Climate Change Essays


Global Warming and Climate Change Essay

Essay Prompt For this assignment, you will watch the National Geographic Documentary – ‘Six° Degrees Could Change the World’ and answer the questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_pb1G2wIoA 1) Summarize key changes in the earth’s climate system (include vital numbers quoted in the documentary) that are projected to occur with each incremental rise in global temperature. Do not simply list these changes. I am well aware that if you do a google search, you will get numerous hits that describe degree-by-degree changes as described in the movie. Well, if you copy those (or paraphrase them), it wouldn’t be as much fun—Right? Not to mention, Continue Reading...

Ethics in Engineering and Public Safety

engineering ethics related to environmental justice and sustainability. The longer-term impacts of engineering on climate change and pollution also need to be considered part of professional duty. As Michelfelder & Jones (2013) put it, "sustainability should be included in the paramountcy clause because it is a necessary condition to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of the public," (p. 237). Engineers stand at the forefront of guiding, leading, and directing public policy in engineering, and of promoting sustainable practices. As with public safety ethics, environmental ethics often reveal the importance of "acceptable risk" algorithms, which often can be quantified… Continue Reading...

Global Warming in 21st Century

delve into this issue. The presentation will be made at an upcoming climate change conference held at a local community center. The audience comprises a range of stakeholders including environmentalists, climate change advocates, business organizations, academicians, as well as local and state government representatives. The presentation is intended to contribute to the growing discourse on addressing global warming. The presentation is expected to influence policy and decision making in the area of climate change. Though disputed by some commentators, global warming is real. We can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand. It is estimated that with… Continue Reading...

President Trump\'s First Day

vowed to stop allocating billions of dollars in funds to the United Nations' climate change initiatives and redirect them towards fixing environmental and water infrastructure in the nation. His pre-planned Day One general meeting aimed at instructing generals to put forward a plan to defeat IS in a month. A video released in November shows Trump declaring his intention to ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and defense department to come up with a detailed plan for safeguarding the US infrastructure against all forms of attack, including cyber-attacks (Shaw, 2017). To support his harsh speech with regard to… Continue Reading...

Understanding the Collapse Of the Roman Empire

collapse of this great empire on differing factors such as social complexity, natural disasters, climate change and military failures just to mention a few. Even as of now, other historians still contend that the Roman Empire did not actually fail because part of it later continued to exist but in the form of Byzantine Empire. In this essay, I present the strongest historical theory used to explain the collapse of this most legendary Empire. Joseph Tainter (1990) pioneered the explanation and theorization of the Roman Empire collapse (Tainter 11). This American anthropologist holds that given technological levels yield implicit… Continue Reading...

Dangers Of Backcountry Skiing to Society and Individuals

snow in different parts of the country. Artificial snow is created because climate change has led to different towns receiving shorter winters unlike previously when people skill for as long as they wished (Falk and Vieru 16). Effects On The Environment The environment is negatively affected by the creation of the backcountry skiing terrains. As stated earlier, there is little research on backcountry skiing, which in return presents a big challenge to wildlife and land managers when it comes to the provision of access to the public lands. The more skiers there are, the more the terrain that is… Continue Reading...

Effects Of Climate Change

Global Warming and climate change Natural versus anthropogenic forces in climate change are a common topic for discussion. Some people believe that the global warming experienced now is part of a natural cycle while other others believe it is accelerated thanks to human evolution on earth. Although there is a natural cycle on the planet concerning global warming, this is not the case regarding the information provided from scientific data on the effects of human-generated global warming. Natural global warming takes long periods… Continue Reading...

Global Warming Implications Essay

climate change can no longer be denied... And action can no longer be delayed. – U.S> President Barack Obama, 2015 As reflected in the epigraph above, there is a growing consensus among climatologists that anthropogenic activities have caused the entire world to become hotter and some experts even caution that the balance scale may have already been tipped and global warming will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. Some scientists, however, maintain that the current trends in global warming are… Continue Reading...

Other Cultures Xenophobia and Understanding

critical for solving global problems, from economic crises and humanitarian disasters to climate change and natural disasters. “If cultural groups join forces, they will be more effective in reaching common goals, than if each group operates in isolation,” (“Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities,” n.d.). Collaboration with people from other cultures also leads to better decisions. If only one homogenous group makes all the decisions without input or understanding of other cultures, the outcomes of their decisions cannot be properly extrapolated to the rest of the world. Those decisions will reflect the belief systems, values, and needs only… Continue Reading...

Climate Change Impacts

including the development of fossil fuel engines. 2. The NASA site outlines the falling different supporting data for climate change: Global temperature increase of 1.1C since the late 19th century Oceans warmed 0.302F sine 1969 Shrinking ice sheets, especially in Greenland and Antarctica Glacial retreat Decreased snow cover Sea level rise Declining Arctic sea ice Increase in extreme weather events Increase in ocean acidification The Met Office cites Higher temperatures Changing rainfall Changes in nature Sea level rise Retreating glaciers Sea ice And ice sheets Many of these are the same: temperature rise, declining ice sheets, glacial retreat and sea… Continue Reading...

