Archive for July, 2012


Why Should We Care that the Earth is Getting Warmer?

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

With all this Global Warming talk, why should I care if the Earth is getting hotter?

I think there are a lot of people with this question on their mind, especially for the people who are living in climates where maybe a little warm air would make their life a lot better. It’s short, the hotter the Earth gets, the more the world climate changes.

See, the Earth is part of a very delicate balance. We can forget that there is a big world (more…)


The Dangers of Rising Sea Levels

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

During the last 100 years, glaciers and ice shelves around the world have melted due to increasing average temperatures caused by global warming. One of the most dangerous effects of this climate change is rising sea levels.

The world’s oceans are predicted to rise up to 55 centimeters during the next century and have already risen by 20 centimeters in the last 100 years. This rapid rise can lead to catastrophic consequences for the planet and its people.

Just a small rise in sea levels can cause tremendous flooding problems in coastal areas, but sea levels may rise (more…)


Severe Droughts Are Becoming More Common

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Since time immemorial there have been droughts that resulted in famines. Droughts are defined as a prolonged period without rainfall. The drought is usually regional.

Now there are serious droughts all over the world. From 2003, Australia had a protracted and harsh drought that occurred in portions of Australia. It was the worst drought on record. As of November 2006, the late winter and mid spring rains didn’t happen. The drought has lasted into this year. Somalia in East Africa has suffered from a drought resulting in famine from 2009 to 2011. Portions of the Amazon basin have endured the worst (more…)


How Will Humans Adjust to the New Climate?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The climate has changed drastically over the past hundred years. On just about every place on Earth, the summers have gotten hotter, and the winters have gotten shorter and milder. Glaciers are melting and certain types of life are being to die. It is estimated the Earth’s temperature has increased by 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 10 years.

Human beings are already being forced to adjust to this change in climate. People are spending less time outside, and those who do go outside are strongly advised to wear sunscreen. Because people are (more…)


Are Heat Waves Becoming Stronger and More Common?

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

A heat wave is a large pocket of hot air moving into an area of cooler air. I use the term cooler since 90 degree air is cooler than 80 degree air.

But are these heat waves becoming stronger and happening more often? Yes.

As the Earth increases it’s temperature and there is less white space on the Earth to reflect the Sun’s rays, the Earth’s temperature heats up. Let’s step back for a moment, what are the white (more…)