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I Bid Thee Adieu

I have to say blogging was a different experience for class work, it really made it enjoyable. I could express my weirdness and be rewarded for it! There’s not a lot of classes you can get away with that in. It really supports creativity and has helped me become a better writer. These posts practically have written my research paper for me already, I just need to organize my ideas and create a thesis out of it.

Anywho, because I chose a topic I’m so fond of to research about I feel like I enjoyed the whole experience, but there were some bumps in the road.

I think it’s easy to see throughout my blogs I became more comfortable with typing simply what I felt about the topics instead over-thinking everything. My blogs went from being a choppy Q&A to flowing, and witty while still getting the point across.

Overall, I really liked this way of slowly moving into the research paper, it makes it less scary for sure!

Lol, I'm sorry I had to.

Lol, I’m sorry I had to.

 

My Stack of Sources

1. Cracked  Article; what’s better than to go straight to where this whole research paper started. This article is mainly about environmental myths, but I singled out the one that interested me the most which is about global climate change. The article states that most people believe that since we experience winter that means climate change doesn’t exist, which is a myth. I’m probably going to quote this article simply because I like how the author responds to it.

2. Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Article; this article looks at carbon dioxide levels throughout the years, which is extremely important to climate change studies since carbon is the main greenhouse gas causing the “warming”. It’s also full of good statistics!

3. Precise Monitoring of Global Temperature Trends from Satellites Article; this one also looks at changes in temperatures involving fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, however it has more current statistics and the satellites provide more accurate and detailed information.

4. Melting Ice Spurs Wild Weather Article; this article brings the jet stream into play. Talking about how because of the warming ice in the arctic is melting which is messing with the jet stream causing us the get hit my extreme weather.

5. Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast by David Archer; the book is split into three parts one being about the greenhouse effect, the other about the carbon cycle, and the last one about the forecast for global warming. It was a good find!

6. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing by John Houghton; this book is awesome. It has chapters on climates of the Earth’s past, the impact of climate change, and one about why we should be concerned. It also goes over topics seen in the last book I listed.

7. Global Warming: Myth or Reality? The Erring Ways of Climatology by Marcel Leroux; compared to my other two books this one goes into greater detail, it’s also twice as thick! It talks about the notions of global warming and the observational facts, besides the past climates.

8. Climate Change Might Just Be Driving the Historic Cold Snap Article; this article was included in the Cracked article and I thought it went nicely with my #4 source. It talks about the polar vortex that occurred a few months back and talks about the jet stream causing it.

Going on a Book Hunt

Any one person could walk into the library in search of something and then want to walk straight out. Which is exactly how I felt when given the task to find sources there. There’s thousands of books on five floors with only a piece a paper and some numbers as a guide. However, I actually liked the challenge. Although I’ll never completely understand how they organize their books, for some reason the Global Warming  topic is split between the 2nd floor and the basement.

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In my search I found three books that I’m pretty darn proud of. One goes into detail about whether it’s  myth or reality, another talks about why we should be concerned and strategies that should slow and stabilize climate change, and the last one has a whole part pertaining to the carbon cycle! I feel like such a nerd because, to me, this stuff is so interesting. I mean, it’s the fate of our world we’re talking about here!

They all support my thesis, although sometimes I forget that my thesis isn’t denying that global climate change exists, it’s merely stating that we’ll still have winter with slowly increasing temperatures. Yet it doesn’t hurt to dig a little deeper in my research and go beyond the Cracked article.  I have to say, I’m  pretty excited to pull everything I’ve found together for my final project.

 

Here’s Ollie with the Weather

MOTHER-NATURE MAD!

Back in my fifth post I actually went into detail about the article I really liked that I found on the library database, so I’m just going to requote what I said to give an idea. The article is called Melting Ice Spurs Wild Weather.

It talks about the dramatic weather changes recently like the drought in 2012. The cause? The jet-stream; the same cause for the “Polar Vortex” that hit us hard a few weeks ago. Now you might be asking, what does the jet-stream have to do with climate change? Well it turns out the Arctic sea-ice retreat alter large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.

Now, this only slightly contradicts my claim because these drastic changes only happen in short spurts and don’t effect long term climate change. I just thought it was very intriguing that geology can also be a big part of meteorology too!

The author comes to this conclusion by using SCIENCE! Basically, the researcher compared various meteorological records with satellite observations of snow and ice. Comparing this to the Cracked article; no this does not mean that it cancels winter, in fact it made our winter Hell this year. But I said it “slightly” contradicts because it also effects our summers, causing droughts.

Seriously though, just take in the fact that some ice melting in the north can cause random, short-bursts of chaos for the rest of the world. Now that’s something to think about.

Blerg Perst Sicks

I’ve decided. This post is going to be incredibly informal. Not that my other’s were terribly formal, but you get the jest of it. I mean look at my title, rebel. I’m not going to even look at my fifth post to go off of. Here’s to roughin’ it!

THE PROCESS. Step 1: Get on a PC; no macs allowed. Boom.

Step 2. Pull up the windows you need. For me it’s the OSU Library website, Pandora, D2L Assignment sheet, and lastly wordpress.

Step 3. Stare at the assignment sheet for approximately 5 minutes, proceed to search for topic on Library database.

Step 4.  Flip through Pandora channels, then get frustrated when none of them play anything good and switch to Youtube.

Step 5. Get distracted by Youtube.

Step 6. Remember what you were doing and shut off the video of a kid falling out of his chair for an ice-cream truck. *For distraction, click here* (Literally almost died laughing; my sickness made me cough uncontrollably.)

