No, Climate Change Is Not The Same As Seasonal Weather

No, Climate Change Is Not The Same As Seasonal Weather

Contrary to what some politicians may believe, overwhelming evidence supports a human catalyst for global climate change and degradation.

"The dominance of short-term perspectives has led to routine decisions in the markets that sacrifice the long-term buildup of genuine value in pursuit of artificial, short-term gains... As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions." -- Al Gore

So, you've heard climate change is a scam? Allow me to clear up some common misconceptions — so common, even a president can make them!

1. Local weather is not an indication of global temperature patterns, averages/rates of warming, cooling, and sea levels.

Climate is different than weather. In short, the climate is atmospheric averages over long periods of time while weather is atmospheric occurrences observed during any single instance.

Honestly, any junior in high school should know this.

Trump's primary concern seems to be monetary capital. His solution? Cut funding for environmental science research and restoration. It truly is ironic that by attempting to save money in short-term, he is suggesting we sacrifice not only trillions^10 USD. in future global infrastructure destruction but the health and well-being of our planets plants, animals, and resources. Keep in mind, the global population is increasing dramatically, and so is use and processing of natural resources. If more effort is not put into sustainable environmental practices and transparency in media — capitalism will take precedence over longevity — and the world will be dead before the next millennium.

Unfortunately for Trump, who claims to be right about everything.

2. science does not support his claims that a cold winter indicates a fraudulent climate change.

A recent article on critically acclaimed Scientific American addresses this misconception with data backed by NOAA and NASA:

"On the surface it certainly can appear that way (harsh and cold). But just because some of us are suffering through a particularly cold and snowy winter doesn't refute the fact that the globe is warming as we continue to pump carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997. And the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA) reports that recent decades have been the warmest since at least around 1000 AD, and that the warming we've seen since the late 19th century is unprecedented over the last 1,000 years."

Scientific consensus suggests on average over 95% of professional scientists agree global warming is an immediate and malignant threat. Essentially, the real scam is capitalism and those who deny man-made climate change.

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It is incredibly dangerous to allow this misinformation to be spread by those with widespread influence.

It is not too late to slow the rate of warming. There is already irreparable damage done to many ecosystems, but hope should not be lost. Don't let anyone tell you the cause is hopeless, because if everyone believed that it would be. Although much of the damage done by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is polluted from companies, companies in which the individual has little or no control over, we do have control over politicians and law-makers who have better access to large-scale methods of downscaling carbon emissions.

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Let's start at the beginning of time. It is important to keep in mind that The timeline of bipedal homo (upright early humans) extends only 0.01% of the total age of the planet.

Often you may hear an argument citing interglacial and glacial periods being a natural part of the Earth's processes. This is actually true. The caveat here is that it takes massive amounts of time (hundreds of thousands) of years to switch between climate maximums and minimums. We know this argument does not support an absence of climate change because the rate of current warming is documented to be 1000s of times faster than ever recorded in 99.9 % of Earths biological history.

Significant, indisputable spikes in carbon levels correlated with unprecedented climate patterns line up with the expansion of the mechanical age — only 200 years ago. This is approximately .0001% of the Earths timeline.

This leads us to only one conclusion: the rate of climate change is manmade. We know that there has been a severe disruption in the natural processes of the Earth, and without careful attention and policy changes — man will destroy the Earth inimitable a few centuries if we even get that far.

So, You've Heard About inter-glacial periods? We're fine then, right?

You wish.

Unfortunately for us, "Each glacial period lasted for 40-100 thousand years, whereas the interglacial periods are shorter, typically 5-40 thousand years." So, it is irrational to suggest the rate of warming (see below under Green House Effect) is naturally occurring.

Natural interglacial Periods happen over hundreds of thousands of years--not 200 years.

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How does global warming happen?

Global warming is attributed to the Greenhouse effect. Human endeavors such as burning coal, oil, and gas release toxins (cO2, Methane, NO2, etc...) into the atmosphere, shattering healthy balances of chemicals that not only humans breath, but the entire Earth breaths. These gases form a semi-barrier high above Earth's surface and traps heat rays inside.

The Greenhouse effect is another natural occurrence aggravated by human behavior.

Fun fact: Gas, oil, and coal are actually pressurized ancient biotic matter and we only have a finite amount of it!

CO2 is the top contributor to the Greenhouse Effect. It is undeniable that human activities have glutted the air with harmful chemical levels.

CO2 Rates are climbing exponentially. The only explanation is human pollution.

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“Earth's climate has warmed significantly since the late 1800s, human activities (primarily greenhouse gas emissions) are the primary cause, continuing emissions will increase the likelihood and severity of global effects, and that people could manage future climate change impacts through intense efforts at reducing further warming while preparing for any unavoidable climate changes." —Wikipedia

Why does this matter?

Those who combat science may say: “what is a couple inches of sea level increase to us? I quite enjoy hotter weather."

Well, despite being a moral issue as caretakers for this planet being a good enough reason, if it takes personal safety to be in jeopardy for one to care, then there is a reason for concern there, too.

Sea level rising will not only flood and destroy coastal towns, but it will also eradicate many crops and marine communities instantly. A few degrees of sea level warming can kill almost all marine life. Marine life is integral for many cultural main sources of food and supplies. Not only will marine ecosystems suffer, but land crop cycles will also be put to the test: and not all industries of marketable food will survive.

Basically, if we allow this to continue at this rate within the next hundred years we will see (if we aren't already): food shortages, clean water shortages, infrastructure damage, loss of land, species, and habitat, wildfires, depletion of oil and gas supplies, acidification of oceans, and increasing rates of extreme weather events.

It's getting hot in here.

Not only will we lose marine ecology, but permanent temperature change also causes unpredictable and chaotic natural disasters.

