Nature's Call for Help



North Pole may be ice-free for the first time
(Associated Press ; msnbc)

WASHINGTON - There’s a 50-50 chance that the North Pole will be ice-free this summer, which would be a first in recorded history, a leading ice scientist says.
The weather and ocean conditions in the next couple of weeks will determine how much of the sea ice will melt, and early signs are not good, said Mark Serreze. He’s a senior researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.
The chances for a total meltdown at the pole are higher than ever because the layer of ice coating the sea is thinner than ever, he said.




News from around the world are alarming these days especially with regards to the most vigorously debated topic on Earth, the issue of climate change or the so called "Global Warming"
It has been the center of research of most countries and the development of technology to fight it is their utmost concern.




Antarctic ice shelf collapses due to global warming. According to Eugene Domack, professor of geosciences at Hamilton College that the break-up of the ice shelf was caused by a combination of long-term thinning (by a few tens of meters) over thousands of years and short term (multi-decadal) cumulative increases in surface air temperature that have exceeded the natural variation of regional climate during the Holocene period (the last 10,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age).


Photograph of Agassiz Glacier in 1913

Same location in 2005



Boulder Glacier in 1932

Same location in 2005



Chaney Glacier Terminus in 1911

Same location in 2005



Grinnell Glacier in 1940

Same location in 2004

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate carrying out global warming research have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100. Changes resulting from global warming may include rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as an increase in occurrence and severity of storms and other severe weather events. reports had found out that human activities have been increasing the concentration of "greenhouse gases" in the atmosphere.





We can only combat global warming if we act now. The very same human ability and industrial capacity that created the problem can solve it.

Wikipedia states that the most practical way to prevent global warming is not to use as much of the stuff that creates greenhouse gases. On a local level, people can help by using less energy. The electricity that is needed to power our electronics comes from power plants, which burn fossil fuel to produce electricity. Here are a few specific ways that humans can help to lower emissions:

  1. Turn off lights when they are not in use. Although the light bulb itself does not emit gases, the power plants that are powering it do.
  2. Whenever possible, use a fan instead of air conditioning.
  3. Keep a car tuned up. When it is running properly, it emits fewer harmful gases.
  4. Walk or ride a bike when it's possible.
  5. Recycle. Un-recycled garbage ends up in a landfill, which produces methane. In addition, recycled goods require less energy to produce than products made from scratch.
  6. Plant trees and other plant life whenever possible. Plants take carbon dioxide out of the air and release oxygen.
  7. Eat less or no beef, as beef production is a large source of greenhouse gases (methane,) as well as a large cause of deforestation.
  8. Don't burn garbage. This releases carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.
  9. Whenever possible eat food cold. Heating things up wastes more energy than almost everything else.
  10. Improvise whenever possible; it is better than buying a tool you only use once.
  11. Don't buy more than one bottle of water in places where the water from the tap cannot be drunk. Instead, buy one bottle, and then boil water, let it cool (but not in the refrigerator) and use the original plastic bottle for your portable water supply. If your tap water is drinkable out of the tap, use this water instead of bottled water.

How come, people sometimes fail
to appreciate nature's existence
not until it's gone.
Not until we lose sight of any significant part of our lives.
That we realized, we have only one
shelter to live in.
Let us
S A V E
the
E A R T H.


12 comments:

  1. Herbert

    As what I have read and seen on TV, the earth is really changing rapidly and nature will have its revenge :(

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  2. i supposed to comment 'tagal na to ahh..' lol to me...this is dated 2008 pa pala..hehee..

    yeah! nature is calling for our help to restore it and not just merely destroying it for our own benefits.. ;(

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  3. OMG! This is really scary. We have to do things to save mother earth. :( I'm glad that there are ongoing campaigns about 3Rs.

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  4. I have see video clips of this during Al Gore's speaking engagement two years ago at SMX. Alarming indeed. What's good now is that there's more awareness among people and even the LGUs are doing its share by coming up with ordinances that would help prevent climate change.

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  5. I read like two different articles today about the earthquake predictions, especially for the countries that are within the pacific ring of fire.. and now that I've read this, mas lalo akong natakot. =( The Earth truly calls for everyone's aid in reversing such adverse effects.

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  6. It's truly bothersome to hear about the changing seasons...because it is man-initiated. :( Anyway, I don't want to sound preachy but revelation 11:18 says the time will come when God will "destroy those who destroy the earth..." For the meantime let's do our part in not doing damage further. :)

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  7. People need to be aware of what is happening around us. We don't have to do big, in our simple way we can preserve the environment. Sadly, there are quite a few who doesn't give a damn about the effects of what they are doing. What's worse those few who doesn't care are the influential or powerful ones. :(

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  8. The end is really coming. There's nothing we can do to stop this because a lot of people stopped caring na eh. Puro selfish campaigns nalang inaatupag. =(

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  9. This is an awakening call, let's not hurt the one who give us life. We all must protect our Earthh, its the only one we have.

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  10. It's sad that still many people are not aware despite of the information dissemination from different agencies about global warming.

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  11. Grabe. With what is happening to the world, people should be very very afraid. Some still have the guts to cut down trees. :(

    Andami na talagang nangyayari na hindi maganda. :(

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  12. This is sad. A wake up call, I agree. Hope everyone's aware that the Earth is suffering from pain too.

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