The Truth is Catching Us

by Sarah_B on September 6, 2017 - 7:51pm

A lot of us have been ignoring this problem for a long time. You’re probably wondering what problem I am writing about. Well, it’s global climate change. By reading this, you will find out what global climate change is and what the consequences are.

First of all, global warming didn’t start out of nowhere. We could see the climate changing in the middle of the 19th century. But, it started to increase by the 20th century and mostly due to human activity as most of the scientist says. As you can see on the NASA's website, 95% of them agree on this theory. One of the top human activities that cause global warming is burning power plants to make our energy. In the US, 40% of their CO2 emissions comes from their electricity production. The most common human activity that does air emission is transportation. The scientists can observe climate changing thanks to satellites and other advanced technology that can make them collect a lot of different kind of information. By collecting the data, they can observe the signs of climate changing. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are trapped in the air which affects the transfer between infrared energy and the atmosphere. The amount of greenhouse gases is increasing so much that it makes the Earth warm. 

Then, global warming is not without consequences. Earth became warmer than ordinary, 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit warmer to be exact. The warming has been increasing since 35 years ago. Last year, 2016, was the warmest year recorded. With the Earth becoming more hot than usual, obviously the ice is shrinking. As it says on the NASA’s website: “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.” With the ice melting, the water rises and extreme events are happening.

In conclusion, global warming is a real thing people and we need to make changes on how we can prevent it. For example, less car, more bus. Less oil, more renewable energy.

You can find a lot more about this on the NASA’s website. I feel like it is a reliable source of news because every inch of text is cited and sourced. You can click on the link which gets you to the website where they took the information which mostly comes from real and serious organisation. Always look for clues when you read an article. For exemple, if they are talking about an event that happened in a specific date and they show a picture. You can go look for the weather on that day and in that place to kind of see if the picture is reliable and if they are telling the truth. 

 

Picture : Doesn't say who took it...

Comments

I want to begin by saying how you picture speaks to me because of the loneliness express by the polar bear. Also, I really like the way you write your summary and your title is really good.
I think this article* will complete yours. It was published in National Geographic by Stephen Leahy. Sorry because it is in French but it’s very related to yours because it talking about future drought caused by climate change. You talk a lot about ice melting but don’t mention drought. I think they are both main consequences of climate change and it’s relevant to mention them as two sides of the same coin.
National Geographic is a credible source where you can find information about climate change (visit National Geographic website and write climate change in the search bar). They referred most of their statistics and article linked to so you are sure of the authenticity (also prove with study) and they mentioned searcher name and title so you can easily find their profile on google. Also, Media Bias/Fact Check** judge National Geographic reliable and based on scientific principles*** and my article was based on Elfatih Eltahir study. He is a civil engineer who also studies in meteorology, hydrology and hydroclimatology so I trust him because he knows its topic.

*http://www.nationalgeographic.fr/environnement/2017/08/des-vagues-de-cha...
**https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-geographic/
***http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Scientific%20Principle

I really like how you approached this subject, I think you are a very good writer. I would like to give your article more of a whole-world vision, because you're mostly talking about temperature and far-away lands. Well, I would like to point that the climate change affects also in our very own country which is Canada, as you may know Canada has a very beautiful ecosystem and larges forests. This issue is destroying our beautiful ecosystem by making the temperature more hot, this evaporates the water our trees need which will change them negatively. Also the evaporation of the water increases the chances of a forest fire which would not only destroy our ecosystem but also the gas let out would decrease the quality of our air. To complete and have more information I strongly advise to visit this page: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/impacts/forest-....

I really liked to read your summary article. It was well resumed and I felt that the global warming cause was important to you. By reading it, I appreciated all the numbers and statistics that helped me to understand that your sources were good. However, I would have liked you to also write about what is positive for the environment. For example, China just closed 103 coal mines early this year which is a great improvement for the environment. You can look at this article that explains it in more details, but after all, you did a great job!
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-end-of-coal-is-near-china-just-scrapped...

About the author

My name is Sarah and when I am not glued to a computer screen, I love to read books. My strengths would be that I have a lot of compassion, I got a good sense of humor and I'm kind of great at public speaking. I know 3 languages and I am pretty good with computers.