The earth is a complex system, which continues to evolve and change. Climate change and global warming are currently popular in the political agenda. But what does “climate” really mean? The difference between weather and climate can be conveyed in a single sentence: “Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get.” Based on research of the geologic record, we know that climate change has happened throughout Earth's history and at present, ever-increasing evidence points to the roles that humans play in altering Earth systems. The Earth and its atmosphere receive heat energy from the sun; the atmospheric heat budget of the Earth depends on the balance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing radiation from the planet; which has been constant over the last few thousand years. However present evidence seems to suggest that the recent increase in temperature has been brought about by pollution of the atmosphere, in particular the release of huge amounts of carbon dioxide, mostly through Anthropogenic Forcing (human activity) and other various internal and external factors. I...
“Climatism is the belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying earth’s climate” said Steve Goreham, the executive director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and author of the book “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania”. Historically, earth climate has become a major problem after the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th century and it significantly becomes a big concern in the present days. This essay will illustrate the possible root of climate change which is caused by mankind as well as nature.
“Global climate change” is the hippest buzz phrase for radical environmentalists, dutiful scientists, industry heads, and policy-makers alike. Philosophically, it is proof that the environment is humanity’s connective tissue; whether your life’s work is spent tilling a field, manufacturing steel, or conducting conference calls, global climate change affects you. The gravity of this human-environment issue is highlighted in the headlines of the EPA’s “Science and Policy News”: “Researchers See ‘No Doubt’ of Human Influence on Climate,” “Climate Change May Be Greater Threat to Biodiversity than Habitat Loss,” “Largest Arctic Ice Shelf Breaks Up” (http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/NewsandEventsScienceandPolicyNews.html). To ensure the further sustainable progress of humanity, it is critical that we work to understand our relationship to climate and its changes.
“The current climate change is an outer mirror of our inner consciousness. It is an outer mirror of our attitude to try to conquer nature, instead of being in harmony with nature, but in the end the part can never conquer the whole.” - Swami Dhyan Giten. Climate change has been a common topic for discussion and debate in recent years. Many people question the idea of global warming and prefer to categorize it as a merely a theory. Whereas there are other individuals are certain about the effects and consequences of environmental pollution on the global climate. Although climate change is often seen as a theory, there are an abundance of facts to support its existence.
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“Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era and of human civilization” (Jenkins). Whether climate change is real or not has highly been debated among scientists and politicians. In his article, “Is Climate Change Real,” science and political journalist Chris Mooney concludes that skeptics of climate change are influenced by political beliefs and economic interests; moreover, science and politics are interconnected because the government provide funds for scientists to continue their research and use their conclusions to support the political beliefs they belong to. Bottum and Anderson, in their article, “Unchanging Science,” describe climate change as cyclic and claim there is no way to demonstrate it. In Contrast, Sarah Laskow, in her article, “Debunking Green living: Combatting Climate Change Requires Lifestyle Changes, Not Organic Products” purports climate change is real and in order to combat this issue, individuals will have to make modifications to their lifestyles. The existence of climate change is supported by scientific evidence that shows it has worsened over the past century due to the rise of sea level, human expansion of the greenhouse effect, and economic interests; therefore, individuals, along with the government must take steps to prevent further disaster of climate change.
Climate change is on the international policy agenda primarily because of warnings from scientists. Their forecasts of a potentially dangerous increase in the average global temperature, fortuitously assisted by unusual weather events, have prompted governments to enter into perhaps the most complicated and most significant set of negotiations ever attempted. Key questions - the rapidity of global climate change, its effects on the natural systems on which humans depend, and the options available to lessen or adapt to such change - have energized the scientific and related communities in analyses that are deeply dependent on scientific evidence and research.
You may have noticed how different the climate is today compared to ten years ago. This has been one of the warmest winters in history. I watch the news every morning and I see that millions of people living in areas where at least a foot of rain, ice, sleet and snow are being dumped on them daily. The ice is so thick that it is causing power lines to freeze and snap leaving them without power and freezing for days. Many must evacuate to other locations that is if they are able to go outside or even drive their cars. Let’s not forget the more frequent flooding of the rivers, wildfires and mudslides, the increased storms such as tornados, and hurricanes. There has been 11 tornados sighted so far this year in California now that is very unusual for sunny California. With the rise of carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere, the temperature is rising every year. Have you ever thought of what could be causing these changes in the climate? There have been studies conducted and the Climatologists have come to a conclusion that the rise of the carbon dioxide (CO2) levels has made the earth’s atmosphere hotter than what it was millions of years ago. This paper we will concentrate on how the CO2 levels are the key issue in climate change. First, we will find out just what carbon dioxide is and how CO2 traps sun’s heat in the atmosphere. Second, the greenhouse effect will be discussed, as well as how human activity is affecting the climate. Finally, we will talk about ways to reduce the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
In recent years, scientists have discovered that humans are causing climate change, day after day. Human activities such as burning fossil fuels, or chopping down trees are not only harming our air, they are also causing the earth’s temperature to dramatically rise. According to The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, "global mean air surface temperature increased by 0.5 degrees Celsius in the 20th century and is projected to further increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius in this century” (Shaobing, Jianliang, Sheehy, Laza, Visperas, Zhong, Centeno, Khush, & Cassman 9971). With such high rising temperatures comes the rise of greenhouse gases. It is an accepted fact that climate change is natural, but what is not natural is the human-caused effect of greenhouse gases. “The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has progressively increased over the last century or so. For example, [CO2] has increased from pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm to 379 ppm” (Craufurd & Wheeler 2529). Raising C02 is weakening our air, our environment, and even our precious lives. With such high t...
The first part of this essay discusses what the human species has done to deal with the problem of climate change. While some improvements have been made, the problem has not been addressed aggressively enough to stop the damage. What is amazing about this is the denial of so many people that problems exist. If they do realize the risks, they are simply not taking actions to contain the damage.