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My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Climate Change is a Heated Topic

It is possible that we have already gone past the point of return, before some of us have even realized that climate change isn’t a hoax. But, global warming? How absurd obviously “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” If this sounds familiar, then you may recognize the tweet of your future president, Donald Trump.

I would beg to differ with this statement. Personally, I believe the estimated 97% of climate scientists (according to NASA) who do recognize the effects of global warming, over the news broadcasters that discredit justifiable scientific research. I’m not asking anyone to blame themselves for global warming, but the first step is to acknowledge that something terrible is happening.

If you assess the issue of global warming, you would see that it seems to have a domino effect. One fact that you may have heard is that glaciers, sea ice and ice sheets are melting. Because of this, the amount of infrared radiation deflected by the ice back into space also decreasing, which makes the atmosphere heat up more, and ends up melting a greater amount of ice. Sea levels rise and affect waterfront communities. The hotter the atmosphere, the more moisture it can hold, and I theorize that this is why we’ve received so much rainfall recently. According to IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 2001, “There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as complex as the world’s climate. However there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems.”

The oceans, which cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface area, do their part to help keep the atmosphere’s CO2 levels down. However, in doing this, the oceans also must take a hit. When CO2 levels rise, more carbonic acid is formed, and the pH levels of oceans become more acidic. According to National Geographic, this can lead to developmental and/or reproductive disorders in certain marine animals. Speaking of animals, animals, plants, people and even ecosystems alike will suffer.

A common misconception about global warming is that since overall temperatures are rising, it doesn’t make sense for it to be colder in some places. Does this mean that global warming isn’t real, since it’s supposed to be hot? Not necessarilythere are narrow bands of strong winds encircling the earth called jet streams, as according to Live Science. These control masses of warm and cool air and are affected by temperature. When the jet streams are warmer, the weather becomes more extreme― this includes flooding, stronger hurricanes, prolonged drought, heavy rain, etc.

“Before the Flood,” a documentary by National Geographic, is one of the sources that convinced me of this: climate change is indefinitely caused by human activity. Who else? We are the most dominant creatures on planet Earth, and we make the decisions to combust fossil fuels for daily necessities such as energy and production, transportation and agriculture, according to National Geographic. We create the loss of forests and many other parts of nature. Yes, these are things that we depend on, but is it so difficult to opt for a cleaner form of energy (one that doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gases) to rely on?

As a generalization, about half of the republican politicians have been said to oppose climate change. Also, many companies that (ehem) make profit at the Earth’s expense, such as petroleum companies, will deny global warming. No one wants to be called a hypocrite if they believe that climate change is an issue, yet they still invest. Also, according to Huffington Post, certain republican politicians will chose to credit skeptics, rather than scientists. In saying this, could Trump’s reasoning be more personal than we thought?

Many speculate the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency will be Myron Ebell, the director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The appointment of Ebell will lead to many major changes (as Trump promised); whether good or bad, we do not know for sure. According to a quote by Ebell, and cited from The New York Times, he said that he hoped the elected president would “undo the E.P.A. power plant regs and some of the other regs that are very harmful to our economy.” Ebell is more concerned with the economy than the environment. Depending on who you are, opinions on his statement will vary. Freshman Nicole Hong said, “Global warming makes it harder to grow crops, which is hard on farmers. This increases the price of crops and affects the economy.” So, global warming does in fact affect the economy. The issue is that Ebell does not believe in it. A climate contrarian and the head of the Cooler Heads Coalition, Myron Ebell disagrees with Barack Obama’s signature to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (yikes).

While some claims to support climate change will be false, there are always claims that ring true. Climate change is real, and it is no longer some distant fantasy. If we don’t act now, what will future generations have left to enjoy of the earth? The effects of global warming are disastrous, and those who cannot see this are turning a blind eye to what matters, to what gives us life and daily wonders: our beloved planet Earth.

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