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ENERGY AND CLIMATE Student’s Name The Name of the Class (Course) Professor (Tutor) The Name of the School (University) The City and State Date Earth’s Energy Balance Greenhouse gases impact ‘Energy Lost’ term in the Earth’s energy balance equation. Changing surface and ocean temperatures reflect ‘Change in storage’ term in the Earth’s energy balance equation. Energy from the Sun The statement ‘summer is warmer than winter because the Earth is closer to the sun’ is False Distributing Energy around the Planet 7. The statement “The equator is warmer primarily because it is closer to the sun than the poles” is not true with regards to global energy gradient. The Role of Greenhouse Gases in Energy Balance 10. Greenhouse gases are transparent to shortwave radiation but trap longwave radiation, increasing temperatures. 11. N2 and o2 are not greenhouse gases Climate Change 12. The statement “Although greenhouse gas emissions have been increasing rapidly since the Industrial Revolution, global average surface temperatures have not increased because all of the emitted CO2 has been absorbed by the oceans” is

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