Mass Extinctions and Climate Change

activity, filling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, leading to global warming. Part II. Global climate change 6. The four greenhouse gases that are being measured by the simulation are carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, and nitrous oxide. 7. The average temperature in the "Today" simulation is 59-60F. Adding clouds appears to do little, maybe up one degree. In 1750, the average temperature was around quite a bit lower, around 53-54F. The gas levels are as follows: H20 CO2 CH4 N20 Present Day 70% 388ppm 1.843ppm 0.317ppm 1750 70% 280ppm 0.73 ppm 0.27ppm Ice Age ? 180ppm 0.38ppm 0.215pm During the… Continue Reading...

Water Conservation

is difficult for anyone paying attention to the statistics to argue that global warming and climate change is not taking place. The figures are presented in the article alongside graphs and charts to show as much. References Fountain, H., Patel, J. & Popovich, N. (2018). 2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record. And That Was Without El Nino. The New York Times, 18 Jan 2017. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/hottest-year-2017.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&contentCollection=climate®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront C) My own water habits are very poor. I take long showers, do not try to conserve water when I wash dishes (often letting the faucet run while I… Continue Reading...

Coca Cola Analysis

add pesticides to it, which makes it liable to censure owing to the increase in water scarcity. climate change and the aforementioned growing crisis of water scarcity implies beverage manufacturers will soon have to encounter additional criticism. Rationing or limiting of water supply to the company will cause a major setback for the company, in terms of production and subsequent distribution capability and income (Bhasin, 2018). Indirect competition – Café coffee day, Starbucks, Costa coffee and other coffee chains have been growing in number and providing substitute products for soft drinks, thus denting Coca Cola’s beverage market. Likewise, energy… Continue Reading...

Lichens As Bio-indicators

the North American experience." Lichens, bryophytes and air quality (1988): 67-89. Stapper, N. J., and V. John. "Monitoring climate change with lichens as bioindicators." 2268-3798 (2015). Continue Reading...

Climate Change and Corporate Environmental Policies

climate change is also described as global warming, the unnatural or manmade cause of the planet’s increase in temperature. climate change is physically caused by the release of greenhouse gases which get trapped in the atmosphere, in turn trapping heat from the sun on the planet (Meyer & Roser, 2006). Other pollutants can cause problems for the environment as well, such as toxins released into the water from chemical plants, or nuclear meltdowns that result in oceans being poisoned. These are also lumped in with… Continue Reading...

Climate Change Evidence

the current trend has a probability of a staggering 95% to have been generated by human intervention (“ climate change”). The fact that the current change has been generated by human activity and intervention is what makes the shift so especially worrisome. Industrialization since the nineteenth century has generated an explosion in the number of “heat trapping” gasses, most notably carbon dioxide, and “ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming” (“climate change”). One of the most glaring examples of the manifestation of global warming has been… Continue Reading...

Utilitarianism and Environmentalism in Ethics

a large number of people. Reducing pollution, limiting deforestation, preserving natural resources, protecting sensitive ecosystems, and mitigating climate change bring about the greatest good for the greatest number, what John Stuart Mill (2017) refers to as summum bonum, the fundamental principle of utilitarianism (p. 1). Therefore, most environmentally conscious policies, business practices, and personal behaviors can be viewed in utilitarian terms. Explanation of Theory Utilitarianism is a consequentialist ethical theory, which essentially means that its proponents focus more on the consequences of actions than on the motivations for the actions (Haines, n.d.). There are several types of utilitarianism, including… Continue Reading...

Environmentalism and Some Positive and Negative Trends

life. Industrial growth and development worldwide has also led to widespread problems that are no longer localized. climate change impacts even those areas with the least infrastructure or industrialization. Wind and water currents know no geo-political boundaries, and nor does the ozone layer. A build-up of greenhouse gases impacts all people, which is why solutions to environmental problems need to be tackled in a spirit of collaboration. In “The Environment: Re-Addressing Global Trends and Contemporary Issues,” Adebobola (n.d.) shows how democratic institutions at the national level are the key to creating collaborative solutions to environmental problems. Adebobola (n.d.) first… Continue Reading...

Preventing Mitigating Impacts Of Sea Level Increase

Case Study: climate change and Dealing with Sea Level Increase Rising sea levels have emerged as one of the major concerns in today’s world because of the increased devastating impacts of climate change or global warming. While increase in sea levels is expected to affect the whole world, some regions will be affected more than others. One of the regions that will be significantly affected by sea level increase in China based on a recent report from Climate Central. China is among one of the major Asian countries that… Continue Reading...

Genetically Modified Foods

benefits that GMO foods gives us is the ability to grow crops during the upheaval and uncertainty of climate change: “climate change will make much of the world's arable land more difficult to farm. GM crops, Zilberman says, could produce higher yields, grow in dry and salty land, withstand high and low temperatures, and tolerate insects, disease and herbicides” (Freedman, 2013). Just as compellingly, GMO foods have lowered the overall cost of food, making it more affordable. If more nations adopted it around the globe, world hunger would eventually be wiped out. In conclusion, as compelling as the evidence… Continue Reading...

Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

bites. One of the reasons some believe tick-borne diseases are on the rise is due to climate change. However, a recent study suggests the warming temperatures may reduce pathogen densities in a tick bite. Several studies have shown that replication rates of mosquito-borne pathogens increase with temperature, but we are aware of no studies addressing this issue for tick-borne pathogens. Alternatively, the immune responses of many invertebrates are temperature sensitive, so it is possible that ticks will be more likely to reduce pathogen densities or even clear their infections at warmer temperatures (Ostfeld & Brunner, 2015, p. 18). This means… Continue Reading...