Are The Polar Ice Caps Really Melting?

global warmingI confess that I’m not an avid follower of news when it comes to climate changes or weather, but recently I was thinking about Global Warming and more specifically the polar ice caps. The query I pondered for a moment or two was whether or not the ice caps were in fact really melting at all and if it was true, what would be the outcome of it? The following is the information that I found in seeking to find an answer to these questions.

Polar ice caps and icebergs should need no introduction, but for those that may not know, a polar ice cap is a high region of the planet covered in ice whereas the iceberg is a large floating chunk of ice that dislodges massive volumes of water that is often as heavy as the iceberg. As for whether or not both of these play a substantial role in the rising of ocean levels, so far it seems there is just enough distinction that can be noticed.

When the earth’s temperature rises in considerable ways, mores icebergs begin to form because of the weakened polar ice caps. Cracks begin to form and the result becomes the breaking off of ice which will then slightly increase ocean levels in much the same way as when you put ice into a glass of water and watch it rise. So because the earth’s rising temperatures affect these polar ice caps and create icebergs, many people have still been asking the question: Could many of the polar ice caps be in peril of thawing out and increasing the world’s sea levels? The answer is that this can most certainly be the case, but nobody can know exactly when it will occur. [Read more...]

Global Warming – Is It Real?

ice capsIn the modern world we are quite certain that the vast majority of people have heard about Global Warming by now. It’s also quite feasible that almost everyone that has heard of it has developed their own opinion about it. Despite many of the various viewpoints about Global Warming, the following information will plainly reveal some of the information that is out there and easily accessible to all. The biggest question about Global Warming still remains however, and that inquiry being, is it actually real?

As a review, this “global warming” is a term now commonly used internationally to represent the continuing rise in the Earth’s standard temperature. Those representing global warming have reported that since 1971 the majority of this warming (at approximately 90%) has all been occurring in the oceans. This terminology is also used to pertain to medium temperature increase of the earth’s ocean and air surface.

Various independent scientific groups have documented instrumental climate records that are continuous with such evidence of the earth heating up. Some examples of this verification consist of sea water levels rising from warm temperatures, a broad distribution of snow and ice melting, increased humidity levels, earlier ends of winter and the likelihood of this all being coincidence and happening strictly by chance is merely zero. Since the late 19th century when devices for taking measurements became commonplace, estimates from 2005 and 2010 show that these two years have been the warmest yet. [Read more...]

The Global Warming Effects On Wildlife

Polar BearWith the more people I meet around the world, the more I’m seeing a growth in the percentage of animal and nature lovers there are out there. Since this is the case, perhaps it would interest some of them to know more about Global Warming and how it does and will have an impact on both animals and wildlife if something isn’t being done to change it effectively and in time.

First we will begin with a few of the animals that have already been disturbed by global warming and what this means for their future. Let’s get started with waterfowl wildlife such as geese, ducks and others across the planet. It’s a fact that these animals have currently been altering their migration habits and even some of their behaviors. Droughts and floods have made these creatures suffer the repercussions of severe weather change and it has also harmed both the birds and the hunting industry that greatly depend on the existence of ducks.

Perhaps an unknown animal for many, the American pika is a small mountain-top dwelling creature from the western region. Global warming has pushed this little bundle of joy out of its regular habitat and into higher altitudes in order to settle and live comfortably. Unfortunately as we know, every mountain must end at the peak and so may the life of the pika if the climate doesn’t change soon enough. [Read more...]

Using Technology To Aid In A Greener Planet

Technology is a double edged sword – with it we have managed to carve out quite a dent in our planet’s health. Auto emissions, power plant pollution, and overall urban sprawl has had a negative effect on our planet’s health. However, things are swinging the other way. We are now starting to use technology to save energy in countless ways, helping to undo some of the damage that we have already done. However, people have often not even heard of some of the more recent advances in green technology. Here are a few of our editor’s favorites:

Home Network Connectivity

One of the coolest thing that has cropped up recently in the home tech industry are thermostats that “learn” your behavior and adapt to your habits. When you start manually turning the heat up and down, it will gradually learn your energy use habits and adjust accordingly. It will even learn that you go to church on Sunday, and stay late for happy hour on Fridays. And best of all, these thermostats are connected to your home network, and you can use a smartphone to manually adjust them if you’re going to be away for an evening or two and you forget to turn the heat or air conditioning off. It’s quite cool (no pun intended) and you can save a lot by just these small things adding up over time.

