Is It Man-made or Mother Nature or Both?
Rowena R. Chaple
Dependency of Man on the Environment
Mr. Bryan Lombard
August 29, 2010
global warming – Is It Man-Made or Mother Nature or Both?
Even though some people are skeptics and believe global warming is just a smoke screen or an environmental fad to get the government to fund programs for useless research and these funds could be better spent on other causes. There are other people who really take global warming seriously and work very hard to make the quality of life on earth better and be more sustainable. While these skeptics voice their opinions, those who believe our earth is warming up have shown that indeed it is and the human race is only partly to blame for the issue, that Mother Nature has her own agenda in the warming of the earth. The skeptics feel that there is no conclusive evidence that climate change is happening, even though there is evidence of changes in the measured temperature of the earth, the skeptics feel it is a natural thing and nothing to worry about. With warmer summers, colder winters, the variation in the precipitation around the world, the floods, the hurricanes that are getting stronger leads us to wonder. After years of some people believing and others being skeptical over the existence of global warming, it has been deemed a fact and no matter how we look at it, the hard truth is that humans may be causing part of it, but Mother Nature is causing the other part. If we continue to haggle over whether global warming is a real threat or not, we are wasting our time and resources of not finding a viable solution to global warming and are putting our planet at greater risk.
... cause to our Mother Nature. We always want to live an easy life, even if this means exploiting our resources. Global warming is the ... as sons and daughters of Mother Earth. We people tend to destroy everything we have in nature. We are all after for ... Skeptics are voicing out their opinions, saying that it’s just due to natural variability, that Mother Earth has its own agenda in warming the earth. ...
The believers think the increased temperatures of the earth prove that global warming exists as the main problem and it should be taken seriously. The skeptics believe the increase in temperature is just a natural happening, and if there is such a thing as global warming it is nothing major to worry about. The believers also feel humans have to take some responsibility in the global warming process. Humans contribute to growth and advancement of industry, which leads to an increase in air pollution, greenhouse gases and the burning of fossil fuels. The skeptics still feel global warming is a natural event and seems to not worry too much about it.
Associated Press Special Correspondent Charles J. Hanley wrote that the “Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It’s not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way ( Aug 12, 2010, para 1).
With the heat wave that hit Moscow this past week, the people who believe in global warming would say this was a sure sign of it. The skeptics would say it was just a natural occurrence. This heat wave blasted Moscow and at one point over seven-hundred people died on a daily basis (Ritter, Aug. 10, 2010).
The heat wave triggered forest fires and the drought caused the peat bogs to burn and put off toxic fumes in the air. Again the skeptics would say this was just a natural occurrence. Believer would say global warming had a part in the weather patterns which has changed and caused this heat wave.
The massive record-breaking snow storms this past winter had a lot of the east coast buried under large amounts of snow. Skeptics of global warming just pointed out what they saw was just plain older Mother Nature doing her thing and the believers of global warming would say this was caused by man. Usually these unusual weather happenings tell us there are some climate changes happening already. It was coincidental and ironic while the east coast had an over abundance of snow, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver had to have snow brought in. According to the New York Times, Climate Scientists maintain that no single weather event can be used by either the proponents or critics as justification for their beliefs. But, Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who writes for the Weather Underground, notes that government and academic studies point to the increasing frequency of severe weather (New York Times, Feb.10, 2010).
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A lot of effort seems to go into information to deceive the public about the reality of global warming. Our textbook Taking Sides, by Thomas A. Easton tells us about Exxon-Mobil and how they underwrote one of the best and most successful disinformation campaigns ever, it was even greater than the one the tobacco industry wrote that misled the public about the dangers of smoking. With large corporations that go about doing this sort of thing it is no wonder there are skeptics when it comes to our environmental world. Exxon-Mobile wrote a very deceiving article about global warming. They raised doubts about the most valid and indisputable scientific evidence; They had a way of laundering the information by having what appeared to be independent front organizations to relay the message they wanted put out and that confused the public.; They used spokespersons who had a scientific background that more or less did a pick and choose of the facts that were to be presented in an attempt to persuade the media and the public that there was still an ongoing debate among the science community burning fossil fuels was contributing to global warming and that human cause would have serious consequences (Easton, 2009).
