I'm 100% sure that humans do not CAUSE global warming, but I'm also positive that our influence is very significant in that matter.
There are five gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect:
- water vapor - it increases as the Earth's atmosphere warms. Although the warmer the atmosphere is the more clouds it creates, and clouds do cool the atmosphere down.
- carbon dioxide - it's released to Earth's atmosphere mostly through natural processes such as respiration and volcano eruptions. The humanity increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration by a third since Industrial Revolution began.
- methane - gas produced through natural processes and human activities (e.g. decomposition of wastes, agriculture, manure management). Much more effective than carbon dioxide, but also less abundant in the atmosphere.
- nitrous oxide - is a gas produced mostly by soil cultivation (!)
- chlorofluorocarbons - greenhouse gases that are now highly regulated for their ability to destroy the ozone layer. They are entirely of industrial origin.
Although the rapid climate change is very dangerous (it warms the oceans and melts glaciers), we must not forget that without the greenhouse effect there would not be any life on Earth. Planet Mars has a very thin atmosphere, and although there is a lot of carbon dioxide in it, it lacks water vapor and methane. Mars' surface is mostly a frozen wasteland without any signs of life.