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Forecasting Climate Change

 

Forecasting Climate Change

by Amy Lignor

As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming.

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As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? What impacts will occur next year? There are a list of questions, as always, but the only fact that never changes is that humans and the trouble we are causing is the main source of global warming.

Evidence is produced showing that changes in weather, oceans and ecosystems/habitats, come from natural causes, but the evidence is not prevalent. Human activities include releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere each and every year. Climate changes will not cease, seeing as that the more greenhouse gases we emit, the larger future climate change problems will become.

It’s important to note that the global average temperature has increased by more than 1.5°F, with some regions of the world warming more than twice that amount. Greenhouse gases and their build-up are responsible for a list of troubles: from temperatures and precipitation patterns to the melting of glaciers to shifts in ecosystems that have negatively affected the length of growing seasons and the migration of birds.

The EPA is not uncaring or silent about this problem. It was just recently, in 2016, that the EPA launched an online portal that actually provides local leaders with information and tools that will better equip them to handle climate changes. Based on the area they live in, this online service (Adaptation Resource Center/ARC-X) provides users with the info pertaining to their specific areas and concerns.

People may roll their eyes at this –i.e., “more useless government spending.” But the fact is this site is more than necessary. Recent statistics proved that the federal government incurred more than $357 billion in direct costs due to extreme weather conditions, storms, and fires over the past 10 years. Climate change is also expected to bring about highly significant financial challenges to everyone. Which is why the EPA designed ARC-X to help all local government officials.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, stated that: “From floods and droughts to dangerous heat islands and other public health effects, communities are facing the very real impacts of climate change. ARC-X is a powerful new tool that can help local governments continue to deliver reliable, cost-effective services even as the climate changes.”

The system is not only about telling people what is coming in regards to dangerous weather or the ill effects of climate change, it actually guides people through the process of how best to adapt to the changes that have already come about. They can adapt and address their specific risks and problems, and read case studies done on towns and communities that have already successfully adapted, so others may learn from them.

Yes, no matter who sits in the chair in The White House, climate change and ecosystem issues will continue. And, yes, there will be money spent in many areas in an attempt to stop what seems to be a constantly-increasing problem that will continue to get worse until we learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We have done good work, thus far. From wind energy to solar shields to environmental projects that are saving trees, forests and better serving industry, work is most certainly being done correctly. But more has to happen. Global warming was projected to not only continue during the 21st century, but intensify. Therefore, the most aggressive action needs to be taken by us – the world’s population – in order to literally save this planet for the next generation to be able to “breathe” a little easier.

Source:  Baret News

 

Earth’s Demise: Fire Versus Ice

 

Earth’s Demise: Fire Versus Ice

~ Samantha Lewis

 

Although many believe that “Ice Age” was just a cute movie series, it now seems that yet another scare has to be put into the American people regarding the Ice Ages we have had, and the fact that the sun will, supposedly, head to bed (sleep) in 2020. What would life be without a new ‘dire announcement’ every few months or so, right? Although this one happens to be butting heads with one that was already issued ages ago that is still quite prevalent in all scientific communities. In other words, confusion has set in.

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It is the truth that we have been through many scares as far as the end of the world is concerned; the biggest being 1999 changing over to 2000 when people such as Bill Gates said, what are you worried about? The computers simply change over. Was he right? Yup. And, yes, here we are in 2015 and still going.

 

But in 2020, we get to look forward to another Ice Age (?) that will be added to our current historical resume of five major ice ages that have occurred in the Earth’s history. They are the Huronian, Cryogenian, Andean-Saharan, Karoo Ice Age and the Quaternary glaciation. Yes, apparently all five have been a part of the world we live in and, other than these time periods, the Earth has been completely ice-free, even in highest of latitudes.

 

Science is getting a bit ‘muddy,’ especially considering that we are constantly being spoken to about global warming and ice melting so badly that even polar bears are dying out because there is not enough ice for their own survival. It was back in the 1970s when the theory that a new Ice Age would start in the year 2020 was first stated. Considering the world of global warming, however, that theory was set aside. But because of this news, it seems that global warming is supposed to take a back seat while fear of a new miniature Ice Age is placed upon us. Can anyone say: “Make up your mind?”

 

This phenomenon was last seen on this planet between 1646 and 1715, causing the River Thames to freeze over. Recently, at the National Astronomy Meeting, information was given out that focused on the “new solar cycle models” and how scientists are producing accurate predictions of irregularities in two layers of the sun. These two layers will fall out of sync, supposedly around 2020, and cause solar activity to reduce.

 

It was 1978 when “The Coming Ice Age” movie had Leonard Nimoy offering up a warning back then that matches these predictions now. Goodness knows there are many areas of the East Coast that have seen some truly brutal winters over the past few years. And the record-breaking winters experienced have been mounting up, showing one and all that the planet is actually getting colder. Snow is starting to fall far earlier than people expect and storms are occurring long after winter is supposedly over.

 

But…which is it? Between a mini-Ice Age and a global warming problem that, according to scientists, continues to worsen every day, it is becoming more confusing to people as to what science knows and does not know. For right now, they seem to be backing up only one—Robert Frost of all people, who stated long ago that: Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice

 

In other words, no matter what the news of the day is, all we still know for sure is that the cause of the Earth’s eventual demise remains a 50/50 shot. Stay tuned: When James Patterson’s book “Zoo” comes to the small screen, stories of animals taking us out will also return.

 

Source:  Baret News Wire