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From Taylor G

by on December 2, 2013

On Climate

 

http://news.yahoo.com/greenhouse-gas-volumes-reached-high-2012-wmo-100418687.html

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6 Comments
  1. Phil Ubriaco permalink

    In regards to the 1st article. It is definitely interesting and somewhat awesome to see what our planet would look like with a 216 foot increase in sea level. However may cool and stunning it may look, the question I would keep in mind is that of climate refugees. If the earth, right now, has 6.5 billion inhabitants (growing everyday), where could these people who’s homes and countries have been destroyed go to? The scary thing is that most of the people would be deceased, but overpopulation would still be a looming factor in 5,000 years. The attitude we and others have taken on is “who cares, it’s 5000 years from now” but we are the start of controlling future lives’ destinies. Rolling back on green house gas emissions is pivotal in not only saving lives 5,000 years from now, but lives in the present and immediate future.

  2. Phil Ubriaco permalink

    In regards to the 2nd article, I’d like to look at the mindset of an average American who may not have had the opportunity to learn about global warming and climate change. While I believe this article is credible and true, average Americans are most likely tired and confused about global warming. We’ve been hearing it in the news for more than a decade now and each time is different- “nothing is melting” “everything is melting” “no global warming” “yes global warming”; setting the facts aside an average person is sick and tired of the flip-flop of the press and coverage and is most likely not caring. Although this is not the best stance to take on such an important matter, I believe nations (like the US) should focus on cracking down on green house gas emissions on huge corporations and oil companies. This would not only set example for the entire world (because let’s face it, the US doesn’t do too much to help) but also the average American may realize the seriousness of the problem and work harder to take the right precautions. There needs to be a definite answer for Americans who are in denial or doubt about global warming and there needs to be great measures taken by industrialized nations.

  3. I think the first article is really interesting. As we have discussed in class, catastrophes usually hit poorer nations or areas first and the hardest. Here, with an estimate of how the world would look if sea level rose 216 feet, we can see how everyone would be affected. Although an extreme case-scenario and well into the future, the maps allow us to see what could happen anywhere (not just an isolated village in Alaska or a poorer nation). Living in a coastal town in Connecticut, I see that my home would be non-existent. Right now we might only see the disproportional effects of climate change, but in the future, we will all have to pay the consequences. Maybe these images can scare some people out of their selective attention mindset.

  4. Ashley Leonard permalink

    What I found to be most disturbing about these articles was the denial and selective attention our world has regarding climate change, global warming, and the devastating factors that such changes to our environment will have to our future if we don’t change: now. In regards to the first article, I think it would have been more realistic to show changes of sea level and what Earth would look like in 50-100 years from now if we don’t change the way we have been currently polluting our environment. By placing the most devastating consequence imaginable, all of the world’s ice melting and a sea level rise of 216 feet, that would be most likely to happen 5,000 years from now gives our human population the safety of selective attention and possible denial that such an incident could even occur. And if this were the truth, our current population and future generation closest to us would not be the ones suffering. Therefore, and what has been the case for the past few centuries, we can continue to our daily lives without thinking about the consequences because we won’t be the ones suffering. But how long can we live like this? Every year we have been facing the consequences, especially regarding our 2 degrees Celsius limit, and the problems, (with scientific and statistical evidence) are only getting worse. We need to stop living in the moment with our actions against the environment and make changes regarding our present lifestyle so we can save the future of our existence.

  5. Colleen Ahern permalink

    In regards to the first article, I think it is really interesting to examine what would happen if all the ice melted and there was a 216 ft increase in sea level. Even though this wouldn’t and couldn’t happen anytime soon, it is still important to imagine the worst-case scenario of the future because it causes people to stop and think about the effects we are causing NOW having an effect on the world later. I live in Illinois, which would apparently not be underwater, but for the coastal areas like California and Florida that are highly populated, they would have to move inland. Possible effect of this would be overcrowding of people, which would have bad effects on the environment in regards to pollution and resource distribution. A rise in temperature would also make a lot of areas inhabitable because of the re-existing heat in regards to placement near the equator. The number one factor we can focus on reducing in order to avoid this in the future is the amount of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere. We need to make the change now in order to save future generations from this fate.

  6. aliscalici permalink

    This is so scary to think about. What would we do? Where would we put people? The rising water level would eventually cause people to relocate and that would potentially in turn cause mass chaos. I do not want to see a world where the place that I now live is probably going to be underwater at some point in the future. These projections are and should be alarming, yet we continue to pollute and cause more environmental problems.

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