Is It Man-made or Mother Nature or Both?
Rowena R. Chaple
Dependency of Man on the Environment
Mr. Bryan Lombard
August 29, 2010
Global Warming - Is It Man-Made or Mother Nature or Both?
Even though some people are skeptics and believe global warming is just a smoke screen or an environmental fad to get the government to fund programs for useless research and these funds could be better spent on other causes. There are other people who really take global warming seriously and work very hard to make the quality of life on earth better and be more sustainable. While these skeptics voice their opinions, those who believe our ...view middle of the document...
The skeptics believe the increase in temperature is just a natural happening, and if there is such a thing as global warming it is nothing major to worry about. The believers also feel humans have to take some responsibility in the global warming process. Humans contribute to growth and advancement of industry, which leads to an increase in air pollution, greenhouse gases and the burning of fossil fuels. The skeptics still feel global warming is a natural event and seems to not worry too much about it.
Associated Press Special Correspondent Charles J. Hanley wrote that the “Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It’s not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way ( Aug 12, 2010, para 1). With the heat wave that hit Moscow this past week, the people who believe in global warming would say this was a sure sign of it. The skeptics would say it was just a natural occurrence. This heat wave blasted Moscow and at one point over seven-hundred people died on a daily basis (Ritter, Aug. 10, 2010). The heat wave triggered forest fires and the drought caused the peat bogs to burn and put off toxic fumes in the air. Again the skeptics would say this was just a natural occurrence. Believer would say global warming had a part in the weather patterns which has changed and caused this heat wave.
The massive record-breaking snow storms this past winter had a lot of the east coast buried under large amounts of snow. Skeptics of global warming just pointed out what they saw was just plain older Mother Nature doing her thing and the believers of global warming would say this was caused by man. Usually these unusual weather happenings tell us there are some climate changes happening already. It was coincidental and ironic while the east coast had an over abundance of snow, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver had to have snow brought in. According to the New York Times, Climate Scientists maintain that no single weather event can be used by either the proponents or critics as justification for their beliefs. But, Jeff Masters, a meteorologist who writes for the Weather Underground, notes that government and academic studies point to the increasing frequency of severe weather (New York Times, Feb.10, 2010).
A lot of effort seems to go into information to deceive the public about the reality of global warming. Our textbook Taking Sides, by Thomas A. Easton tells us about Exxon-Mobil and how they underwrote one of the best and most successful disinformation campaigns ever, it was even greater than the one the tobacco industry wrote that misled the public about the dangers of smoking. With large corporations that go about doing this sort of thing it is no wonder there are skeptics when it comes to our environmental world. Exxon-Mobile wrote a very deceiving article about global...