Step 7. Attempt to find articles and fail miserably.

And that’s my process. I bagged on the library search engine pretty badly on my last post, and my attitude towards it has changed actually. When I searched for stuff last Friday at the library I actually found three amazing books on the topic. So I take back what I said Library, you aren’t lame, you’re more than just a pretty face (OSU Campus icon) you’re actually full of knowledge.

Dazed and Confused… in the Library

Since I had to go and find a scholarly article on my own for my Cracked article. I’d like to think myself as a professional at finding sources. However, I’ve found that I prefer using J-Stor of the Library’s databases.

My biggest problem was finding decent articles about my topic. Most of the sources I clicked on would take me to short entries or sometimes they wouldn’t even pull up the page. Out of all the articles I looked at my favorite is Melting Spurs Wild Weather . The rest of the articles are pretty boring, and even worse–they don’t have an abstract! The horror, right?

Anyway, the article linked above in a way contradicts my thesis. It talks about the dramatic weather changes recently like the drought in 2012. The cause? The jet-stream; the same cause for the “Polar Vortex” that hit us hard a few weeks ago. Now you might be asking, what does the jet-stream have to do with climate change? Well it turns out the Arctic sea-ice retreat alter large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.

Now, this only slightly contradicts my claim because these drastic changes only happen in short spurts and don’t effect long term climate change. I just thought it was very intriguing that geology can also be a big part of meteorology too!

Greenhouse Gases Explained! (with memes)

In my last post I pulled an article from a volume of the “American Association for the Advancement of Science” journal called Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Basically, the article stresses that global warming does exist, even though some temperatures in parts of the world have decreased at periods of time where there was rapid carbon dioxide build-up. Now, I can see that may come off as contradictory but that’s mainly why scientists have renamed the whole spiel “Climate Change”–fancy right?

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The author uses the change of carbon dioxide levels over the years to show the cause of climate change and also to explain WHY it is the key ingredient to the greenhouse effect. Some people don’t even realize carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas, there’s also methane and water vapor (Yeah, water vapor.) Carbon dioxide is just the main gas responsible. Another fun fact; based on the Milankovitch theory we’re supposed to be in an ice age right now! But that’s for another time to explain. 279557_Papel-de-Parede-Meme-Impossibru_1400x1050

The information from the data gathered has shown in the next century the carbon dioxide abundance will have reached 600ppm (Parts Per Million; One part per million would mean that there is one gram of the pollutant in every one million grams of air. *Key The More You Know music.*) That’s even if we lower the usage of fossil fuel. The article goes on to say “Potential effects on climate in the 21st century include the creation of drought-prone regions in North America and central Asia as part of a shifting of climatic zones, erosion of the West Antarctic ice sheet with a consequent worldwide rise in sea level, and opening of the fabled Northwest Passage.” Now that’s something to think about.

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However, even with all the evidence scientists have backing the climate change theory, science never proves anything. It’s not fact, it’s a theory, a group of tested general propositions, and just like Aristotle, one of the smartest men of his time, can be proven wrong, so can this.

The first article’s primary focus is on the different types and scales of climate change uncertainty, and goes into detail on what that is. However it is very broad on the impact of increased amount of carbon dioxide found in our atmosphere. That’s where this article comes into play. The articles agree with one another, and work very well together. Now, going back to the less scholarly Cracked  article. They state “Global warming is not going to mean a universal increase across the board, like someone leaned on the thermostat. Yes, on average, the temperature has been going up, and it will continue to go up, but even then not by an amount that sounds immediately alarming.” Which ties all the other articles together. *phew. Deep breath.*

Hopefully next time I can get into the Milankovitch theory. Anywho, cheers for the meme usage!

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Going through the different abstracts from different sources has become more interesting than I anticipated. A lot of the references are from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). The conversations in the references I found are purely based on records to prove that climate change exists. One article from AAAS I found talks about the temperature change. “The global temperature rose by 0.2° C between the middle 1960’s and 1980, yielding a warming of 0.4° C in the past century.” Now, looking at that change it makes it clear that the “warming” is taking it’s time. However, the article goes on to predict the potential effect in the 21st century, stating the erosion of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and the opening of the Northwest Passage.

Another article shows temperature trends of the 1980’s using more satellites that provide us with a more precise atmospheric temperature. ” The warmest years, in descending order, were 1987, 1988, 1983, and 1980. The years 1984, 1985, and 1986 were the coolest.” It shows no obvious trend in a span of a decade.global-temperature-trend-chart

   For example, in this chart it shows the fluctuations in temperatures from the 1980s to now. There’s an obvious increase that can be seen, I’m not denying global warming’s existence, but it’s a small increase. An increase that isn’t drastic enough the change the seasons like some people believe.

Busting Environmental Myths

As a geology student I get told a lot that my major sounds quite boring. One thing I always get is “Wow, you study rocks.” In a plain sense, yes that is what we do but it’s much more than that. By studying rocks we’ve pulled apart the earth’s past and are slowly piecing together what may happen to our beloved planet in the future.

I found an article on Cracked that lists different environmental myths that a lot of people believe in and I found one particularly interesting. We’ve all heard of the term global-warming, but many of us don’t fully understand how it works. The number one myth most people believe is that global warming means we won’t have winter anymore.

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This article personally interests me because it’s over a big topic that geologists have to study, a lot of the stuff we learn all comes back to the earth’s current condition and so on.

The author seems to have gathered his information from various Time: Science & Space articles. However, I found a more formal source on the whole subject.