Thursday, 5 November 2015

Climate Change

Antarctica has become a major part of the news today as a new study in the Journal of Glaciology revealed despite the effects of climate change, the continent is actually gaining ice. WHAT?! Yes, the study claims the increase in snow accumulation that began thousands of years ago on Antarctica is actually adding enough ice today in order to compensate for its thinning glaciers. 
Although this information seems very positive, it only really applies to the central and eastern parts of the continent. Meanwhile, the massive West Antarctica sheet, due to global warming, is looking as though it will eventually collapse. Subsequently, sea levels could raise up to nine feet, essentially flooding coastal cities. This worries me greatly, as the lives of millions of people will be at risk in future generations, as a result of our climate that we have helped to create today. It is very upsetting.

Furthermore, it is clear that further greenhouse gas emissions will increase the risk of the ice collapse in Antarctica and heighten the risk of a significant rise in sea level. Not only should we be considering how this may effects humans living in cities along the ocean, but also the animals presently on the Western Antarctica sheet of ice. It seems as though animals continue to be disregarded and pushed aside by the public. They are essential components of our ecosystem, as they keep the food chain and balance of the environment in tact.

So, how can we fix this? Well, it is going to take a lot of commitment and determination but it is possible. I feel as though this is why we accomplish very little in terms of environmental issues, because people do not wish to exert so much energy or simply feel as though it is too hard to change. But, by further reducing our carbon emissions and worrying more about what we put into our atmosphere, we may see changes. These changes will not necessarily by visible, but our future generations will thank us if we begin to change now! 

4 comments:

  1. I feel like all we have to do is pump enough ozone into the Antarctic atmosphere and plug the hole that way. Of course, I have no idea if that's even possible in any way, but I think it's worth trying.

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  2. I agree that people completely disregard animals. It's so unfair for them, and if we let even one species go extinct, that will throw off everything. People don't realize that we are as much part of the ecosystem as the other animals that we study.

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  3. A well written piece. I agree with the notion that greater commitment is required on all fronts. But when all is said and done, only the government holds the requisite assets to bring widespread environmental conservation to fruition. Petition as we may, the government is likely to continue trying to limit undue pollution, rather than eliminating pollution in its entirety. We can only hope that change presents itself soon, for the world that we leave behind surely won't thank the people that we leave behind.

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  4. I also agree. I feel that we don't pay any attention to the wildlife and animals we share our earth with. If we start to lose the animals on this earth like Cristy said it will throw everything off. The animals on the earth are just as much part of the earth as we are.

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