Climate Change in the News Articles

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120 responses to “Climate Change in the News Articles

  1. Title:
    El Niño could happen more often with climate change
    USA Today
    Publication Date:
    2:14 p.m. EST January 19, 2014
    Scroll past the animation to find the article

    Focus Questions:
    1) How is El Nino related to climate change?
    2) What is El Nino?
    3) How well can we predict El Nino events?
    4) How do El Nino events impact us?

  2. Carolyn G 5th Block

    Title: Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the US
    Source: Science Daily or University of Washington
    Publication Date: April 9, 2015

    Focus Questions:
    1. How is The Blob related to climate change?
    2. What is The Blob?
    3. How are different states and marine life being affected?
    4. How is The Blob related to El Nino?

    • What caused “the blob”?

    • Would this affect the fish population to decrease or increase? Based on the fact they have to adapt to different waters.

    • So basically there is this weird patch of warmer water by the west coast that has been affecting weather patterns and marine life recently in the past years. I wonder if by any chance this is caused or connected with plate tectonics? If you look at a picture of them ( ) you can see that the very edge of the Pacific Plate is where that blob or warmer water is. This may sound weird but since the earth has many cores, each warmer than the other, and plate tectonics is like a plate on a hot stove, I wonder if there was a shift and cause a crack and let heat from the mantle since the crust is a thinner layer? Doesn’t seem logical but it’s just a thought.

    • Based on data, have there been other blobs in the past? If so, were they as big of a problem as that one that they recently found?

    • Hows is the “blob” significant to this time and age and what are your predicted impacts that the blob can further cause if not managed?

    • The picture that is presented on this article, I see that there is a large blob and I was just wondering if there are more blobs out there.

    • Do you think we will see more “blobs” in the future? If so, how will that affect the Artic? Why do you think this “blob” was formed. I really like how you presented your data & how you allowed time for us to process it before moving on to the next slide.

  3. Title:
    Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change?
    Scientific American
    April 13, 2015
    Focus Questions
    1.) What comes to mind when you think about Earth increasing by 6° Fahrenheit over time?
    2.) Climate change is something that’s part of life, do you think we can adapt to it?
    3.) What do you think will happen if we leave this dilemma unsolved?
    4.) Do you think us humans will take responsibility any time soon?

    • This seems like a very interesting article, Alma. Does it include some type of data that we can work to analyze or interpret during your presentation? If not, make sure that a supplemental source includes data that connects to the topic.

    • Would this affect agricultural drastically?

    • I can’t imagine the Earth increasing by 6 degrees. Since we saw that movie in class about how if the temperature increased by 4 degrees and that was already scary to watch than I can’t imagine how much 6 degrees will do. I think if we leave this unsolved we will pay the consequences. There is a lot of evidence showing that the Earth is changing, climate change is happening. The real question is, what will it take to make people realize this is an actual issue?

    • Carolyn G 8th Block

      Has there ever been another time where we were close to “passing the point of no return”?

    • This article mentions that we need to really stop and cut back on the emissions that we are letting out. When I read this from the article It had got me wondering about in what ways can we actually cut back effectively without stirring up so much controversy and problems to reduce the even higher problems of the future if this is still going on. And lets say we do start trying to cut back and reverse things then how long will that really last?

    • Let’s say we do get to the point of where earth is 6 degrees higher, there isn’t anyway of working on whether earth will survive? Will people or animals be able to adapt to the new temperature?

    • When I picture the earth 6 degrees warmer, I picture a lot of disaster. I think of flooding everywhere, high Co2 levels, ice caps disappearing, forest fires, etc. if this conflict continues, we might see the end soon. In some cases, we might be able to adapt to certain conditions, but we must keep in mind that one degree can affect us drastically.

  4. Is there any evidence that proves that we have reached the passing point of no return on climate change?

  5. a website with some data that I will be using in my presentation

  6. Title:
    Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster Than Thought

    Climate Central

    Publication Date:
    January 15 ,2015


    Focus Questions:
    1. Why do you believe the contributions to sea level rise from glacial melt didn’t match ?