It being cold during certain times of the year is by NO MEANS an indicator of the absence of climate change.

Belief in convenient falsehoods will kill us all. Not only will present and future members of the human species suffer because of this, but the planet will also exhaust all of its resources at an exponential rate furthering warming and forever destabilizing all of Earth's biomes, and the life within them.

How can we help?

- Clean Energy Solutions (hydro energy, wind energy, geothermal...etc.)

- Reduction of dependence on oil, capitalism, and one-use industries.

- Sustainable management of resources such as food, water, soil, trees, and

- Political and social ramifications for polluters and caps on emissions.

- A Common Goal: Sustainability of future life on Earth.

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11 Ways to Save the Great Barrier Reef

The reef is alive. So what do we do now?

We've all seen the tweets. "The Great Barrier Reef is dead!" "Humans killed a 25 million-year-old reef, I hate humans." "We're so evil, how could we do this to the Earth?" Twitter and Facebook have exploded with comments not unlike these. What people don't realize is that the reef is still alive, but in deep trouble. It is now more important than ever for people to take initiative and take steps towards saving this important reef ecosystem. Here's how you can help.

1. CARE: Don't just assume other people will help!

Don't let yourself fall victim to the bystander effect. It is up to each and every individual to save the Great Barrier Reef, along with the rest of the world's coral reefs.

2. Conserve water to reduce runoff.

You may not live nearby the ocean, but dangerous chemicals can still find their way there through lakes, rivers, and streams. By conserving water, you will reduce the risk of runoff and therefore reduce negative effects on coral reefs.

3. Dispose of trash properly.

Disposing of trash properly will decrease the risk of it reaching the ocean where it can harm marine wildlife and throw off the natural pH levels of the ocean.

4. Carpool to reduce CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions are the leading cause of climate change's quickening rate. By carpooling, CO2 emissions are decreased, slowing the rate of global warming. Slowing global warming will effectively reduce coral bleaching (the phenomenon that currently ails more than 90% of the Great Barrier Reef).

5. Only buy appliances with the Energy Star label to reduce Global Warming's effects.

Appliances with the Energy Star label are better for the environment.

6. Reduce the use of air conditioning and heating units.

By cutting down on the use of air conditioners and heating units, you are reducing HFCs. This will slow the rate of climate change.

7. Purchase LED light bulbs to slow climate change.

LEDs use up to 80% less energy than regular light bulbs. Conserving energy is an important step in slowing climate change.

8. Support the Clean Power Plan.

This is a link to tell your government to support the Clean Power plan. Supporting this plan may convince government officials to take more steps towards protecting the environment. There are also websites similar to this one that petition government officials to take action.

9. Donate.

This is a link to donate to a foundation that will put money towards saving the Great Barrier Reef. Endangered Species International is a legitimate organization that uses the donations they receive wisely. Imagine the possibilities is everyone gave just a couple dollars!

10. Tweet about it. Post about it. Snap about it.

Spread the word about the Great Barrier Reef's demise. Get people to care. Make sure everyone remembers that coral reefs are still here, and they are in desperate need of our help.

11. Don't spread the idea that the reef is a hopeless case!

Above all, do not believe this is a hopeless case. Coral reefs can still be saved. Keep the hope!

The Great Barrier Reef is not dead yet. We still have time. Work on making your own contributions to save the coral reefs. It would be a shame to believe the reef is dead, realize it is still alive, and then do nothing. Do something. Make an effort to change the course of our planet. Do not let the Great Barrier Reef go without putting up a fight.

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'Unfortunately, Ready To Wear' Reminds Us Of Global Warming's Growing Threat

Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them.


This past week, 21-year-old creative influencer, model, actor and designer Luka Sabbat released a collection of clothes and gear titled, "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear," created in collaboration with Milk studios and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The line consisted of five pieces, meant to protect their wearers from the future effects of global warming. The line is prepared for infectious diseases, heat waves, air pollution, extreme storms and environmental refugees.

The exhibit opened February 9th at Milk Studios in Chelsea New York. Sabbat designed headphones designed to alert users of incoming weather, a long jacket to protect from environmental extremes and diseases, complete with a netted face mask, a bandana to block out dirty air and a backpack with solar panels that doubled as a sleeping bag. Next to each "fashion" essential were signs describing their importance. Videos showing interviews with Sabbat, clips of the creation process and shots of our world's environment were projected onto two walls. Also around the gallery were photos shot by photographer Noah Dillon. The photos showed models wearing Sabbat's designs in destroyed areas of Malibu, California, where huge wildfires recently wreaked havoc.

The NRDC is a non-profit charity based in the United States that works tirelessly to protect and preserve the environment. Due to their partnership with Sabbat, they set up a table at Milk for the opening of the gallery in order to promote environmentally conscious thinking and to convince event goers to sign a pledge to better and preserve their environment. Displayed on the table were pins and stickers depicting the five threats of global warming that Sabbat focused on within his collection.

At one point in the night, those who attended the opening gathered around Sabbat to listen to the young influencer discuss his project. Sabbat told his listeners that he had made the gallery intentionally hot through the use of fans blowing hot air, in order to underline the event with a taste of the pressing, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous reality of our planet's shifting climate. He reminded those around him that they have a choice in their day to day life to avoid the earth's increasingly unpredictable climate, and that those living in third world countries would feel and suffer from the effects long before those residing in a first world country like the United States. In reply to those complaining about the stuffy room, Sabbat said, "It's conceptual."

Although those attending the event did not seem too preoccupied with the environment, and rather more interested in the open bar and taking photos, collections like Sabbat's have the power to educate a larger audience about important issues like global warming. Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them. Although this new generation is often criticized by its predecessors for an obsession with smartphones, social media and superficiality, empowered, young individuals like Luka Sabbat continue to prove them wrong.

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