Before reading articles on climate change, I believed the problem was merely a rise in temperature, nothing more. However, rising temperatures are not the only concern with global warming. Rising sea levels, melting ice/snow, altered range of infectious diseases, lengthened growing seasons, unusual rainfall patterns, extreme weather conditions, and amplified coastal erosion is also turning heads. I was completely uneducated to the other causes/effects of global warming. After obtaining all this new information I feel very strongly at doing everything possible to prevent further global warming, but according to the NASA website warming will occur even if gas emission is reduced because the Earth’s system has not adjusted to changes we have already made (United States. NASA). In addition, these articles all had a common thought, or as they proved it to be true, a serious concern. The climate is changing and we are to blame. Natural causes could not account for the staggering quantities of the emitted greenhouse gases of late. According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solution’s website, the U.S. has the highest percentage of CO2 gas emission from 1850-2007 with nearly 30%. The next highest country was China with less than 10%.
That being said I’m shocked that these numbers are not going out to the public. The information I have read in these articles is far more informative than any report a news channel could have given me. Of the time when I watch global warming is briefly mentioned in the news I have never seen an individual such as a scientist or professional in the area come on the show to discuss it. It is always a random unqualified person talking about the issue or voicing their opinion. Compared to the credible information on climate change I have obtained from these articles the reports on the news, or just hearing people discussing it is very amateur, unscientific, and disappointingly inaccurate. I just hope that the public can be properly informed about this issue before we become in over our heads in greenhouse gas emission.
“Science FAQs.” Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. N.p., June 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
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Feature Articles. N.p., 3 June 2010. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.