    2.How could you connect Climate Change to the fact the Sea Level Rise has accelerated more in the 20th century ?

    3.Do you believe that this acceleration in Sea Level Rise will continue on in the future ? Why ? Why not?

    4.What are some things that contribute to Sea Level Rise other than glacial melt?

    5. What are somethings that are affected by sea levels rising ?

    • I guess this is why we should always double check things. Even when we do experiments in class we get different results at times. Like that one time when two groups experimented the temperature of sand and water and seeing which absorbed more heat both groups got different results. I wonder, does the update in technology has any affect on the results? How frequently is technology updated for scientific research? Are things analyzed the same way?

      • I wonder What made scientists believe there results from the past were accurate or close to accurate ?

    • Carolyn G 8th Block

      What location(s) would be affected the most by the sea level rise? Is there any possibility of places ending up completely underwater?

    • Do you think sea level would decrease any time soon?

    • How will sea level rise impact those who live along lakes? Is there more data as to how much the ocean rises per year ?

  7. Jasmin Orcasitas

    Title: New Theory may help explain global warming pause

    Source: CBS News

    Publication Date: August 22, 2014


    Focus Questions:
    1. What is global warming pause?

    2. When did global warming pause begin?

    3. What is causing global warming pause?

    4. What is another factor of global warming pause?

    5. Is global warming pause a negative impact or a positive impact on earth’s climate change?

    • Jasmin Orcasitas

      Here is another link that goes with my presentation

    • Carolyn G 8th Block

      Why is the Pacific Ocean being blamed for the global warming pause rather than the Atlantic Ocean?

    • This is interesting cause it sort of relates with Carolyn’s article about the blob of heat since in her article it claims that there is extra heat by the Pacific and in this article scientist they also think this mystery heat is stored there but it seems to be in the Atlantic. I wonder if that has to do with the albedo and maybe with volcanic eruptions? What other additional could explain this? (carbon dioxide levels, ocean currents, and etc)?

    • I thought that it was interesting that it refered the global climate hiatus to a global storage closet. Alonh with Paola, this reminded me of The Blob. Some scientists say that the pacific ocean is clearly related to the hiatus, are they refering to the Blob? I think that if they continue to observe the oceans absorption of heat, it will contine to rise like the pacific.

      • I might think that the anomoly is related to the blob and the overall flow of ocean currents carrying mixed water temperatures. However, after today’s presentation, I can say that perhaps algae bloom has an effect due to the trapped, cooler water under the algae and the warm water above it. Somehow cooler water that was trapped underneath the ocean, in deeper depths cycled into the surface of the ocean- as a result of alegaecide activity.

    • How will a severe global warming dilemma affect glaciers? How will we know when we reach the point of no return?

  8. Title:What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?
    Published: May 13th, 2014
    Link: Climate Central
    Focus Questions:
    1. Would other states be more populated?
    2. Would there be an Increase carbon dioxide?
    3. Would this affect the animals?

    • In my opinion I think since they say these cities may be under water, eventually people living there will move somewhere else, and will cause other cities to be over populated, which will cause political and economic problems.

      • I agree, this would cause a lot of conflict. Even with food source since California has a lot of farming and if that goes under water we lose a good amount of food source. I also wonder is this would affect the lakes and rivers, like Lake Michigan, in some way or not at all. This reminds of the movie Water World.

    • What state would be least affected by the rise of sea levels

    • Do you think there is actually a way to reverse such a conflict? About how long will it take ? What will happen to human resources?

  9. Carolyn G 8th Block

    I wonder how other countries would be affected by the sea level rise? Would they have a better or worse chance of surviving and adapting to the situation?

  10. Title: Arctic Moisture On The Move

    source: NASA

    Publication date: April 7, 2015


    Focus Questions:
    1.) How does humidity accumulate in ice-free regions of the arctic?

