Climate Change Cause and Effect

by Dajia Bergeron on April 3, 2018 - 11:27pm

In the article “Climate Change Cause and Effect” by Joseph F. Doyle explains what humans that causes so many consequences. During 1950, the annual amount of carbon dioxide that was released in the air was around 9.2 billion tons. Nowadays, humans use 40.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year. In between Christmas 2017 and January 8, 2018, there was almost a new record made when it came to the amount of snowfall in North America. Other natural disasters such as strong hurricanes, wildfires, drought, hail, tornadoes and flooding have caused the U.S. to spend approximately 307 billion dollars on repairs. The author describes climate change as the planet’s personality and the weather is its mood. The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute, Jim Hansen explains the causes of hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria. He says that it has to do with the icebergs melting in the Arctic and the Antarctic. There is an extra 7% of water retention in the atmosphere is caused by the surplus amount of carbon dioxide in the world. In France, there has been so much rain that there was an “emergency evacuation” of all the special artifacts in the Louvre and other museums. The U.S. has also claimed to have accepted 90 million climate change refugees in 2017. Mudslides and wildfires are also a consequence of global warming. Because of all these effects climate change has on the world, governments are obliged to spend a lot of money in trying to fix all the damage caused by these natural disasters. In order to fix this problem, a big budget has been acquired so that there is enough funding to try and slow down global warming.


In my opinion, I believe that climate change is a very complicated problem that needs to be resolved. It will take a lot of time and energy in order to fix this problem but much more action needs to be taken in order to be able to successfully slow down this difficult situation. When Doyle mentioned the fact that the weather is the mood and climate change is the personality of the planet earth really got me thinking because it makes sense. If we treat the earth well, there will be less natural disasters (mood). If we continue like this, the weather will get worst, and it is just a matter of time before it is irreversible.


After having read your article summary, I agree with your main point of the need to treat our planet better, to try and minimize the effects climate change has on the weather and the damages it brings. For example your article covers how major hurricanes such as Irma and Harvey were in part caused by the melting of the icebergs in the arctic. I enjoyed the reference to wealth being the mood to the planets personality from your article. The only thing I disagree with is, when you give the statistic on the U.S accepting 90 million climate change refugees in 2017. I have my doubts about the U.S accepting a growth rate of 25%. Based on the article I found it says how “59 studies were looked at to see if climate change and extreme weather had any correlation (Gabbatiss p.2)” what was found from these studies was that “41 demonstrated climate changes had made extreme weather events more intense and long lived(Gabbatiss p.2)”. That’s nearly a 70% correlation between the two variables. My article also mentions the high cost by these events, not to mention deaths. This supports your claim of how the government has to spend a lot of money in order to repair all the damages caused by these natural disasters. According to my article it also mentions how climate change also has an impact on heat waves, droughts and rainfall, to name a few, similar to your article. Based on this information alone it is clear that the more we continue to pollute the planet the faster climate change will progress. Which will only cause the situation to worsen. The only way to avoid this from happening is to limit global emissions, something that is easier said than done, I believe that if more people would understand the connection between natural disasters and climate change it would hopefully make people realise how serious this issue is, and encourage them to take action.

Gabbatiss, J.(2017)., Natural disasters increasingly linked to climate change, new report warns. The Independent. Pages 1-4

I decided to chose this article due to my interest in the causes and effects that come into consideration when talking about climate change, and how it could be or could not be problematic and if it is something that we as humans should be worried about.
I would have to agree with you, this summary was well written and went through all the main points in order to understand the situation. It is true that we as humans need to be more patient and aware about the process. If we take more care of our envionment we could possibly see some changes and a reduction in change in climate. The problem with this is that humans do not have the patience in order to change their way and standards of living for long term impact. Humans are used to having something done and having immediate impact, but this is not the case for this situation. Humans will need to adapt to a different standard of living in order to have the best and most successful way of reducing climate change.

After reading the summary, I decide to respond to it due to the worldwide problematic of climate change described by global warming and the occurrence of natural disasters, which is interesting to me since the issue has become larger over the years as we realized that solutions should be implemented and the case should be taken in consideration and also studied through the causes the consequences, as you have mentioned. I agree that in 50 years, the annual amount of carbon dioxide that was released in the air has increased importantly, having direct impacts on the globe's climate such as an increase in water retention within the atmosphere, which gives us a hint on one major cause of the issue. It is right that governments spend a lot of money on repairing the natural disaster's damages and so in my opinion, a lot of money should also be invested in the solutions and preventing the future dangers of global warming and global emissions, although it would not happen as fast as we imagine. In order to make an effective change with this issue, every individual should be aware of the impacts of pollution (which is also a big cause of climate change) and should adhere to reduce their pollution habits that slowly stack up and speeds up the climate change. Also, the reference of wealth being the mood to the planet's personality is totally accurate and well thought.

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