Is the Earth Warming? The Greenhouse Effect, Cellular Respiration, and Photosynthesis

Is the Earth Warming?
The Greenhouse Effect, Cellular
Respiration, and Photosynthesis
Copyright © 2007 Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc.
4.1 The Greenhouse Effect
• The greenhouse effect,
the accumulation of
specific gases:
– Methane
– Nitrous oxide
– Water vapor
– Carbon dioxide
• Less heat escapes to
• More heat remains in the
The Greenhouse Effect
• It is important to have
some greenhouse
gases in the
• If not, all the heat
would escape and the
planet would be too
cold to support life
Cars, trucks, power plants and factories all
emit air pollution that forms ground-level
ozone or smog.
Many popular consumer products like air
conditioners and refrigerators involve
CFCs or halons during either manufacture
or use. These chemicals damage the
earth's protective ozone layer.
Water, Heat, and
• Heat is the total amount of energy
associated with the movement of
atoms and molecules in a substance
• Temperature is the intensity of heat
• Hydrogen bonds between water
molecules are constantly breaking
(absorbing heat) and reforming
(releasing heat)
• Bodies of water absorb heat and
keep temperatures stable
• Water’s high heat absorbing
capacity has important effects on
Earths’s climate
Carbon Dioxide
• The oceans act as
the largest heat
and carbon
dioxide reservoir
• But scientists
question how
much more can
they hold
• Human activities
have caused an
increase in levels
of carbon dioxide
• Mainly from
burning fossil
The Greenhouse Effect, Organisms,
and Their Environment
• Has human activity affected the natural
cycle of temperature on Earth?
• The effects of warmer temperatures are
The Greenhouse Effect, Organisms,
and Their Environment
• Glacier National Park,
– Glaciers are shrinking
and disappearing
– From 150 glaciers in
1850 to 35 glaciers in
• Greenland icecap is
thinner every year
• Many ice shelves have
collapsed in Antarctica
• Mount Kilimanjaro in
Tanzania has lost
82% of its ice cap
since 1912
The Greenhouse Effect, Organisms, and
Their Environment
• Effects on climate:
– Sea levels rose
4-8 inches in the
20th century due
to melting ice
– Increases in rain
and snow
– Increases in
(frequency and
Identify 3 greenhouse gases
• Methane
• Carbon dioxide
• Nitrous oxide
What is the main contributer of
carbon dioxide to the
• Burning of fossil fuels
What are the main
consequences of the
greenhouse effect?
• Melting ice caps
• Sea levels rising
• More severe storms
• CO2 is recycled between:
plants and animals
– atmosphere
– bodies of water
– soil
Carbon Dioxide
• Plants use energy from
sunlight to produce
organic molecules by the
process of
– Photosynthesis
take energy from
the sun and turn it
into energy in food
– Photosynthesis
also releases
oxygen (O2) into
the atmosphere
• In cellular
respiration, plants
and animals harvest
energy from food and
put it into ATP
• The metabolism of
organic molecules by
cellular respiration
produces energy and
water, as well as CO2,
which is put into the
4.2 Cellular
• Cellular respiration
converts energy stored in
chemical bonds into
energy used by cells
• Cells use ATP
triphosphate) as their
energy source
• ATP can supply energy to
cells because it stores
energy obtained from food
The Structure of ATP
• A nucleotide made up
of an adenine (base),
sugar, and three
• The negative charges
repel each other,
contributing to the
stored energy of ATP
The Structure of ATP
• When ATP (adenosine triphosphate) releases a
phosphate, it becomes ADP (adenosine diphosphate)
• The phosphate released from ATP can be donated to
another molecule (such as an enzyme) in a process
called phosphorylation…
The Functions of ATP
ATP helps carry out many
functions in cells:
• Mechanical work − such
as the movement of
proteins in muscles
• Transport work − such as
the movement of
substances across
• Chemical work − such as
making complex
molecules out of simple
An ATP molecule is made up of
3 parts:
• Sugar
• 3 phosphate groups
• adenine
Identify 3 functions of ATP
• Mechanical work
• Transport work
• Chemical work
When ATP ____________
another molecule it becomes
• Phosphorylates
Cellular Respiration
• ATP is in high demand and is regenerated
from ADP through cellular respiration
Cellular Respiration
• Cellular respiration
(also called aerobic
respiration) requires
• Humans breathe in to
supply oxygen to their
• Exhalation gives off
carbon dioxide, a
waste product of
A General Overview of
Cellular Respiration
• All food is broken down to produce ATP
The equation for carbohydrate breakdown:
The 3 steps of cellular respiration are:
• Glycolysis
• The Krebs cycle
• Electron Transport
• A 6-carbon glucose molecule is broken down
into two 3-carbon pyruvic acid molecules
• Occurs in the cytosol
• Does not require oxygen (anaerobic)
• Makes very little ATP (2)
• After glycolysis, the two 3-carbon pyruvic acid
molecules move into the mitochondria
• Mitochondria are organelles found in all
eukaryotes (protist, fungi, plant, and animal
• The molecules move
across the two
mitochondrial membranes
and into the matrix of the
mitochondrion where the
Krebs cycle begins
Krebs Cycle
Krebs Cycle
Where is the energy?
• The energy from the
food is:
– Directly put into
– Put into transport
The Electron Transport Chain
•Series of proteins in the inner mitochondrial membrane
•Passes electrons down the chain and are picked up by oxygen
•As this occurs, H+ ions are pulled across the membrane into the inner
membrane space
• Each molecule of glucose is broken down, resulting in
carbon dioxide and water and ATP energy
Metabolism of Other Nutrients
• Proteins and fats are also food molecules
that contain energy
• They are broken down, but not in exactly
the same steps
Anaerobic process
– Series of ATP producing
reactions that do not require
– Glycolysis breaks down glucose
into molecules of pyruvic acid
and produces two molecules of
– If sufficient oxygen is present,
pyruvic acid formed by
glycolysis enters aerobic
respiration pathways producing
a large amount of ATP
– If oxygen levels are low:
• Animals pyruvic acid is
converted to lactic acid
which is carried away by the
• Bacteria/yeast pyruvic
acid is converted to ethanol
and carbon dioxide
– Anaerobic respiration can
provide enough energy for
about 30 to 40 seconds of
muscle activity
Global Warming and Cellular Respiration
• Increased global temperatures
speed up the life cycle of the
spruce bark beetle
• Beetles bore holes in bark of
spruce trees causing the
spruce trees to die
• Without cold winters, the
spruce bark beetles continue
to multiply
• Warmer temperatures make
enzymes work faster, so
metabolic processes work
faster; beetles mature twice as
• More beetles means more
dead trees, which increases
forest fires releasing CO2 in
the air and heat into the
List the 3 steps of cellular
respiration and identify where
each takes place:
• Glycolysis; cytosol
• Krebs Cycle:
mitochondrial matrix
• Electron Transport
chain: inner
membrane of
Identify the products of
• 2 pyruvate molecules
• 2 ATP
Identify the products of the Kreb
• 2 ATP
• Carbon dioxide
• 2 NADH
What are the products of
electron transport chain?
• 34 – 36 ATP
• Water
What is the final electron
acceptor in the electron
transport chain?
• Oxygen