Friday, February 5, 2016

The Warming of the Earth

Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth's climate.

“Is Global Warming really happening?”  This was a huge question a couple of years back until it became a real issue.   Yes we still have our winters, with snow and freezing temperatures but that isn’t what we should be looking at.  There has been a significant change in temperature throughout the Earth that has created a threat that is greater than anything humans have faced before.

The major cause of global warming is the greenhouse effect.  A normal greenhouse is good for growing plants because the windows all around the area helps trap the heat inside.  This is exactly what is happening with the earth, except for it’s not a good thing.  With enormous amounts of pollution going on everywhere around the world, it all contributes to the amount of gasses in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide and methane.  As a result of this world using significantly more energy, more of the Sun’s heat gets trapped inside the atmosphere and the planet warms up.

Here are some things that can help reduce global warming before it starts to become very dangerous for everyone:
·      Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
·      Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases
·      Don’t let heat escape from your house over a long period of time
·      Don’t leave appliances on standby

There are so many things, no matter how small, that this society can do to change for the better and help the earth’s future generations!

Posted By Stephanie Aboody


  1. This is definitely an extremely relevant and important topic to think about. I think it is important that we take individual steps to try and reduce our energy intake, however it is also important to note that the biggest culprits of carbon emissions into the atmosphere are big corporations and factories. It would be interesting to see statistic comparing emissions made by big companies compared to smaller scale emitters, such as a single family home. Here is an interesting article regarding UMass' energy use.

    Erina Taradai

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    2. Thanks for sharing! The article is interesting and I understand completely when you talked about other examples of what is hurting our planet. Carbon emissions into the atmosphere are the biggest issue we're having with global warming and that is what needs to be focused on. Big corporations and factories are the biggest culprits and it needs to come to an end! But I stand by my original statement that every person, individually, can take steps to help prevent more damage from global warming!

      Stephanie Aboody

  2. Climate change is one of the most concerning issues of the modern age, and it will take a concentrated effort to control it, but the implications are not all bad. The effects of climate change are felt globally, so the reach of mankind has now extended across our entire planet. Even after decades of studying, we are still just beginning to understand the power of climate change, and through understanding, we can learn to control our actions. Elon Musk (CEO, Spacex) suggests using concepts of the greenhouse effect to change the atmosphere on Mars to be more similar to that of Earth. Perphaps this seems outlandish now, but maybe one day humans will be able to efficiently control the power they hold over the global climate.

    Josef Mazzuchi

  3. Last semester I took a seminar course called Soil, Food, Hunger, and Climate Change. This course covered the many issues of global warming and how it relates with the production of food marketing. We also saw how it corresponded with world hunger. One interesting fact that I learned was that “climate change” is actually a natural occurrence in which the world goes through many type of ice ages. However, because of all the fossil fuels that are being used, globally, and the greenhouse gases being emitted to the atmosphere, the rate at which the next ice age happens is being increased. It is a natural cycle that the world goes through, although there is the possibility that decreasing our human impact we can lower the rate and have more time to prepare for the inevitable changes in our climate.

    David Mota

    1. Hi David!
      That is a very interesting point and I have thought about that when reading articles and warning signs about global warming. While it is a natural cycle, "climate change" in more recent decades compared to many before has been more of an increase rather than decrease resulting in an unfortunate pattern. It is the increase in the use of fossil duels and big industries, that have factories polluting the air, that is mostly causing the increase of temperature. That class seems interesting though, definitely going to look into that!!

      Stephanie Aboody

  4. Stephanie,
    This is a very interesting topic!! Although, there are many different viewpoints on this issue, especially in political discussions. Even though many people, including myself, agree that we should go completely green and continuously help our environment, it will take more then just recycling and choosing environmentally friendly appliances to truly make a significant difference. We need full support and more focus on this issue to make it considered a serious and prevalent concern in our society. Big corporations, such as Exxon, should cut down the use of fossil fuels and start working on a green burning substance. According to the Climate Accountability Institution in Colorado, this crisis of climate change can be linked to 90 companies accountable for about 63% of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. GHG’s trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. The most common kind of gas is carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gas. This is because of burning coal and oil for fuel; half of these emissions were produced in the last 25 years. This single piece of information confirms with your findings that pollution needs to be cut down. Not just from individual families, but big corporations along with the full support of the country. With increased awareness and facts on this issue, people and corporations can be informed to make a difference for future generations!

    Piette."Greenhouse Gas Emissions." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 26 Apr. 2014

    - Cara Murphy

  5. This is definitely a huge issue going on right now that many people refuse to acknowledge is even a problem in the making in the first place! The pollution that exists in our environment today is outrageous and it's only going to get worse until we start to do something about it! Global warming effects every area of the earth, even the coral reefs all over the world are being affected; being bleached and dying off as the ocean water temperature continuously rises. Honey bees are dying off and then how will flowers get pollinated in the spring and summer. There are so many cause and affect relationships caused by global warming the list could go on for pages. But there are also incredibly many ways to stop or reduce global warming as best we can, like the list you started making, people have been coming up with inventions and the like to clean up and collect the trash in our oceans and France has started replacing paved roads with solar-panel-covered roads that will eventually be able to supply electricity and power to 8% of France's population (thats million's of people).. Amazing! Being green costs more up front but what you save in the long run (our planet) is.. priceless!

    -Kelsey Morrison

  6. Global warming is definitely a major issue that continues to happen each year. Already we've had an usually warm winter although it isn't just about temperature. I agree that going green can help make a difference. I believe that by recycling and reducing the amount of pollution no matter how small can help make a difference. Although these are just a couple of examples to help global warming, there are also many other things that we as humans on this earth should do to help prevent global warming. Taking steps to reduce the amount of energy use can improve efficiency and help end global warming. I agree that one of the biggest causes of global warming is the carbon dioxide released with fossil fuels. Saving energy can help fight global warming. if enough people get together to make a difference then we will start to see changes in the future.

    -Rebecca Thomas