I’ve chosen the topic: ‘Global Warming’ to analyse bacause it has become a major scientific and social issue during the past decade. Global Warming-the increase in greenhouse gasses- has captured broad public attention. It should be investigated because it would easily demage the nature and many soico-cultural aspects of life. In the following paragraps, I will introduce you some of the writers, such as Vaclav Smil, Ross Gelbspan ,John Bongaarts and Jennifer Mccullough and their approaches to this global problem. My starting point will be in giving you the issues mainly discussed by these writers. First of all, although these commentators differenciate in their approaches, they all agree that the green-house effect would have catastrophic consequences that can be easily observed on earth. They all chose to begin their articles by identifying what global warming is and the reasons for it. Then they all indicate possible solutions inorder to solve the problem or at least minimize the effects. Moreover, they emphasize on the governmental and international actions which have been taken to cope with this long crisis. All of them interprets through a crossinternational framework.
That’s because ‘Global Warming’ has been a world problem. However, the articles differ in many ways. The way they explain the issues are not the same. Vaclav Smil for example, discusses about the issue more generally, by giving some historical data and responses from people. On the other hand, jennifer McCullough only talks about one of the governmental actions: ‘Kyoto agreement’ and the responsibilities of an individual for decreasing the CO2 emmisions per year. So, Vaclav Smil follows a historical approach in expressing his ideas. On the other side, Stephen H. Schneider, in his article named:’Greenhouse Effect’, emphasizes more on scientific and political studies on Global Warming. He points out the scientific issues surrounding the greenhouse effect such as projecting emmisions and regional climate responses. Then, he gives information about the policy responses. So, we can denote that he generally looks into this issue in a political and scientific way. John Bongaarts however, mainly focuses on population growth and say that it’s expected to be one of the principal factors determining annual CO2 emmision rates. Furthermore, just as Smil does, he includes different graphs in his article to point out the positive correlation between population growth and Global Warming. Although all of the writers except Jennifer, mentions about the consequences of G.W., Ross focuses mainly on large-size climate changes. On the other hand, Vaclav for example, states that carbondioxide emmision can also be beneficial on productivity depending on the emmited amount. In the end of their articles, both Vaclav, Stephen,Bongaarts and Ross indicate that governmental actions should be taken because waiting would be insufficient and if we wait, we would have to adapt to a larger amount of changes. On the other hand, Jennifer only focuses on individual actions inorder to cope with this problem.
Sociological Perspective on Global Warming and Health Problems, Associated With It (1) The effects of Global have been discussed from different perspectives; however, only in recent years, it became obvious to many scientists that rising of Earths atmosphere affects the lives of people in very immediate manner. Therefore, those who suggest that humanity have another hundred years, before Global ...
Totally, their perspectives are much of a same, although they deal with the problem with different approaches. They are all in the recognition this reality and want some kinds of actions to take place instead of waiting and observing how it will go.
In his article “Global Warming and Geomorphology”, David K. C. Jones attempts to distinguish between the doom and gloom predictions surrounding and offer a more realistic approach to the effects that climate change will have on the geological and biosphere aspects of the planet and specifically on the British Isles. Climate fluctuation based on the presence of so-called greenhouse gases has been ...
If we compare the articles, in my point of view, Smil’s article called: ‘Planetary Warming:Realities and Responses’ is constructed better than others in the following reasons. First of all, the article has a validity,a truth value, bacause he focuses on the realities of G.W. and it’s observable consequences. The article includes accurate information about historical events and their significance in determinig the effects of G.W. So, author draws accurate data. Secondly, the article is both usefull and relevant for the readers. It directly speaks to the issue. Moreover, he draws a clear perspective in his article by shaping the evidences. For these reasons, Vaclav is the one who evaluates the issue better among the others.
1. Bongaarts, John. “Population Growth and Global Warming”. Population and Development Review, Vol.18 No.2 (Jun 1992) pp.299-319. 2. Gelbspan, Ross. “A Global Warming Crisis”. Jstore.host, (Mar 28,2000) www.yesmagazine.org/12Climatechange/gelbspan.html
3. McCullough, Jennifer. “Taking Stock”. Jstore.host, (Mar 28,2000) www.yesmagazine.org/12Climatechange/mccullough.html
4. Schneider, Stephen. “The Greenhouse Effect: Science and Policy”. Science, New Series, Vol.243. no.4892 (Feb.10, 1989) pp.771-781. 5. Smil, Vaclav. “Planetary Warming: Realities and Responses”. Population and Development Review, Vol.16, No.1. (Mar 1990) pp.1-29.