Climate Scientists: Humans Have Only 12 Years to Limit Devastating Climate Changes

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In a 700-page report detailing the latest research on climate change, a UN panel of scientists strongly warns that unless we make “massive and unprecedented changes to global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate levels” to limit the world’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, there will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues related to climate change. If you are 60 or under, these changes will occur in your lifetime. From the NY Times:

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34 Responses to Climate Scientists: Humans Have Only 12 Years to Limit Devastating Climate Changes

  1. Mackenzie Greenfield October 12, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    This is very frightening. It looks like we will all experience and have to deal with the changes that are coming. Some have been slow in accepting this or have not accepted it at all which has made changing things too slow. Signs, such as arctic sea ice diminishing, global sea levels rising, and glaciers melting, are certainly there; I don’t know why some cannot see it. Some people may look at this and not think much of a rise in global temperature of 1.5 ° but obviously the effects will be drastic. I think we are experiencing some of that now. Hurricane Michael is an example of the warming of the waters and one of the effects it can have. That storm strengthened to a near Category 5 hurricane in maybe less than 24 hours leaving little time to get ready for it. The devastation is unbelievable.
    Hopefully our policymakers take notice. It is discouraging that we need to to lower our CO2 emissions but yet as of 2018 they are still increasing. It is encouraging that even if our policymakers are not willing to take action, some companies such as Google are stepping up to the plate and trying to get things to happen. Immediate changes are needed.

  2. Sophia Bjerregaard October 12, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Global warming is a terrifying topic to discuss, because of peoples lack of belief in it. It is very mind boggling to me that in this day and age we have a president that calls global warming a lie. There is countless evidence to support the fact that global warming is very much real, but people would rather listen to a man who has no scientific background. If we as a society don’t realize the impact we have on this world and change it, then we are indirectly endangering the future. Everything we do in life is to better our life in the future. For example, people attend college to get a degree with which they can get a well paying job to provide for themselves in the future. What is the point in preparing for the future if the world we live in is slowly dying. As people on this Earth we have a duty to protect it, otherwise civilization could come to an end.

  3. Tyler s October 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    In a recent UN panel, researchers warned humanity that if changes to energy usage and other factors aren’t made soon, then there are catastrophic events to soon follow. Such events include food shortages, coastal flooding and wildfires along with other climate issues. When it comes to the environment and the effect on climate change, it seems like it is an issue that often gets brushed off. Companies that burn harmful fumes and don’t use clean energy are for more focused on profit than the betterment of society. Eventually the harmful things that we as humans do to the environment are going to catch up to us, and it appears that judgement day is coming quicker than anyone could’ve thought. Research has shown that if we cannot limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, yes a mere 1.5 degrees, then widespread disaster can occur. Not to mention that this is an issue and a real concern for this generation. If we don’t change our ways we are looking at potential impacts worsening around 2040. The UN report says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” This is very worrisome as a global community. It appears that massive change needs to occur immediately. There are many things that need to be done to reverse this fate. Emissions need to be cut by 1 billion tons per year, only problem being that they are still rising. By 2050, burning coal needs to be totally phased out, only problem being that it is being reintroduced more in the United States. This problem is real. The only way to eradicate it is to make a complete change in everyday operations of business and I do not know if big business will be able to give up profits for the betterment of the global society.

  4. Cassie Sibilski October 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Global warming and climate change are extremely real and current issues that have been building for some time now. Humans have used and burned an excessive amounts of fossil fuels over the years and that seems to finally be coming back to haunt us. I fear it is too late to do anything about it, especially because some people refuse to recognize that this really is an issue that needs attention right now. Some people in this world still try to deny that these things are happening and some want to ignore the problem because they feel as though it will not have an effect on them, or will not have an effect during their lifetime. These people are horribly wrong, and need to start reading up on this because we will definitely be affected by this unless the world makes some huge changes and fast. Based on reading this article, it seems that for the most part there really is no going back at this point and that we will have to live with what we’ve done by excessively using fossil fuels. This article says, “there will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues related to climate change. If you are 60 or under, these changes will occur in your lifetime.” That is a scary thought and definitely should not be happening yet, although it probably will all because of excessive human activity on earth. The fact that drastic changes such as these will most likely be happening in my lifetime, and most of the lifetimes of people alive today, is crazy to think about and very scary. These events, if they all happen can cause they extreme destruction that I don’t think we would be prepared for because people continue to deny that these things can happen in the first place. If people continue to live in denial, it will truly be too late to try to change anything. If we make big changes about our global footfoot, there may be a chance that we can slow these impending changes maybe. Or at least lessen their severity for when they do arrive.

