Many of you may have heard of global warming and how it is shaping our home planet today or you may not have. Global warming is a moderate increase in the Earth’s temperature due to the increased levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons. These gases create a greenhouse effect on our earth. This name comes from a greenhouse, which is a house made out of glass. Inside the greenhouse, there are vegetables and plants. The glass aid the plants in growing by tapping in the heat from the sun at all times even during the winter. This is similar to what happens to the Earth. The Earth’s atmosphere acts as the glass but in moderation. In traps in the heat from the sun but not all of the heat. In the night the Earth cools down and releases some of the heat. Keeping the Earth’s temperature at a sustainable temperature to support life on Earth. The average temperature of the Earth is 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide prevent the Earth’s atmosphere from releasing heat. This is what causes the warmer temperatures that we have been recently experiencing here on Earth.
The increase in greenhouse gases can have many consequences. For instance, it can increase the temperatures on Earth. A recent study by NASA shows that there will be a 1 degree Celsius increase annually in temperature. The graph also shows that there has been a little over 0.5 increase in temperature. The increasing temperatures are going to have a negative outcome. For instance, it could make it much easier for diseases to spread rapidly due to the hot temperatures. It could lead to the spreading of diseases such as malaria, etc. It could also destroy many animals migration patterns. Animals have very specific migration patterns that coincides with the temperature. If it changes it could cause the animals to migrate earlier or later than they need to. Which could lead to death since it is possible that the time they migrate at there might not be the necessary resources they need when migrating.
Data source: NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Credit: (NASA/GISS)
Another consequence of the rising temperatures is rising sea levels. In a study conducted by NASA, it shows that the height of the sea has been rising since 1995 at an alarming, fast rate. This shows that there is a correlation between the sea height and temperature. As the temperature rises so does the sea height. In the next data set by an unknown source, it shows that in the 20th century the sea level has risen greatly. Considering this data I can assume that in the present century (21st century) the levels have risen greater than before. There was a great leap from the past centuries to the 20th century. This is an unnatural occurrence and it is due to climate change. If sea levels continue this incessant rate of rising sea levels it could mean the disappearance of many coastal areas. This could cause the water to engross the areas making it uninhabitable to all life. This could displace many people from their homes and lives.
Data source: Satellite sea level observations.
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The topic of global warming is controversial because even with all this overwhelming evidence of climate change many people still deny its existence. Many people in power including our current President believe that global warming is a ruse. His stance on global warming was shown during his campaign for president when he tweeted about global warming and called it a “hoax” and his withdrawal from the Paris accord. This makes the United States one of the two countries that rejected the Paris Accord. Every country but the United States and Syria have decided to not participate in the Paris Accord. This was first reported by the Huffington Post. The Paris accord was a document where multiple countries would be accountable for taking initiative in reducing greenhouse gases and hindering the increase in temperature. Various countries had agreed to this including the United States when we were under the Obama administration. As soon as the Trump administration took over the president withdrew from it because he felt that it was unfair to the citizens of the United States. That the United States needed to focus on themselves rather than the fate of the rest of the world. In addition, in an article titled, “Trump doesn’t want to talk about climate change, and neither does his administration” by Miranda Green from CNN reported that “In recent months, Trump proposed cutting the Environmental Protection Agency budget by more than 30%. EPA has challenged scientific findings on climate change — including by its own in-house scientists. And EPA cut climate information from its website.” This means that President Trump has proposed the idea of lowering the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by over 30%. This could be a barrier to the agency because it could hinder them from conducting detailed experiments. The EPA has also been known to question data on global warming. Even if it is done by their own employees. The EPA has also taken off some of their information on climate change on the website. Which I can only assume is to please President Trump so that he will not cut their budgeting. This proves that Trump is against global warming because it shows that he is willing to deny his country from true scientific facts because he believes that global warming is not happening.