David McKnight, an associate professor at the University of New South Wales (Australia), notes that there several reasons why companies such as Exxon have had some success playing the global warming denial card. “First, the implications of the science are frightening. Shifting to renewable energy will be costly and disruptive. Second, doubt is an easy product to sell. Climate denial tells us what we all secretly want to hear. Third, science is portrayed as political orthodoxy rather than objective knowledge, a curiously postmodern argument,” he writes. While the tobacco industry is often referred to as the template for the fossil fuel industry’s campaign, McKnight argues that there is an important distinction. “There are no ‘smoke-free areas’ on the planet. Climate denial may turn out to be the world’s most deadly PR campaign,” he concludes. (Source Watch).
In the last past years, the Earth has been experiencing increasing temperatures, leading to harmful consequences on our planet and its habitants. This has been researched and analysed, concluding to name such changes as Global climate change. As explained by the US agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are 7 indicators that would be expected to increase in a ...
For the past several years skeptics and believers alike have debated back and forth about the causes of global warming. The believers say that if the man-made causes are left untouched and steadily get worse these causes may not be able to be reversed. A few examples of these are: the rainforest reductions, depletion of the ozone, and the use of fossil fuels. Skeptics claim that the warming of the earth is just a natural process and that the overall effect man has on nature is vastly overrated. The issue is still the same the earth’s climate is warming (Lamb, A. and Johnson, L., June 6, 2006).
In February of this year, President Obama sought to dramatically increase federal funding for global warming research in light of the Climate-gate scandals that have emerged. Critics such as Professor Don Easterbrook of Western Washington University’s department of Geology said the federal money “ought to be spent carrying out real research on the climate”. He said “most of the federal funds so far have been spent on what he terms “political science,” which aims to find a manmade cause of global warming when there are any number of ways to investigate the causes of temperature change. These are political motivations rather than purely scientific reasons” he said, “This is a travesty” (Fox News, Feb 14, 2010).
While both sides of this issue have valid points, most climate scientists maintain that man-made global warming is happening. says that the only contentious aspect of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , an entity established by the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization) is attribution – what is the cause of global warming and climate change,” says atmospheric physicist S. Fred Singer, who is president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a public policy institute based in Arlington, Va. “We have looked at every bit of data that IPCC has brought forth, and we see no credible evidence for human-caused global warming. None” (Science Daily, Dec 9, 2009).
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There needs to be a meeting of the two sides in the middle and work together. The greenhouse effect is vital for humans and the biodiversity. Without these greenhouse gases that are provided by nature, the earth actually would not be warm enough for humans to live, and the biodiversity to develop. However, we need to control the amount types of greenhouse gases that are released.
How does global warming affect sustainable development? With the global warming producing stronger hurricanes, those people who live on a coastline will be either driven further inland to prevent harm from coming to them or their families. The world’s areas that are prone to natural hazards of weather pose specific problems to the community’s abilities to build structures to withstand these storms, let alone they also have to find ways to protect their food sources as well. With the variation of the weather around the world, it is obvious something is happening to our environment and we need to learn how to adapt and become more efficient and take care of our planet.
If we continue to haggle over whether global warming is a real threat or not, we are wasting our time and resources of not finding a viable solution to global warming and are putting our planet at greater risk. While these skeptics and believers voice their opinions, our earth is warming up. The human race is only partly to blame as Mother Nature has her own agenda in the warming of the earth. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) America can start helping slow down the global warming process by repowering, refueling and rebuilding. The NRDC lists five steps that are necessary in solving global warming: Set limits on global warming pollution; Invest in green jobs & clean energy; Drive smarter cars; Create green homes and building; Build better communities and transportation networks. We cannot afford to delay (NRDC, 2010).
The skeptics have their beliefs and the believers have theirs, both sides need to join together and work to save our planet. Global warming is caused both by man and by Mother Nature.
As a human you want to see the world and when you are young you first start to travel. At first it is small and usually just within your hometown, but as you get older you start going to other states and soon you are going to other countries. But when you take a step back and think about how many people are doing the same things as you, you have to realize that in some way you are effecting the ...
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