Things are heating up!

Global Warming.

We’re all sick of hearing about it but the issue doesn’t seem to stray far from the Media’s attention.  The impact that humans are having on the state of our global environment has dominated public discussion, news articles and online blogs like this in recent years with relentless repetition.

With a brief understanding of the concept and limited knowledge of what’s being done about the issue, I’ve decided to use my studies to delve into the hot topic of our earth’s gradual destruction…purely out of curiosity.

From what I have read/heard about this topic, the simplest way to describe Global Warming is this: “an increase in the earth’s average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect.”

 Basically, over time our earth is expected to rise in temperature as a direct result of human intervention. The burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, as well as increased motor vehicles, all contribute to the increasing levels of ‘greenhouse gases’, substances ‘blamed’ for the Earth’s rising temperature.

The media bombards the public with warnings and scientific “fact” (that vary completely from source to source) demonstrating that our Earth is, in fact, becoming hotter…which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me 😉

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) states that, in the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year since records began in 1880. Yet, despite information like this from such established sources, many skeptics believe that societies bid to try and reverse climate change through our behavior is simply idiotic.  At the forefront of this argument is Australian author, Ian Pilmer, who states on the blurb of his book ‘Heaven + Earth’, that “The hypothesis that humans can actually change climate is unsupported by evidence from geology, archaeology, history and astronomy”.

….compelling stuff huh?

There may be lots of one sided arguments from both supporters and skeptics alike but it is my initial impression that the media positions the audience to see Global Warming as a very real and imminent threat. Throughout the coming weeks I’ll be investigating the Media’s influence over headlines and discussion involving this issue and how the general public see it at a glance.

– Orcadia

Sources:

2012, ‘Global Warming’, The New York Times, 16th Feb [online]. Available at:

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/globalwarming/index.html[Accessed 14 March 2012]

2011. ‘The 10 Most respected Global Warming Skeptics’, Business Insider, 30th July [online]. Available at:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ten-most-important-climate-change-skeptics-2009-7#ian-plimer-7

[Accessed 14 March 2012]

NASA 2010, James E. Hansen. Online. [Accessed 14 March 2012]

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121/.

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