Sample Paper on Energy imbalance: The greatest threat by man on Climate change

Energy imbalance: The greatest threat by man on Climate change


Energy imbalance is the process by which the sun’s incoming energy is used and gets back to space. When outgoing and incoming energy are in balance, global temperatures remain constant. People leaving in a locality should realize that their existence depends entirely on limited resources around them (Stephens 691-692).


The earth’s climate heavily depends on energy balance. The energy within and without the earth have to be stable to have a stable climate. These energies control the earthly temperature which in turn affects other weather elements like rain, humidity and wind. Any interference to this energy balance results to climate change. Such factors disrupting the balance, as various climatic forces, are sometimes natural and most times human activity related. The massive climate change experienced in the world all over has been due to human activities and innovations (Lean114-115).

Humans beings have prided themselves on the level of inventions made in the world all over for several decades; starting with the invention of a train, cars which came with the invention of sources of energy such as coal and petroleum (Meehl 1391 -1393). With these inventions, work of man has been greatly eased. People have been working tirelessly to achieve more speed and more efficiency in these machines. More and more of these machines and industries consuming the petroleum drilled every hour at the oil mines in the Middle East have been produced. Many states have prided themselves in providing Job opportunities to the seemingly jobless population but unknown to them their works and efforts to make the world better have been slowly and constantly killing the world (Stephens 691-693).

More cars mean a plus to the oil mining industries since they get more income inflow. On the other hand, this has a very deadly impact on the environment. With more cars, more fuels are burnt and meaning lots of Carbon dioxide, and other gasses are released into the environment. The gasses released have a blanket effect on the energy flow thus causing the greenhouse effect (Meehl 1386 -1389).

The burning of various fuels for domestic use also impacts an imbalance in the atmosphere. While we enjoy the steam meals cooked in our kitchens, we are oblivious to the effects our cooking whether with firewood, kerosene stoves or natural gas. The burning of these to produce fire, though beneficial to us, release CO2 and methane which contribute to global warming through greenhouse effects (Stephens 693-694).

The increased industrial production of various goods tailored to meet human needs has also affected energy balance. For instance, the beauty industry is one of the fast moving in the world since almost everyone wants to look better than they are naturally. As the industries produce beauty products in masses, the industries release sulfate aerosols. Unlike the greenhouse gasses, these aerosols offset warming of the earth and causes cooling. Although the aerosols stay in the atmosphere for shorter periods, their effects are intense to the world climate (Meehl 1383 -1384).




Global warming is the top most contributors to earth’s energy imbalance and climate changes. The warming leads to disruption of energy balance on earth, causes melting of polar ice, resulting in high ocean water volumes and consequently the unpredictable climate. Interestingly global warming is caused by works of humans (Lean111-113).

Works Cited

Lean, Judith L. “Cycles and trends in solar irradiance and climate.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1.1 (2010): 111-122.

Meehl, G. A., et al. “The WCRP CMIP3 multi-model dataset: A new era in climate change research.” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society88 (2007): 1383-1394.

Stephens, Graeme L., et al. “An update on Earth’s energy balance in light of the latest global observations.” Nature Geoscience 5.10 (2012): 691-696.