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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Billy Angelou, Feb. 27, 2014

Climate change is first and foremost an issue because people can’t even agree on whether or not it’s an issue in the first place. Before we even get into the solutions, we all (regardless of political party) need to come to the realization that yes, climate change is real and yes, it is affecting us in ways that we can see and feel. If you still believe that the freakish weather and heat waves we’ve been experiencing have nothing to do with climate change, you might want to ask your neighbor what he or she thinks because the majority of Americans now say they believe global warming is causing these incidents.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 28, 2014
    Yep. I love how people seem to adopt this ideal of selective ignorance, as if to hide the fact that they're gradually hurting the earth with their own poor decisions. Climate change is real, harmful, and unfortunate, and we need to do what we can to slow or prevent it. A good start is to just come to agreement that it's a real dilemma, and then go from there.

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Maxwell Coon, Oct. 25, 2013

Many people hold onto the notion that climate change isn’t caused by humans, or isn’t happening at all. Climate change is absolutely happening, and humans are the primary cause. Scientists have theorized since the beginning of the 20th century that the use of coal and fossil fuels could have an effect on the climate of the earth. Later it was shown that carbon dioxide rising into the atmosphere traps heat that would have left the atmosphere, which causes global climate change. In the 1950’s scientists directly linked the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to the fossil fuel emissions of humans. Scientists across the world all agree that these fossil fuel emissions are the leading cause of global climate change, and there is literally no evidence that has contradicted the ideas and principles of climate change. As soon as we realize that climate change is in fact happening the sooner we can start taking steps to meet the affects it will have on the world, and try to limit the damage.

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  • Soffía Sveinsdóttir Soffía Sveinsdóttir Feb. 12, 2014
    Hi Maxwell
    You are so right and I hate how people think that the scientist are making this thing up and that it's not the humans that are causing this because we are causing this and we have to change this.
  • Caitlin Bond Caitlin Bond Feb. 26, 2014
    Maxwell, I completely agree with you! Climate change is a very real issue that needs to be addressed soon before it becomes a problem we can no longer tackle or take control over.
  • Maddi Ownbey Maddi Ownbey Feb. 27, 2014
    Hey Maxwell, I agree with you completely. We as humans do not understand the impact we have on the environment around us. Everyone needs to figure out how to reduce their carbon footprints. Carpool, walk, ride a bike, there is so many ways to reduce using the gases that are burning away our atmosphere and are causing global warming.
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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Vincent Ceja, Oct. 24, 2013

Climate Change is a huge problem that is currently happening in not just one particular part of the world, but is happening everywhere. Many people deny that it’s actually happening, but they are wrong. More than 90% of all climate change is caused by human activity. This activity causes the trend that is the “greenhouse effect.” The greenhouse effect traps radiating heat from the earth in our atmosphere. Many different gases contribute to the greenhouse effect including water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons. Human activities are to blame for the rise of this change.
In the last 150 years, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose from 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million. i believe that this is all because the industrialization of the world. As we expand our economy, we will create many more harmful plants and factories that slowly destroy the earth.

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  • Christian Duffy Christian Duffy Oct. 25, 2013
    Hello my name is Christian,
    I do agree with your post for many reasons. I do believe that the greenhouse effect is a huge problem and that human activity is to blame for the rise of carbon being released. I think that simple actions such as using less electricity, carpooling, and doing simple tasks will help global warming tremendously. Its a shame that many people don't know about the huge consequences that can come from global warming.
  • Robert Ellis Robert Ellis Dec. 20, 2013
    Most people don't know that I feel the same way

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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
mayzie elizondo, Oct. 24, 2013

Climate change is going to affect our future. We need to act on this now if we are going to do anything about it. Many people are denying that we humans have such a big impact on global warming, these people are too scared to take fault into their own actions. We have to learn off of the facts, and look at how these wildfires are causing glaciers to melt at such a rapid pace, increasing our sea level. We have to have to change how we live so our ocean is not polluted with a million pounds of carbon every minute! Ignoring this change in our world will not help anything, it will only make things worse.

