M1D1: Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
- In your considered opinion, is global warming taking place?
In my opinion, yes, global warming is not only taking place, it is as AGU (American Geophysical Union – 1998) explains, the harmful impact to society global warming is having and the fact that no true blueprint has been or for that matter, is in the process of being developed that will produce counter measures to offset the current and long-term negative impact of GHG (Green House Gases) on the earth is the primary reason it is taking place. Simply stated, this is not rocket science! The earth is a living organism that just like its inhabitants, depend on the sun, water, air, food and something that in my opinion, gets continually and completely overlooked, time to reset in order to maintain its existence as we know it. For example, we need to look no further than the deteriorating process of a human body being internally destroyed by the metastasis of cancer cells. The earth, just as humans, can only survive based on what it can consistently provide. It is slowly dying in same fashion as a cancer patient because it cannot produce the necessary anti-bodies to force its cancer into remission. Global warming, in my opinion, is an outcome, not a cause to the earths current condition. The relative difference can only be associated with the fact that humans are but millimeters in comparison to the size of the earth so as compared to the same metastasis that takes place in a cancerous human body, the results are or will be the same as time continues to mark the deadly outcome. The cause can simply be related to the human habit of consistently building without replenishing. This process has overwhelmed the earth and it has become a sick cancer patient. The same monetary, or for reasons applicable to this paper, eco-systems, that takes from the earth without letting it replenish itself is the same process that forces cancer cells to feed on whatever it can find until there is nothing left. According to Redd, N. (2019), the earth is 4.53 Billion years old. As a human, try going without sleep for just ten days and watch yourself slowly change from something that you were, but over a ten-day period, you no longer are.
- Are temperature warming trends and ice melting trends merely correlated with increased Green House Gases emissions and concentrations, or are they caused by the latter?
Cause and correlation as explained by Scientific Consensus concludes that the rise in the earth’s temperatures glacier meltdowns are eminent, consistent and fast. The world authorities on the subject matter agree that GHG are a direct cause of Global Warming. As Bradshaw, M. (2013), so eloquently reiterates in chapter one of GED (Global Energy Dilemmas), GHG is threatening the advancement of human life and if nothing is done to reduce GHG impact humans will face the inevitable outcome becoming destitute. We have errored in our ways in becoming totally dependent on energy driven transport, consumption, warmth, coolness and sight. Delicately put, due to the irreversible damage the earth has already suffered and foundationally associated with our ways, finding alternative energy sources can only slow the ultimate outcome human existence will eventually face.
A position statement on climate change was previously adopted by the American Geophysical Union in December 1998; A new version was adopted December 2003; Revised and Reaffirmed December 2007, February 2012, August 2013.
Nola T. Redd, How Old is The Earth, Space.Com-February 07, 2019
Bradshaw, M. (2013). Global energy dilemmas: Energy security, globalization, and climate change (Links to an external site.). Cambridge, UK: Polity