2014 Confirmed Hottest Year On Record...

Citation:

Welch, Craig. "2014 Confirmed as Hottest Year On Record, With Spike in Ocean Temperatures." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 16 Jan. 2015. Web. 20 Jan. 2015.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/15...

Summary Paragraph:

This article was a news report on an event. This past year had a 1.24 degree Fahrenheit increase in average land and sea temperatures, making it the hottest year to date since record keeping began in the late 1800s. The increase in ocean temperatures was shocking; high temperatures such as these are typically followed by an El Niño event and, because we did not see one in 2014, there is much apprehension surrounding theses recorded numbers. The article goes on to address the people who continue to believe that global warming isn't real as well as those who do believe in climate change but do not think it's happening because of human activity. Since our reliance on fossil fuels has remained constant over the years, these people are going to find it difficult to continue to deny its existence as well as our role in it. Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist from Texas A&M University commented on this issue by saying, "If you tell someone that if you stick your hand in the socket you're going to get shocked, and then they do it and it happens, they shouldn't be surprised". Most of the hottest reported temperature years happened after 2000, two years past when many people believe climate change "went on a hiatus". However, what most find even more significant than the yearly recorded temperatures is that each decade has risen in temperatures, just as predicted when we began our reliance on fossil fuels.

Ethical issues:

Climate change has been an issue for decades, and has only become worse as we continue our fossil fuel usage, giant carbon footprint, overconsumption, and general ignorance to the damage we have caused. The fact that there is still a large group of people who deny the existence of global warming is our first problem; how can we tackle a major issue if people don't believe it is real? The main problem with climate change is that, although it's our generation and the previous generations who have helped cause the issue, it is the following generations who will be suffering for the repercussions, thus making the principle of sustainability is a direct issue. It is especially hard in our consumerist society to cut back on fossil fuels but if we don't make a change soon global warming will continue to accelerate. We need to recognize all factors and stakeholders involved in this issue and work harder at reaching a decision that will produced the most benefits.

Position:

My position on this issue is that we cut back on our fossil fuel usage because, if we don't, this world will no longer be sustainable. This includes cutting back on our carbon footprint as individuals and a greater nation. We need to do our part to cut back on our CO2 emissions. However, this is a lot easier said than done; do you believe that America will be able to cut back on our fossil fuels and work towards sustainability, or do you believe our society is too consumerism-driven to make a significant difference?