This week you will prepare a Cause and Effect Essay (assignment directions are in the Topic 4 Folder). Watch the local news or go online and read news as presented….
How does this value compare to (b) the total world annual energy consumption of about 5.0 * 1020 J?
The specific heat of a substance is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 g of the substance by 1 °C. The specific heat of air varies with temperature and humidity, but for ordinary calculations a value of 1.0 kJ/ (kg K) (1.0 kJ/kg °C) is sufficient. The average temperature of Earth according to NASA figures is 15 °C, and the mass of Earth’s atmosphere is 5.1 * 1018 kg. (a) How much heat, in kilojoules, is added to the atmosphere for a 1.15 °C increase in temperature? How does this value compare to (b) the total world annual energy consumption of about 5.0 * 1020 J? (c) a hurricane that releases about 2 * 1022 J?