    2.) How does the moisture flux work and how does this affect surrounding sea ice?

    3.) How can we relate this phenomenon to “El Nino”?

    4.) Is this an example of a human or naturally induced cause?

    • If you click on the blue highlighted phrase in the fist paragraph “annual growth and retreat” it gives you more data.

      • Great suggestion, Jasmin! Everyone should check out this. It gives a great visual for what is happening.

    • Carolyn G 8th Block

      Your article kind of reminds me of mine about how the ocean/weather patterns are moving warmer surface water except your article talks about the movement of sea ice due moisture in the air.

    • Every time I hear El Nino I think of volcanic eruption. So I wonder if it connects with the moisture in the air besides the energy budget?

    • Do moisture affect how much the earth absorb the sun rays

    • By what year will our ice completely melt?

  11. Title: Discovering a Legal Tool to Curb Climate Change
    Source: On the Commons

    Focus Questions:
    1. To what extent has human activity contributed to Global Climate Change?
    2. How does the lack of environment protection (environmental laws) contribute to Global Climate Change?
    3. How does the solution proposed provide a more stable and safe Earth for future generations?
    4. What ways are politics detrimental to Global Climate Change?

    • Reading this article, i came to the realization that any situation dealing with GCC and environmental risks should not be held accountable by politicians and law makers. Politicians tend to worry about problems in the idea of money and self interest. Politicians look at how costly conserving and protecting the environment can be and thus do not regulate corporations themselves. Corporations- many – hire their own investigators to inspect their pollution output and hazardous dispensaries. Hence, there can never be actual moderation unless scientists themselves are granted authority.

    • Is there any disagreement about this article? What did you find most interesting?

  12. Carolyn G 8th Block

    Is there any data that you can provide related to your article?

  13. Is there illegal way that we can use

  14. This reminded me of when Senates voted that Climate Change is real but not that human activity has anything to or much contribute to it. Here is one link:

  15. Title: Ice-Free Arctic in Pliocene, Last Time CO2 Levels above 400 PPM
    Source: Scientific American
    Date: May 10 2013
    Focus Questions:
    1. Is history repeating itself? OR Is the Arctic catching up?
    2. How close are we now from back then?
    3. What does this mean for our future?
    4. Is it too late to prevent the worst? What can we do?

  16. Title: Climate Change and Mental Health
    Source: union of concerned scientists
    Focus Questions:
    1. why do you believe it is that this impact of climate change is often overlooked?
    2.Why do you think it is that a case gets ignored unless if it is severe?
    3.what ways other than evacuation could there be to help reduce risk of mental health impacts from severe weather climate change.

    • Would losing you home and surten stuff in a tragic clinate hazard be self explanatory to lead to depression? Since they lost everything in some cases.

    • Do only certain people experience these mental health symptoms? Do you have any data that shows how much of the population actually goes through this when climate changes?

    • This is crazy. I honestly hadn’t considered the mental damage that’s caused by server storms and how being ready for anything can mean the difference. This really shows how we should get things ready for any situation can ease stress for us and less panic when it does happened.

    • What are some ways that we can prepare ourselves in case something like this happens?

    • So I read in the article that 25 and 50% of all people exposed to an extreme weather disaster may have some adverse mental health effects. And that age, coping capacity, and devastation has a lot to do with how much a person is affected by it. So i wanted to ask is there evidence that shows that this is true??? That these storms that are caused by climate change could connect with the mental health effects and their age ?

    • Are áreas more prone to drastic climate change have more people affected by depression & health issues?

  17. Title: Blooming algae could lead to 20% more warming in the Arctic
    By: Michael D. Lemonick 
    Published: April 28, 2015
    Source: Quartz
    1. What is causing this algae to form?
    2. What other effects might the algae have on food chains/life in the ocean?
    3. How can we prevent/reverse this?
    4. Why is it that specific algae/bacteria is good for climate & other types are bad?
    5. How are scientists so sure the algae is the cause of temperature warming?

