What is the difference between Global Warming and Climate Change? (Yoonsik)
Global warming is a state where the planet’s average temperature rise, usually caused by human causes. Global warming has recently become a controversial issue, as processes such as the burning of toxic chemicals and fossil fuels are causing drastic changes to our planet.
Climate Change usually occurs due to natural causes, such as an ice age. It can cause weather and temperature changes, similarly to global warming. Climate Change has affected the planet for millions of years, where as global warming has only started to have a real effect over the past few decades.
How has the Earth changed over time in your assigned continent? (Hailey)
Some climate change results from the warming of surface waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The polar ice caps are melting and shrinking. Images from NASA satellite show that an area of permanent ice cover is disappearing at a rate of 9% every 10 years. Already, some ice caps have collapsed and ice glaciers/slopes are melting. Some marine snails play an important part of the carbon cycle in water. Dissolved carbon dioxide is leading to the loss of marine snails. This shows how Earth is changing significantly. Fun Fact - Polar bears may go extinct on 2050!
How has the weather changed history in your continent? (Yoonsik)
In 1906, an earthquake with the movement magnitude of 7.9 shook the streets of San Francisco, with 3000 dead and 25000 homeless. The city was covered by the debris of the 28000 collapsed buildings. After the initial shock, fires raged across towns for 3 days, along with some smaller earthquakes. This change was so strong that it was even felt to the northern state of Oregon.
What are the current arguments surrounding these two ideas? (Ken)
-Climate change is a bigger threat to the environment. -97% of climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming. -Some people think that global warming is a natural process that’s caused by the sun.
How are climate change and wild weather interrelated? (Ken)
-Wild weather occurs because of climate change, and climate change occurs because global warming causes climate patterns to change. -Climate change leads to droughts or blizzards. Droughts and blizzards are part of wild weather. -They’re both related to weather.
What can we do here at KIS? (Hailey)
How Will You Make A Change?