Lighting system and home alarms are also connected to these networks as well, and you can see if you turned the lights off or even if you locked the doors just by looking at your smartphone. But the best thing is that you can leave your lights off during the day, and hit a button on your smartphone to turn them on in the evening so you never have to come home to a dark house.

If connecting a new thing to your home network seems to make you shy away because your computer system is slow or not performing very well, you can clean it up using a few easy to use software tools.

Electric Cars

Electric cars are becoming a reality these days. Although some of the more luxury brand such as Tesla are too expensive for the average person, it’s very exciting to see that the technology is now arriving. These cars have very low emissions, and hybrid cars are very light on gas usage which makes them a much greener alternative to the gas guzzlers that were popular 10-15 years ago. I personally drive quite a bit, and my next car is going to be a hybrid because I can’t stand filling up my tank anymore.

Along with these new vehicles are more advanced navigation systems. You can see the traffic on your phone map and choose an alternate route, saving on gas and emissions.

Conclusion

It can pay off to stay on top of green technology trends as it can save you a lot of money while at the same time saving the planet from excess energy waste. There are a lot more opportunities than we can provide here in this article, and new ones are being invented on a daily basis. Reading popular publications such as the New York Times, Wired, and Popular Mechanics is a great way to stay on top of the latest in emerging green technologies.

Recent Natural Disasters Around The World – Coincidence? We Think Not.

TornadoUnless you’re living underground or in a home with no windows and you have no connections to the outside world, you should be well aware that natural weather-related disasters have been on the rise in the 21st century. Even if you disqualify the life-taking phenomenon events that have occurred outside of the United States, weather history remains transformed in our modern times. But is all of this merely coincidence or is some other massive factor (such as Global Warming) in play here? Let’s take a closer look into the issue and find some answers.

Studies show that since 1970 the weather has not been nearly as predictable as it may have once been. Natural catastrophes from the weather are escalating at an all-time high rate and on a global scale. There have been more than 200 million people every year around the world that have been affected by various natural disasters since 1990 and those numbers are continuing to climb. Some geophysical disasters have struck and they include dry rockfalls, volcanoes, avalanches, landslides and earthquakes. But the weather-related calamities consist of hydrological incidents such as flooding and storm surges. Meteorological events that occur are the local storms, tropical cyclones, cold/heat waves, wildfires and the droughts. [Read more...]

The Rising Tide – Oceanic Levels On The Rise

1365346612pl5lgAlright it’s time to talk about Global Warming again and right now we’re going to look at the evidence. Despite how many might feel about the validity of all the global warming theories and hype, all we can do is observe what has been happening on our planet. This insight promises to educate a little about how our oceanic tide levels are undoubtedly on the rise.

When we leave the information to the experts we will have to get some results eventually and their 21st century findings are showing us that the sea levels across the planet have unquestionably been rising at such rates as 3.5 millimeters per year. That might not seem too drastic to some except that this has been the case since the 1990s. All we need to do is multiply that by all of the years that ocean levels have been rising and you’ve got an immense difference. This will especially be true if the rise shows no signs of slowing down and the cities next to the ocean – such as Venice, Italy – will really begin to feel the effects. It was not very long ago, in 2008 in fact, when Venice was hit by a historic flood and there were even islands that were completely surrendered to the sea. [Read more...]

Solar Energy And Global Warming – Reducing The Carbon Footprint

Solar PanelingSolar Energy is fast becoming one of the quickest growing natural sources of energy in the entire world.  While it can be slightly costlier than other forms of energy, it is highly efficient and can be something that’s much lower in cost in the long run for people that are stuck on burning fossil fuels.  Overall it’s become a very popular transition for many people, especially those in America as well as other highly developed countries.

Solar energy is an extremely efficient way of reducing greenhouse gasses instead of utilizing traditional forms of energy like gas, or electric energy.  Fossil fuels are one of the most inefficient ways to fuel a home, car or any other type of energy driven device that could alternately run on something else.  America is hooked on Oil, more than any other country in the world.  Oil corporations make extremely high margins of profits in comparison to other businesses and that is one of the reasons why the United States among other civilized countries are extremely reluctant to give up fossil fuels in favor of solar energy.   [Read more...]