Fact or Myth |
Peatross, Morishita S |
Ongoing debates between Right-Wing Politicians and Climate Scientists are still lingering over the earth’s climate change over the last few decades. Scientists argue that humans’ over consumption of natural gas, oils and fuels that emit carbon dioxide, and produced a layer in the atmosphere preventing the sun’s warmth from radiating back into space. The argument suggests that where the average global temperature would be 0˚F, it is now 59˚F; which has been the cause of changes in ice glaciers and ocean current. These changes in turn have led the sea-level to rise and wipeout communities in flash floods and cause ocean animals to die off in large numbers.
Right-Wing politicians concerned with budget spending and terror around the world, argue that this charade is led by emotion and not enough scientific facts have been produced to focus as much time, money and energy that this initiative would take. A meeting with 160 nations in Kyoto, Japan was held to have nations reduce their carbon footprint 5-7% less than level in 1990; nations struggle to reach an agreement. The Clinton and Bush administration was opposed because they felt it would be in vain if developing countries did not have the same responsibility. As a result many other nations did not sign up for the agreement and the countries that did carry the load. Now the issue has been overshadowed with other concerns such as healthcare, terrorism and the economy.
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The lingering argument about the Earth’s changing climate has been attributing to Global Warming; many facts back its existence but there are still debates whether this is a hoax. Scientists now believe that man is changing the climate of the planet by his emissions of greenhouse gases. There is enough scientific uncertainty that exists to have the public at odds however; enough evidence of global warming has happened to take preventative measures.
Discovery of Greenhouse Gases
French Mathematician Jean Fourier who in 1827 discovered that carbon dioxide, methane and other gases in the atmosphere act like a greenhouse. They let sunlight in, but prevent some of the sun’s warmth from radiating back into space (Tennesen, 2004).
These gases are generated by the energy that we use for lights, refrigeration, heat, and transportation. Scientist have been trying to convince the public through studies conducted by the World Meteorological Organization, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program that the effects of changes in the climate, over time will bring tough times for agriculture, disease, rising sea levels, storms and droughts.
Evidence of Global Warming
There have been numerous events/signs that scientists have been able to link specific catastrophic events to changes in climate. According to studies, there have been disappearing ice outside the poles in the last century, Ice in the European Alps has declined by half and a 40% decline in late summer Arctic sea-ice thickness. The United Nations Environmental Program discovered dozens of lakes on the verge of spilling from melting glaciers in the Himalayan Mountains, they found inundated villages. The collapse of the Maili glacier on the northern edge of the Caucasus Mountains ripped out trees and tossed massive trucks into the air like toys. It buried a Russian village under 3 million tons of ice and mud and left at least nine humans dead. The gray whales population has declined in large numbers from 26,635 in 1998 to 17,414 in 2002. The whales migrate to eat, but altering ice patterns and ocean currents prevent the travel of amphipods- crustacean they feed on from the ocean floor (Tennesen, 2005).
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Right-Wing Politicians view
Politicians still see greenhouse science as uncertain and contradictory they defend that it is based upon circumstantial events and has a lack of convincing evidence. They have had Anti-Kyoto petitions flooding their desks, supported by 15,000 scientists that strongly oppose with the defense that the climate is ever changing and the evidence presented is nature taking its course. In a meeting, held in Kyoto, Japan 120 nations gathered to discuss possible solutions to reduce each nation’s emissions into the atmosphere. This meeting failed to reach a consensus due to the belief that it would be ineffective if every nation was not on board. Developing nations were not held as responsible because they did not feel they had the economic resources and need to continue to use cheaper fuels to continue their growth. Nations such as the United States of America and Australia felt that it would undo their efforts and did not sign the agreement. Overtime leaders with different priorities supported the issue minimally because studies did not show dramatic climate increases. George Bush Jr. introduced his own emissions reduction plan that was tied to the intensity of the economy (Tennessen, 2005).
Benefits of Energy Conservation
Global warming is an initiative that can bring the whole world together and work towards a common goal. Reduction in greenhouse gases also helps with pollution which improves the purity of our air minimizing respitory issues. The war and our dependency on oil would be non-existent, being that it is a natural resource and there are alternate natural resources available. Preserving our rainforests will help reduce carbon dioxide as the trees use the carbon dioxide that we emit and create oxygen.
How We Stand Now
The global warming issue has been overshadowed by the state of the world right now, humans destroying each other in healthcare, terrorism and the economy. There are several green energy initiatives that are evident; there is a market for hybrid and electric cars. France has energy conservation hotels that conserve energy when you are out of your room, so that televisions and lights are not left running. The United States has put more effort into public transportation systems and more energy saving appliances. There is a flux of solar energy usage, and wind energy, so I feel that we are taking steps in the right direction and new technologies are surfacing every day.
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