An article by Josh Clark called Are Climate Skeptics Right? from science.howstuffworks.com talked about the different factors that climate change deniers believe that influences the way scientists measure the temperature of the Earth. According to Clark, Anti-global warming skeptics believe that weather stations in urban areas produce inaccurate measurements due to the influence of a term called ‘urban heat island’ (NA). This term talks about the heat produced by cities’ transportation systems, heat-absorbing asphalt, and high concentrations of carbon dioxide coming from homes and businesses in urban areas (Clark). Reflecting back to the introduction of Chapter 7 about global warming, the author believes that climate change is caused by human activities and that it is damaging our planet whereas climate change deniers think that our measurements are influenced by urban areas due to the high temperature that they produced, so they say that “climate change’ is a result of inaccurate temperature measurement.
Link for the article: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/climate-skeptic1.htm
- The meaning and significance of ecology.
Ecology is the study of the relationship between living organisms and the physical environment. It helps us understand how animals, plants, and all other living things interact with their environment. For example, humans are using natural resources in their environment at a tremendous pace where we do not even give our environment time to recover from our actions. Another example of how we interact with our environment is how much waste we produce and mishandle which causes the majority of the pollution that is on our planet. Ecology is important because it’s the only way for us to come up with ways and methods of how we can help our environment to thrive and to stop it from dying. Without this type of study, our chances of worsening the condition of our planet would be far from what our brains can even imagine.
- Does nature have value in itself?
Nature is the reason how we, humans, are able to thrive on this planet. Without our natural resources and the different factors of what helps us sustain life on this planet is a price that is unmeasurable. The different elements of our planet’s nature help us go through our daily lives, especially in this technology era where we are constantly building high-grade technology products that we use to improve our lifestyle. To summarize my points about the price of nature, it’s obvious that we cannot put a price on it because it’s priceless.
- Who should pay the cost for protecting the environment — those responsible for causing the pollution or those who stand to benefit from protection and restoration. Explain your position.
I feel like everyone, those who caused the pollution and those who stand to save and restore our planet, should help each other out to pay the cost for protecting our environment. There are too many finger pointing and blaming going on, and it’s not getting us any closer to eliminating factors and other elements that are contributing to climate change, pollution, and other harmful products of human activities that are causing our planet to wither. We should all step up and be responsible for what we have done to our environment. We need to start walking on the right path to protecting our planet such as pursuing sustainability, recycling, and regulating the waste we produce to avoid any more damages to our environment.