Carbon Cycle and Global Warming

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Running head: HUMAN IMPACT ON CARBON CYCLE1Human Impact on Carbon CycleNameInstitution
2HUMAN IMPACT OF CARBON CYCLEHuman impact on the carbon cycleThis report is about the human impact on the carbon cycle and global warming.The Carbon cycleThe carbon cycle is the procedure through which carbon is transferred from the atmosphere tothe earth and then back to the atmosphere. It is a process that maintains life on earth byrecycling carbon in the atmosphere. Carbon gets into the atmosphere through cellular respirationand burning of fossil fuels and is absorbed by the primary producers (plants) to make their ownfood through photosynthesis with the release of oxygen. Cellular respiration and photosynthesisare the main processes in the carbon cycle. Cellular respiration is the process through whichanimals break down glucose to energy in the form of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) whilephotosynthesis is a process through which plants transform light energy from the sun to energyin the form of sugars in the presence of carbon (IV) oxide. Cellular respiration andphotosynthesis have some similarity in that they both involve the production of energy, exchangeof gases and both take place in cell organelles. They are however different in that photosynthesistakes place at the chloroplast in plants while cellular respiration takes place in the mitochondriain animals. Also, in photosynthesis, carbon (IV) oxide is used to produce energy with the releaseof oxygen while in respiration oxygen is used to produce energy with the release of carbon ivoxide. These processes cannot exist in absence of the other because they provide each other withthe necessary raw materials: photosynthesis uses carbon (IV) oxide which is a by-product ofcellular respiration and respiration uses glucose (sugars) and oxygen which are the product ofphotosynthesis.Global Warming
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