    • Can we reverse this? Would there be a point when it’s too late to do anything about it?

      • This connects to my article sort of. From my research I dont think we can stop it now but in the future since co2 emissions right now from a century ago is still being processed.

    • So I read in the article that the , “Average temperatures in the region are already 2.7 °F higher than the 1971-2000 average—twice as much as the warming seen in other parts of the world.” So would this be a reason why the algae started to form there because its getting warmer. Or is it getting warmer because the algae was forming in this region.

    • Algae, like we saw with the ash in volcanoes, can be either beneficial or detrimental to the environment. For a while, researches have thought that algae, because of its ability to absorb CO2, is a counterattack to GCC- encouraging the growth of algae. However, when algae becomes clustered and dense, it does not permit sunlight to to penetrate deeper into the ocean- creating warmer temperatures in upper parts of the water and insulating the deeper ones. Perhaps the problem is not limiting algae but dispersing it.

  18. Will the algae lead to drastic ice melting in the Artic?

  19. How does blooming algae increase ocean temperatures?

  20. Lamar is Batman

    So the more algae the blooms the more co2 is released into the atmosphere and the more arctic sea Ice will melt

  21. While reading this article, I found that their original hypothesis for the algae forming was supposed to be positive feedback. The reason they thought it would be positive is because it intakes carbon dioxide so it would reduce carbon dioxide concentration levels. Then scientists began to hypothesize that their wouldn’t be enough sunlight transfered to majority of the marine life since the algae would be to thick. How might this cause warmer temperatures? Is it because the algae wouldn’t be able to absorb anymore sunlight? Also, if the temperatures are rising, the article said it would chase melting permafrost. This reminded me of v when we learned about the effects of permafrost melting during class.

  22. Marianna Aspuria

    Title: Scientists take aim at Four Corners methane mystery
    Source: NASA’s Earth Science News Team
    Publication Date: April 14, 2015
    Link :

    Focus Questions:

    1. How was the methane “hot spot” discovered?
    2. What do you think is causing this hot spot at Four Corners?
    3. If this methane “hot spot” continues to spread, how might this affect environmental habitats and human life?
    4. How are researchers trying to figure out the cause of the methane hot spot?
    5. How might this affect President Obama’s Climate Action Plan?

    Additional Links I used:

    • I wonder what other factors could be the caused of this “hot spot”? And if there’s any difference in the climates of each state from each other. I would have thought a city would have a higher level of methane.

    • Would the 4 corners be affected drastically have increase of temprature?By how much in the future

    • Can Methane be dangerous if levels increase more than what they are now ? And if so how?

    • this was perfect, just like you ❤

    • How will animals in the area be affected over time? Why are carbón dioxide levels so high here? Would it be dangerous to live around here?

  23. Title: Paris 2015: Two degrees warming a ‘prescription for disaster’ says top climate scientist James Hansen

    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Environment

    Publication Date: May 4, 2015


    • What other negative outcomes do you believe will result from this 2 degree increase? Are there other places being affected as well? is this issue reversible? You should talk more about possible solutions & elaborate on the prices they wanted to raise. I was kind or confused on that part.

      • This reminded me of the video we watch during class about how the earth would be if it increased by 6 degrees. I remember globally the earth underwentnlots of disasters just with a two degree temperature increase.

    • Does the president/ Goverment have a plan for people “If we are living in a climate Emergency” ? How long until this Climate emergency topals over and we are in danger?

    • I think that it would be hard to maintain it at 2 degrees. I wonder how if there is any evidence from El Niño that would relate to this or support it?

    • I was reading in the article about how they will have to cut out fueled energy completely and they won’t be able to use non-hydro energy because it doesn’t create energy as fast as nuclear energy so the question I had what the fuck would be some effects on using nuclear energy ?

