere while some heat escapes the atmosphere. CO2 is created from cars, forest fires, and trees chopped down so more heat is trapped. Growing trees and using fewer cars gets rid of CO2 so more heat can be released.

  17. Diane says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere has to something with the way the atmosphere was made. The atmosphere probably blocks out some of the sunlight by absorption by carbon dioxide. It could affect the global climate because of the atmosphere blocking out some of the sun rays, maybe this makes the heat less intense somehow or maybe it could make the heat more intense because it blocks out harmful things from the sun.

  18. Marquis says:

    I think the atmosphere gives us gravity and protects us from the Sun’s heatwaves but some of it gets through heating up the Earth. But the atmosphere also gets carbon dioxide and also helps in heating up the Earth.

  19. Sami says:

    I don’t really know but I’m guessing it has something to do with the Earth’s surface absorbing the sun’s energy. And maybe the global climate has something to do with the Earth getting too much sun and heating the planet more than it should.

  20. Cecelia says:

    Maybe because the Earth’s atmosphere needs more of the sun’s heat or rays, especially if the atmosphere is very thick, this could cause the effect of absorption from the sun. The global climate could be affected by the atmosphere because, as I said, it could have changed from the sun’s energy going to the atmosphere, rather than the surface of the Earth, and could cause lower temperatures.

    • Cecelia says:

      When there is more pollution, CO2 is released into the air. Then that CO2 in which is in the atmosphere the little molecules cause heat to be trapped in the atmosphere too. As the sun gives off heat rays this heat goes onto the surface of the earth. When the heat goes off the surface the CO2 in the atmosphere blocks it and only some can get out according to the amount of CO2 in the air. When this heat is trapped it builds up and this is a cause of global warming.

  21. mason says:

    The earth’s atmosphere affects the absorption from the sun because if we didn’t have an ozone layer we would die really fast because we wouldn’t have protection from the UV rays that come from the sun. Also, it absorbs most of the sun’s heat so the earth doesn’t get too hot that people can’t live here, so the atmosphere absorbs it so we don’t get too hot.

    • mason says:

      The Earth’s Atmosphere is affected by the pollution because when CO2 is released into the atmosphere it warms up the atmosphere. When we drive cars it puts in large amounts of CO2 in the air. When there’s more CO2 in the atmosphere it doesn’t let heat out of the atmosphere as easily. In the circle game when there was more CO2 in the atmosphere it was harder for the heat to escape.

  22. Jada says:

    Uhhhh… Well, maybe the atmosphere shields us from some of the sun’s harmful rays. Plus the atmosphere most likely absorbs all the energy and slowly filters it through so that we aren’t exposed to harmful things. The atmosphere is what makes the earth inhabitable so I think that it makes it so the climate isn’t too cold or too warm.

    • Jada says:

      Carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere than the atmosphere traps all the heat to make the earth the right temperature. Radiation from the sun is also filtered through the atmosphere and transferred to the earth when necessary. However, too much carbon can cause temperatures to keep rising. Burning up too much greenhouse gas could give the atmosphere way more carbon than can be distributed. The atmosphere is important to us because it makes sure the earth is the right temperature for humans to survive.

  23. Benjamin says:

    I think the atmosphere protects us from the sun’s rays, but in human development, carbon dioxide sort of destroys the ozone layer and thins out the atmosphere causing the sun to heat up the earth and melting the polar ice caps, which is adding water to the earth.
    Since the sun’s rays are heating up the earth its making places hotter and making cold places colder, making more clouds by evaporating the water and grouping them together to make large amounts of rain, hail, and snow.

  24. Alexis D. says:

    The Earth sucks up all sorts of stuff. one of the things are UV rays that come from the sun. UV rays can get passed the ozone layer. The ozone layer is something that fights off trash coming into our planet. One way the sun affects our global climate is when the sun is closer to one part of the Earth because the Earth is tilted, that’s what makes our seasons.

    • Alexis D. says:

      Carbon dioxide gets in the earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide absorbs the sun’s heat, which warms up the earth more than it should. What causes so much carbon dioxide, is smoke from factors and some from wildfire, cars are also another cause of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  25. Cy says:

    I think that the atmosphere is being gravitated towards the Earth, so when the sun is giving off energy, it goes fast towards the Earth because of the gravity being pulled towards us. And with climate I’m not really sure, maybe -just maybe- the heat from the sun gets warmer when it goes through our atmosphere and so in those parts of the earth around the equator it’s really warm because it’s getting the most sunlight(duh) and the atmosphere is making it even warmer. But I also think that the atmosphere protects us from the sun rays.

  26. caitlin says:

    The atmosphere is so thick it helps absorb and reflect things. So it helps energy that we need to be absorbed(taken in). The atmosphere is made of several different gases. It can also affect the global climate, with the taking in of warm and cold air making the temp go from freezing to burning.

    • Caitlin says:

      I think the atmosphere is made of many different gases. Some of those gases are an o-zone layer, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, etc… But the carbon dioxide levels are rising and the temperature is also rising. The carbon dioxide is trapping the energy from the sun in the atmosphere causing Global Warming.

  27. Hattie says:

    I am guessing that the atmosphere affects climate-based on the heat and the energy that the sun gives off. If the sun gives off too much heat, nobody will be able to live on earth, because it is too hot. And if the sun doesn’t give off enough heat and energy, the earth will be too clod for anyone to live in.

    • Hattie says:

      The earth’s atmosphere traps carbon dioxide, which helps keep us warm. This is called the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is important because, without it, we would freeze and cannot live on earth. The greenhouse effect can also be a bad thing. Carbon dioxide is caused by pollution, which comes from cars and factories. If the earth’s atmosphere catches too much carbon dioxide, we can overheat.

