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Guest viewpoint: global warming

If Earth were an apple, the skin of the apple would be the thickness of our world’s atmosphere. Indeed, we are most fortunate in our distance from the sun: On one side of us, we have the planet Venus which has extremely violent weather patterns with temperatures of 9000 F and 99 percent carbon dioxide; on the other side, we have Mars, a dry planet where temperatures of -800 F are common. Indeed, our planet’s placement is most critical and fortunate.

Should We Be Worried?

Should we be worried about our world warming up? My answer is yes! Most of the north polar ice has melted leaving some 90 percent of the ice in the southern glacial Antarctic region. This is resulting in an increased heat and pressure/wind gradient causing unprecedented weather violence. Glacial melting with its added moisture could theoretically raise the water levels to disastrous levels flooding the coastal cities. This would occur especially if Antarctic’s west glacial mass were to break off and melt; and, because of all this, it would seem inevitable that the El Nino would also change — a system in itself little understood. And, this has all happened much faster than history would predict. For example, Ice Ages are roughly correlated to our planet’s changing orbit, tilt, and gyration; global change in temperatures of 2 or 30 F can transform the landscape with a noticeable effect, as suggested above. These changing patterns occur over thousands of years.

The primary cause for this global warming and changing weather is the excess buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere due to emissions from factories, houses, cities, automobiles, ships, planes, etc. Let’s first take a look at some of the “solutions” already in place and the arguments for and against. Solar Power, making use of the heat of the sun, and Wind Power are used to generate heat in the winter and running fans and cooling units in the summer. Solar and wind are fine on an individual level; but, on an industrial level we can’t get enough consistent energy to be cost effective.

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