I think we all can agree last week was rough. No – last week was draining, overwhelming and, overall, just awful. From the death threats to black students at various college campuses, to the terrorists attacks in Paris, to the suicide bombings in Beirut and Lebanon, to the suicide of Demitri Allison on our own campus. All of those events happened last week, each day was another blow to our emotional and mental states. Each day was another tragedy our world had to deal with and I was left asking myself two questions. Continue reading “Where Do We Go From Here?”
It’s obvious we have to do something about our climate to avoid an environmental crisis by the end of the century. Scientists have developed technology to combat global warming as we near closer to the 2-degree-celsius threshold. Environmental scientists explain that if our planet warms 2-degree-celsius, we risk reaching a tipping point where we can no longer intervene and our human impact on the environment becomes irreversible. In the 2014 Emissions Gap Report released by the U.N. Environmental Program, they stated the world must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to neutral carbon dioxide levels between 2055-2070. Staying between the 2-degree-celsius margin is no small task, with global carbon emissions having already raised more than 45 percent since 1990. To stay away from the temperature threshold, the U.N. Environmental Report explains that global carbon pollution will have to begin coming down within the next decade.
Over the past few weeks, a picture of a skinny, famished polar bear has circulated social media platforms and even headlined at major news networks such as CNN. The photographer of the striking image, Kerstin Langenberger, posted the photo in August. She took the photo off the coast of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago located north of the Arctic Circle. As the photo has circulated, it has offered wildlife experts, climate change scientists, researchers, and ordinary people the chance to voice their opinions. Is climate change to blame for this polar bear’s health? Is the polar bear simply sick, or old? Who or what is to blame here? Why should I care about climate change? Continue reading “Famished Polar Bear and the Bigger Picture: Climate Change”