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Global warming: What are your views on it?

A moonlit night on the mountains in Arosa, Switzerland.
A moonlit night on the mountains in Arosa, Switzerland.
photo: AP/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella

There has been an enormous buzz going on about Global Warming and the efforts to slow it down.  The emphasis at the Copenhagen Conference this passed December has been on reducing carbon emissions in every country to keep the world's atmospheric temperature from increasing by 2 degrees.  Two degrees may not seem like a lot, but it may cause catastrophic changes. 

Some of these changes include raised sea levels (e.g.most of Florida under water), melting glaciers (which is already happening at the earth's poles) diluting the ocean's salt levels and creating cooler ocean temperatures that disrupt reliable ocean currents.  These events can directly cause global climatic changes like droughts, desertification, and extreme weather systems.  Melting mountain glaciers affect regional water supplies and contribute to increased temperatures as well. The question is:  how many people think it's true and are they willing to act if it is?  Here is some food for thought:

  1. Do you think, given the information made available by a majority of scientists, that global warming has increased since humanity started the industrial revolution?
  2. How do you feel about workers imploring the government not to regulate their industry's emission practices for fear of losing their jobs? (Please remember that the "Cap & Trade" pollution policy has been around for at least a decade.)  
  3. Is our world's climatic shift less important than job security?
  4. Should all large industries be required to adopt sustainable practices by a specific date? 
  5. If the global warming "theory" is a real concern and the catastrophic possibilities do occur, will you really want to tell your child that you were one of the people who stood against making any changes while you had the chance?
  6. Finally, does anyone feel that a naturally occurring global climatic shift is any less alarming than one that wasn't caused by humanity?  Ice Ages and mass extinctions have occurred in the past.  Will we be one of the next mass of casualties?   

 **For updated world-wide information on environmental concerns, check out the Environment News Service at  They have news stories on the Copenhagen Conference and the Accord that was accomplished at the end of the talks.

Thanks for your input and keep up the debate.

A. Fry


  • Nancy Adamson 5 years ago

    I think the evidence of temperature increases paralleling CO2 increases in the last century, and the incredibly quick melting of glaciers around the globe in recent years, is overwhelming. It's very hard for me to understand how people can ignore that.

  • Renee 5 years ago

    Future climate prediction is difficult, as it depends upon many inter-related variables. I think this issue is difficult for some people to grasp since it is based on models and not what is occurring right now, except for the glacier melt, which is "far away" and their need for employment is immediate. I think the best approach to this argument is a multi-faceted one. The US dependence on fossil fuels that create climate change cause many other problems, such as our dependence on foreign countries that are politically volatile or unfriendly to the US for the fuel, the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels other than CO2, like smog, and oil spills from tankers on the ground and in the ocean that cause damage to ecosystems.

  • April 5 years ago

    The Science Channel had a program on last week about the possible consequences of global warming of even 1 more degree. On top of the world's consumption of fossil fuels, cattle represent a larger portion of greenhouse gases than I realized: the methane that they exhale. It has something to do with their method of digestion. There are indeed, many layers to this problem and some of the answers may include reducing the consumption of beef for climate reasons as well as lost and degraded ecosystems from unsustainable farming practices. Wind and solar energy are a good bet if efforts are made to reduce dangers to migrating birds.

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