I believe that people like President Trump that oppose the existence of global warming are ignorant because even when they are given cogent evidence that proves that global warming is real they choose to believe what they want. The scientific evidence does not lie. There is no reason for scientist to create a fake issue. People are only denying global warming because if it does not exist it will benefit themselves and it will promote their own agenda. I believe that global warming is an important issue that more people need to pay attention to. If society continues to avoid global warming it will become unpreventable and the consequences will be dire. It is significant for people to halt the effects of climate change now while it is still reversible. One way that people can help stop global warming is to stay informed. The best way to solve any issue including global warming is to stay informed to make sure that people understand the long-term effects of their actions have on our earth. Another way that people can aid is by trying their best to limit their greenhouse gases emissions in the earth. Lastly, people can help by making sure that you inform your congressmen/woman and government officials that global warming is an important issue to yourself and your community. That way they can work towards terminating global warming.
September 22, 2017 Leave a comment
How would you feel if you were at risk of deportation from the country you have lived in for your adolescence? The 790,000 immigrants registered under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy are facing this issue today. DACA is a policy that was introduced on June 2012 by the Obama administration that would authorize child immigrants to attend school and gets jobs in the United States. The policy permits the immigrants a two-year period where their deportation is postponed so that they can work and learn legally in the United States. Once this two-year period is over the Dreamers (a name for the immigrants registered under DACA) are eligible for a renewal of the policy.
It was reported by Politico that President Trump will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Furthermore, Congress will also impose a 6-month delay on this ruling for them to find a solution to the riddance of this program. During Trump’s campaign for president, he had promised voters he would put an end to the DACA policy. It seems that he is fulfilling his promise.
The response to the president’s decision has been a mixture of positive and negative. People who are for the end of DACA are ecstatic. For instance, Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed News reported that a group consisting of 10 attorney general’s plan to pursue legal action if President Trump does not end DACA. This group of Attorney Generals is lead by Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton. Now that President Trump has decided to put an end to DACA there is no need for the Attorney Generals to sue Trump. Which I am sure they are joyful of.
On the other side of this argument are immigrants and government officials that believe President Trump should not terminate DACA. In downtown L.A. there was a rally which included immigrant and some government officials themselves. They marched in front of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building to show President Trump that they do not agree with his decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In an article titled “Ryan asks Trump to hold off on scrapping DACA” by Tal Kopan and Jim Acosta from CNN, it states, “House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants — and urged President Donald Trump to not tear up the program…Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.” This means that Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, believes that President Trump should not end DACA. Instead, Trump should let Congress improve the already existing DACA policy.
I concur with House Speaker Paul Ryan that the Trump administration should work on enhancing the Obama administration DACA program. The Trump administration should work on bettering the policy because all the immigrants living in the United States under DACA could continue to live their lives and not have to put a pause on life. The immigrants being protected through DACA are productive people that are students and are in the work force. They are using the time provided for them in the United States to further their education and their livelihoods.
In addition, it is unfair to deport them since the United States is probably the place where the Dreamers grew up and is most likely the only home they have ever known. Due to the fact that they are brought to the United States at a young age causing them to not fully remember where they were born. If I was to be deported from the one place I have called home for the majority of my life to a place that I barely remember would be devastating. I would have to completely abandon my current life that I have created just to create a new one.
In an interviews on CBS’s 60 minutes then newly elected President Trump said, “’What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country.” This means that during the beginning of his first term President Trump insinuated that immigrants that had not participated in criminal acts would not be deported. Which means that he would not deport those under DACA because immigrants are not eligible for DACA unless they do not have criminal records. As stated in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. On the website, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states, “You may request DACA if you… Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.” This means that a person can only apply to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if they have not committed any felonies no matter how small.
Based on this information President Trump should not end DACA because he himself previously said that he would only deport those who were criminals which are obviously not the people registered under DACA. By choosing to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals President Trump is contradicting statements that he made on immigration at the beginning of his first term.
Although Trump has not directly said he will end DACA his official statement is expected on Tuesday of this week. The dreamers are hoping that President Trump changes his thoughts on the policy but it seems that he will end DACA. The immigrants here in the United States under DACA are waiting in fear as President Trump’s official statement is nearing. If Trump does end DACA thousands of people will have to pick up theirs lives and leave the United States, a place they have called home for the entirety of their lives. Trump will also be going against his initial plans on immigration if he ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
September 5, 2017 Leave a comment