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  • Giulia O. Italy Giulia O. Italy Oct. 26, 2013
    Hi Mayzie I’m Giulia from Italy. I agree with you that the climate is changing because the glaciers are melting, there are too many wildfires and the sea level is increasing because there is too much CO2 in the world and I think that our planet can’t withstand all this carbon! The scientists are looking for a way to burn the hydrogen to produce water and minimize carbon emissions because the water isn’t pollutant. The hydrogen might be the alternative fuel in the future.
  • Tessa Stefan Tessa Stefan Feb. 19, 2014
    Hi Mayzie, I am Tessa from Germany and I absolutely agree with you. I think most people do not want to change their lifestyles. Using the car is really comfortable and I guess most people do not want to relinquish their comfort because that is the way with fewest resistance.

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Discussions Discussion LIGHT BULBS
Bianca Allen, Oct. 24, 2013

So, recently I came to a conclusion that I didn’t know how incandescent light bulbs actually affected the environment at all. So, I decided to research it and realised that it was just another thing that produced unnecessary amounts of carbon into the air and is literally a big reason on why the planet is suffering.

This is article linked down below has many offers to substituting the incandescent light bulb and many of them are really interesting. The fact that if people stopped using these poisonous bulbs would even save money since they wouldn’t have to be made constantly. I honestly am baffled at why people haven’t jumped on this change.

Then , after looking into it further through the article I found that the bulbs that didn’t produce carbon were more expensive. Just as so many other things in this world, especially America, expenses are what rule people by force and it saddens me deeply.

Persoanlly, I’m persuaded into persuading my parentals into really looking into making a permanent switch. A change can start with just one family and I’m on the list to make a change.

If you’re interested in seeing the different types of light bulbs people have been coming up with, take a look at the article. I’m open to anyone replying on what they think is the most interesting or any ideas that they have to making it so that making this important change can be universal. Because I’m honestly stuck.

http://www.eceee.org/all-news/columnists/Harry_Verhaar/Bulbs
Bianca Allen
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Discussions Discussion Carbon Footprint Challenge
Jean Cheng, Oct. 24, 2013

Heyy, my name is Jean Cheng. I live in Northern California, and recently in my biology class we’ve been studying the effects of CO2 emissions and how much it really affects the Earth. We did the International Carbon Footprint Challenge this past month. I’m surprised to see that my “carbon footprint” was less than the average American. That definitely makes me feel better, knowing that I might be helping the Earth a little bit.
Climate change is a serious deal that not only affects our lives, but also all life that surrounds us like plants, animals, and geographical areas. This is a one way fight that the Earth is losing, yet no one is winning. People need to think about how our actions will change the bulk of life.
Soon the changes that Earth could undergo will be irreversible, leaving dire consequences.
So people, let’s start thinking before acting. Maybe use less water, or walk instead of driving. Every little thing counts.

Jean Cheng
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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Andrew W, Oct. 23, 2013

Yes, I do believe that climate change is real, and so do scientists. According to real Climate (“RealClimate: September, 2013.” RealClimate RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct.), in September scientists came to a conclusion that humans are 95% sure HUMANS are the cause.

Though I do see where the other side is coming from. Many events, such at PETM (a 10+ degree Fahrenheit jump in only a couple thousand years), have caused some to believe that the world is just going through a hot spell, rising a little bit quicker than normal.

While both these arguments have their truths, I have to say the change is caused by humans. It cannot be only by coincidence that the steepest rise in temperature ever recorded (the last 50 years) is at the same time where we are all using and burning tons upon tons of carbon dioxide every day, more than ever before.

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Discussions Discussion Global Warming and the Politics Behind it
Ian W, Oct. 21, 2013

Hello all. I am a Californian high schooler.
Several weeks ago in biology class we were required to read an article on global warming. My article happened to be on the politics of global warming in America and the ‘deniers’ of global warming. The article started off by stating that global warming is definitely real, and his been proven numerous times by this group of scientists paid by the UN to gather information and evidence on this exact topic. It then veered into a slightly different direction that made me feel quite ashamed to live in this country.