  28. Matt says:

    All I know about the Earth’s atmosphere is that if a piece of metal was flying through space and shot right into Earth’s atmosphere, it will burn up on its way down to Earth. And the Earth’s atmosphere is 300 miles thick. Earth also has an ozone layer. Which absorbs some of the heat from the sun. The ozone keeps the climate from getting too hot. If the climate gets too hot then the icecaps will melt and both of the poles will melt. And then the water will rise.

  29. Denny says:

    I think the atmosphere acts as a kind of shield for the earth by making it so we wouldn’t feel the full effects of the sun’s heat. I also think that the atmosphere distributes the energy around the world but not equally and that is why we have cold parts of the world like Antarctica and Alaska and hot parts like Arizona and Africa

  30. Mandi says:

    The earth’s atmosphere traps in the sun rays, or heat, so the earth gets the right amount of heat from the sun. But the greenhouse gas is trapping in more sun then it needs too making the earth warmer. To much heat can cause death and flooding, then that leads to drowning then that means more death.

  31. Lucas says:

    I’m pretty sure that CO2 gets into the atmosphere by carbon emissions. Greenhouse gasses also contribute to the air warming up and CO2 is created. when we played the circle game with heat and light card I learned that the more taggers/CO2 in the atmosphere the more victims/light is tagged/caught. so the more CO2 the more heat you will have because it doesn’t have as much light.

  32. logan says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere is like a bubble. It keeps all the gravity in and heat and all that heat makes the weather change and the climate. All the CI2 in the atmosphere captures the heat and that is the reason why there is more heat in the world. Each time there is more CO2 there is more heat coming in and making it warmer.

  33. Iris says:

    Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the sun’s damaging rays. The atmosphere, made up of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses, keeps in the amount of heat that we need and lets out heat and rays that might harm us. Climate change happens when too much CO2 and greenhouse gas get emitted and the atmosphere layer becomes too thick. If it doesn’t allow enough heat to get out the Earth warms up too much.

  34. M.A.M says:

    Earth’s atmosphere affects the global climate because it keeps a lot of heat in the earth. When a lot of CO2 is released, it can’t go anywhere beyond the atmosphere. The heat causes glaciers to melt, which causes the sea levels to rise, which affects the global climate because the sea levels are rising which means more precipitation than usual.

  35. Laurel says:

    The Earth’s atmosphere is warm from heat trapping CO2. That’s not why the Earth is getting so warm, though. The greenhouse gasses that are being emitted into the atmosphere are the problem, like coal. In the NCA website, it shows that the greenhouse gasses are the problem by graphs.

  36. Madison says:

    The atmosphere affects energy because when the co2 captures some heat the heat can stay in the atmosphere and keep warm. When there isn’t a lot of co2 the co2 won’t be able to catch a lot of heat.

  37. Alexis says:

    I think the Earth’s atmosphere affects energy absorption and the global climate by how hot or cold it is because Carbon dioxide has things to do with the greenhouse effect and it’s the main greenhouse gas. When the co2 is being released it gets more sun because it traps heat. The greenhouse gas allows direct sunlight to reach Earth’s surface causing it to get more warmer.

  38. Wayne S. says:

    Because of global warming and all that, the Earth is getting more warmer causing the temperatures and humidity to become either super rainy or super hot. You can kinda tell in summer in our state when on one day it can be a big rainstorm and the next day, it can be about 75º.

  39. Sami says:

    The earth absorbs heat that gets trapped by C02. The sun gives off heat, some of the heat is trapped by the C02, but some is reflected. When people pollute the earth it creates more C02 in the air which traps more heat causing the earth to become hotter.

  40. Matt says:

    What I know about this topic is that there is a lot of CO2 going into the atmosphere and that causes global warming. Every gallon of gas that a car burns through about 19 pounds of CO2 goes into the atmosphere. Trees pull CO2 out of the atmosphere during photosynthesis, and we are cutting a lot of trees down. Heat traps CO2 from leaving the atmosphere and we are putting too much into the atmosphere. And the CO2 can’t escape and that causes global temperatures to rise.

  41. oliver says:

    So the light has no trouble getting in but leaving is different because of the co2 in the atmosphere. It traps heat and stops it from getting out. That’s why the earth is getting warmer. And it will keep getting warmer because we keep releasing co2 into the air and it traps more and more heat.

  42. Marquis says:

    The light can get out no problem. But the co2 can’t get out because of the atmosphere. When the co2 gets trapped it causes the atmosphere to heat up causing global warming.

  43. Benjamin says:

    The light or rays of the sun can get in easily, but get getting out is different.
    The Co2 in the atmosphere stops some heat and traps it while some heat can get out.
    In the circle game where some light will become heat and leave the earth’s atmosphere but some heat will stay in the atmosphere.
    The reason why we have warmer days is that people will pollute the earth than it creates more Co2 in the air which traps more heat causing the earth to become hotter and thus causing climate change, and if that happens then sea levels will rise.

  44. jeffrey says:

    The CO2 from the atmosphere will block some of the sun rays that are getting to earth. this also affects the tempter getting higher from global warming because heat is traped from the CO2 in the atmosphere. because of the earth getting hotter there would be more rain and more natural disasters.

  45. Ethan Danielson says:

    Our Atmosphere

    The atmosphere is like a giant bubble around the Earth. It shields the Earth from too much heat from the sun, but it traps some of the heat in and keeps the Earth warm. It traps the oxygen that we need to breathe in the Troposphere, which is right next to the Earth. The middle atmosphere which is made up of chemicals absorbs and scatter ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun. The higher you go, the higher the temperature until you leave the atmosphere.

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