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The Global Warming Debate

Posted by on Saturday, 12 June, 2010

This is necessary because of the scandal at Hadley CRU. We can’t fix this problem when much of the United States population believes that this is a made up issue. We are also taking a major chance here, since other countries will develop methods to deal with these problems. I’m not in favor of the United States having to purchase mitigation equipment from other countries, or having predictable disasters cause further damage to our economy. It’s especially a problem when younger Americans don’t seem to consider global warming a major concern, and this is happening, according to E360.

I’ve heard people say that greenhouse gases are not a problem, or that Carbon Dioxide should not be considered a greenhouse gas. Are you familiar with reports on the atmosphere of Venus? Enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and large amounts of heat will be trapped, and the temperature will skyrocket. It is possible that the warming will open up new farmland near the poles, such as in the Canadian tundra, but it will destroy farmland around the equator, producing many more refugees. Carbon particles that land on ice in the Arctic absorb heat just as the black asphalt in cities absorbs heat, as the ice changes from clear to black.

Global warming causes a lot of natural disasters, especially in California, according to the University of California.
Some of these problems are things I have written about in the past. An increase in the temperature melts ice and makes the sea levels rise. For a state like California, with large populations on the coast, this can cause disasters. In addition, higher average temperatures increase the damage that wildfires cause in California. The Securities and Exchange Commission now requires corporations to take these effects into account when estimating future profitability on their financial statements. Generally Accepted Accounting Practices require a company to list expected losses on its books when there is a high likelihood that the losses will happen.

Sometimes, the best way to argue in favor of a position is to study the opponents’ arguments, in my opinion. Here is an anti global warming argument. The paper claims that dealing with global warming is expensive. It is expensive, and the damage from not dealing with these problems is even more expensive. The author suggests conspiracy theory, which can signal a weak argument. Finally the author does suggest methods of mitigation such as cleaning carbon out of the air, which is definitely possible. Preventing a problem is often cheaper than dealing with a problem which has already happened, just look at the Gulf of Mexico as an example.

Climate Change in the Alps

Posted by on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

The Alps are a world famous destination for vacations, and many travelers visit these mountains each year to ski and snowboard during the winter months. The Swiss government is concerned about climate change because it is having significant effects on the snow in the Alps.

The European Environment Agency is researching the effects of climate change in the Alps. Specifically, the Alps are heating up as more carbon is added to the atmosphere. According to the European Environment Agency, the temperature in the Alps is increasing twice as fast as the overall temperature average for the entire planet. This is a major problem, as a smaller temperature increase here will cause the snow to melt without other locations seeing a temperature increase that impresses the urgency of the issue on them.

The major concern with climate change in the Alps is water supply. The tourist resorts use a lot of water, and Switzerland also supplies water to other parts of Europe. A temperature increase will cause a drought, and instigate conflicts between the separate cantons. Switzerland might be forced to shut down some of its resorts because its citizens need the water, and a snowfall reduction might also limit the season for some outdoor activities.

The Swiss government is also studying the effects of climate change in the Alps. Melting snow on mountains changes a solid ice pack into water and mud. This creates hazards as the mountains themselves are no longer stable, and there will be avalanches, mudslides, falling rocks, and other disasters as the snow melts further. According to Swisster, melting permafrost is already increasing the levels of bacteria in Swiss drinking water and the runoff from the mountains is contaminating well water supplies.

Even the small expected change is expected to have a drastic effect on resorts, according to Swiss Info. The global temperature increased about two degrees Celsius in the last 250 years, according to Swiss Administration News. Of course, global temperature is increasing faster now as more companies become industrialized and build factories and cars. An increase of two degrees Celsius globally will raise the average temperature in the Alps about four degrees, and according to Swiss Info this would make snow cover unreliable for half of the resorts in Switzerland. The effect of climate change is much greater in German areas of the Alps, where only a one degree Celsius increase makes sixty percent of their resorts unreliable for snow coverage.