  24. What big outcome will happen if the 2 degree increase would it affect the land of different states?

  25. Title:
    What Record-Breaking Drought Means for California’s Futu

    U.S. Drought Monitor

    Publication date:
    08 April 2015 Time: 10:25 AM ET


    Focus questions:
    What is a drought?
    – What does this drought crisis mean for California?
    – Will California’s condition worsen in the incoming decades?
    – Can we really predict when droughts will occur?

  26. Title:
    Twelve years of satellite data help decode climate change
    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Publication Date:
    April 14, 2015

    Focus Questions:
    1). What is the most abundant greenhouse gas? What does it act on?
    2). How is water vapor a feedback to the climate?
    3). Is El Nino a big impact on the future climate change?
    4). Was 12 years of data really necessary to help decode climate change?

    • I like the video they included. I wonder how the water vapor affects weather patterns? And 12 years feels too short, but they make a good point that it would help have a better understanding of a longer time period.

    • If temperature increase more would it still cause a big increase in water vapor?

    • Do you think they will enforce the number of miles one drives to reduce carbon levels? What other measures do you think will be enforced? Did you find any data to backup your source?

    • in the article it mentions 12 years of data that the AIRS satellite has collected, what does that look like and what are your thoughts on it? What does this tell you about el nino?

    • I like the way you mentioned El Niño in your presentation I like how it all ties in together withe the cloud cover.

    • It was good, the video needed information

  27. Title
    Human Appropriation of the World’s Fresh Water Supply
    Publication date

    Focus questions
    1) how much fresh water is left ?
    2) how much is useable ?
    3) where is most fresh water located ?
    4) why can’t we access this fresh water ?

    • 2006 huh. Did you find any recent information? There is less fresh water as to salt water. Since I don’t know much about the uses of salt water, but I wonder if we can use salt water in some way. Will we ever run out of fresh water?

    • Will their ever be a way where wed be able to use the water that is in the glaciers? Does the location of the state impact the amount of water withdrawal?

    • ” only 1% of the worlds fresh water is accessible for direct human uses.” This quote struck me the most because only 2.5% of the worlds water is fresh water and we could only use 1% of it.

  28. What states would contain the most fresh water in the future?

  29. How will lack of water affect further populations? Do you think they’ll create a way to reuse water? Why do you think certain countries require a higher demand of water? Is there a way to reverse this dilemma?

  30. Marianna Aspuria

    While Lamar presented, I found that living things which includes animals, plants, and humans consist of only 0.26% of water globally. This was very surprising to me since the population is always increasing. It’s also astonishing how only 2.5% is fresh water. Towards the end, one of my questions was why is it that Asian countries will have severe water problems by the year 2025? African in one of the graphs had lower rates than Asia.

  31. Do you think there is a possibility to ever run out of fresh water? If so, when will that happen and what would be the cause of it? Will we be able to find other ways to get fresh water?

  32. NOTE: There are 2 websites/links they go together
    Title:#1. How does Climate change affect Biodiversity

    #2.Climate Change and Biodiversity loss

    Source; Opposingviews & Harvard T.H. Chan

    Publication date: #1. unknown/ but copyright 2008-2015
    #2. unkown/ copyright 2012-2015

    #1. and #2.

    • I agree that many species would die out but it makes me think how much more the earth or climate would be affected since it states that losing diverse insects will decrease plant pollution. It’s like a domino affect.

  33. Focus Questions
    1. Do you think humans and animals can adapt to new climate change ?
    2. Is new climate change something good or something bad ?
    3.They predict that climate change will be very severe (extinction) by 2050, but what if it gets worse before this date 2050 ?
    4. Does the Government have plans for the communities who will be experiencing severe weathers due to climate change ?
    5. How will they feed the world if the food chain will also be affected by these climate changes?

  34. If their is limited clean fresh water how and what will have to take place in order to provide the people clean water that they can use?

  35. Do you believe other species will go extinct before 2050? Do you think some humans will be able to adapt to such changing conditions?

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