In America, global warming is an ‘iffy’ topic. Some people don’t believe in it, and many others do. But I already knew that. What I did not know is that practically the rest of the world accepts it as a fact, that yes, humans have altered the environment through carbon dioxide pollution. There are only two other countries besides America, Australia and Canada, that sit with their noses up denying it. I found this fact disgusting, especially since so much hard evidence is in front of them, shouting out the obvious. Then I read on.

For the past 20-odd years, the deniers have been waging war on some poor scientists, bashing them for the tiniest mistakes in their reports, and coming up with quite a few excuses as to why these climate changes are happening. Also, many of the global warming deniers broadcasting these excuses in Congress and on the news are reportedly backed by oil and gas companies, who have the most to lose in an effort to go green. Overall, the article framed these deniers as real sleezeballs, and did an accurate job.

I suppose what I’m trying to do with this post is to inform those not already knowledgeable on the politics of global warming to read this article:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warming-is-very-real-20130912
Ian W
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Discussions Discussion Environment blocked by turning a blind eye
Emily T, Oct. 21, 2013

In my biology class we learned about our carbon footprint and global warming. We used the Carbon Footprint Calculator which is a Stanford based site. I expected that my carbon footprint would be about the same as California’s average and slightly above the average of the world. I was correct that my average was about the same as the average Californian’s but I was shocked at how high my footprint was compared to the world’s. I also suspected that my transportation would be high and I was right. My family takes small vacations on all breaks from school that are at least three days long. I also take a bus to my away volleyball games each week and my dad drives me to my tournaments on the weekends. These tournaments are on average 20 miles away with a separate high school to travel to for placing higher depending on how well we’re playing. Traveling in our car emits lots pollution over long distances which contributes to greenhouse gasses and the worsening of global warming.
I believe that I will greatly reduce my footprint once I no longer have tournaments that are fairly far away each weekend. I can also take shorter showers to conserve the amount of water I’m using. I hope to greatly reduce my carbon footprint by this time next month. If you’d like to calculate your own footprint, you can follow the link below. If enough people with high carbon output can lower their footprint, then the progress of global warming can be slowed down and changes can be made to avert the worst of global warming’s problems.

http://footprint.stanford.edu/footprint2.html
Emily T
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Discussions Discussion Is climate change real? Is it mostly human …
Benjamin Lewis, Oct. 21, 2013

I think climate change is very real, the cause however is much more mysterious. Humans definitely play their part, but the world has been known to heat and cool over time. With humans polluting the air as we are, though, it’s hard to say for sure. It could be the glaciers melting in Greenland, for all we know.

Benjamin Lewis
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  • roxy Wheaton roxy Wheaton Oct. 22, 2013
    I agree that the climate change has been happening even before humans started to pollute the earth, but the glacier that are melting in Greenland are a result of human pollution. Fires in Colorado and Canada are sending a of soot over the tundra, causing the heat to get trapped into the snow and having the glaciers melt.
    The worst part about the climate change is that there are very few people that are informed about it. Scientists are doing their best to alert the public that their planet us slowly dying, but with very few research funds and the amount of donations decreasing, it is extremely hard to make everybody aware.
    Although our footprint on the earth is already huge, we can stilly line complete destruction. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to decrease the amount waste that fill our landfills and potentially go into our ocean.
  • luke lawler luke lawler Oct. 24, 2013
    I also agree that the climate has been changing over time. even though most people blame it solely on human pollution there is more to it that that. There have been discoveries that show that there have been significant climate changes millions of years ago which proves human pollution is not the only cause. but with pollution still affecting the climate i think people play a large role in being able to lower CO2 emission and possibly revering the effects in the future.
  • Vincent Ceja Vincent Ceja Oct. 25, 2013
    I agree with your statement, but there is lots of evidence that shows the effect the humans have with climate change. And the glaciers melting in Greenland are a result of our pollution! In the past years the atmospheric carbon levels have risen equally along with our economical rise. The steady rise of earths industrialization is mostly to blame for.

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