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How does the atmosphere protect the Earth from becoming too hot or cold?

When solar energy strikes the planet during the day, the ground, highways and other objects get hot and absorb that energy. As the sun goes down, the Earth cools by giving off infrared radiation. Because greenhouse gases absorb part of this radiation, the atmosphere warms and keeps the Earth from getting too cold.

What does the atmosphere do for Earth?

Not only does it contain the oxygen we need to live, but it also protects us from harmful ultraviolet solar radiation. It creates the pressure without which liquid water couldn’t exist on our planet’s surface. And it warms our planet and keeps temperatures habitable for our living Earth.

Is our earth very cold or very hot to support life?

Of all of the planets that have been found, Earth is the only one known to support life. This “perfect” temperature exists because Earth lies in a “Goldilocks zone” in terms of temperature, being neither too hot nor too cold to support life. NASA has reported that the average temperature of the earth is 15°C.

What happens if Earth gets too hot?

If warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius, more than 70 percent of Earth’s coastlines will see sea-level rise greater than 0.66 feet (0.2 meters), resulting in increased coastal flooding, beach erosion, salinization of water supplies and other impacts on humans and ecological systems.

How hot was the hottest day ever?

Higher temperatures have been reported than the one recorded on Sunday, but many climate scientists have questioned the reliability of these readings. For example, Death Valley claims the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in 1913, at 134 degrees.

Is 2020 the hottest summer in Phoenix?

Summer 2020 is also officially the hottest summer on record for Phoenix. The average temperature for the month of August reached 99.1 degrees. Previously, the hottest month on record was July 2020 with an average temperature of 98.9 degrees.

What temperature is too hot for humans to survive?

The maximum body temperature a human can survive is 108.14°F. At higher temperatures the body turns into scrambled eggs: proteins are denatured and the brain gets damaged irreparably.