  5. Michael Zera October 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    This article is extremely alarming as people under the age of 60 will experience severe climate changes unless something is done within the next 12 years. A report from the UN’s scientific panel describes a “world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040.” Most people hear climate change daily, but nobody seems to acknowledge these issues until they began to hear of something drastic such as “food shortages” will cause many to think and wonder of the harmful scenarios that will soon occur. The word that should scare people is “will.” Because the article is not stating that this climate change might occur, it is saying this will happen if nothing is done, meaning this is unavoidable. People today ignore climate change questions as many shoves the debate to the side and typically say, “Do not worry that is going to happen past our time.” But, as shown in this recent UN report, climate change is happening now, and if nothing is done, the world could become harmfully effected sooner than everybody believes. As stated in the article, the author gives an alarming statement as the reduction of emissions in the next decade would have to “be more than 1 billion tons per year.” To put this in perspective, some of the largest countries in the world do not have up to a million emissions per year. And by 2050 the emission of coal is going to have to be removed. People on the Earth should have a big role in helping the climate as we are the only ones that can help these grave issues. A few people are not going to help as everyone must help and limit emission use or these issues will continue to linger for decades. I wonder what method can be done to allow all people to follow these climate change problems. Because there are advertisements, and other ads on television explaining these issues, but nobody seems to follow. A new method is going to have to be in place, either a governmental law, or a presidential order in limiting or cancelling these emissions to help society overall. However, the difficulty is going to be completely cancelling these emissions as this will result in a change in the way certain companies are being run, which might upset many individuals.

  6. Michelle Vekshteyn October 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    Climate change has been an issue for years. I remember when global warming first became an issue when I was in elementary school. For years I heard about it, and watched documentaries about it with my dad. This scared me as a little girl. When I was in middle school, the whole world was freaking out because of 2012. On December 21st, 2012 the world was predicted to end due to global warming. There have been so many made up dates about the world ending due to climate change, that it is almost humorous to see another article about a time span that humans have until something bad happens. I understand the impact of our carbon footprint on the earth, but seeing articles like this makes me wonder if they are true since there is so much fake news in our society. According to this article, we have 12 years before something bad happens in our planet. If we do not do something about the issue of global warming then, “there will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues related to climate change”. Obviously this is very concerning, I just do not know if I believe the numbers. I feel as if our world is doing more to reduce pollution and global warming constantly, by being more “green”. The usage of solar panels for energy, the making of electric cars such as Tesla, using corn to make gas. All are examples of the ways that we are already making changes. I feel as if these articles are simply just stating the fact that global warming will ruin our planet, but they do not state what we can do to fix it nor state what we are already doing that is better than what we used to do. In this article, they mention that in the New York Times, it was stated that, “The report, issued on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.” I just believe that if scientists really predict this in the near future, then they should give more instruction on how to prevent this instead of trying to scare everyone with predictions.

  7. Paul Lee October 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    Climate Change has always been a topic since the 2000 as the world continuously produce carbon dioxide that is trapped in our earth’s atmosphere. The worse aspect is that the carbon dioxide emission has been increasing each year. I know that many citizens around the world refuse to accept the fact of climate change and say it is all a hoax. To those who are in disbelief still, please read this article UN Scientist that strongly suggest that if we do not make “massive and unprecedent changes to global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate level”, there could possibly be a widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, and wildfire. What I thought was even scarier to think about that these scientists have pointed out is that if you are 60 or under, the climate change will occur in your lifetime. And when it does, there is nothing to stop it and it will be ginormous disaster on earth. What made me surprised and very disappointed is that Climate Analytics were not aware of this a few years ago. That is such a lie or they are just disregarding climate change. Climate Change has been happening even before a few years ago so the reports should have shown the nonprofit that humanity needs to make a change for the better or else it will be the doom of us all.
    Also UN scientist claim if climate change stays the same, in 2040 there will be food shortages and wildfires which is a very scary thought. I am only 20, if nothing is done to decrease our carbon dioxide emission and help the climate change. I will witness all of this disaster in my life, I want to avoid all of this. Slowly, I have been trying to be eco-friendly such as walking to my destination or car-pooling too. I am trying to do my part to lessen the carbon dioxide emission in our atmosphere.
    As citizens of earth, we need to make changes now. We need to become eco-friendly and help decrease climate change. We do not have enough time because our carbon dioxide emission is continuously rising every year. By 2030 is our timeframe to be able to make our atmosphere temperature 1.5 celcius but that will be very difficult. Again, I am only 20 and I want to accomplish many goals in my lifetime but this climate change could be a huge factor that could be stopping it.

  8. Monique Edward October 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Everyone in the world creates waste, and some people produce more waste than others; however, the waste does not disappear. When individuals drive a car, eat meat every day, and use a variety of resources, no one can see the damage right away or exactly where the damage will go, so no one worries about it. There is a misconception that the world can take as much waste as we throw at it. Since the world cannot just take all pollution and waste, we all must share the burden of limiting global warming. While wealthier countries are benefitting from more use of resources, poor countries are in need of urgent assistance.

    A concerned American should be aware of how much resources that he or she is consuming and how everyday actions affect climate change. After watching the Last Generation Interactive, I hope everyone realizes climate is from much more than littering, but it is due to humans producing excess waste and the use of excess gasoline because it speeds up global warming. For example, the use of chemicals, fossil fuel, extra gasoline, and over-consumption of meat greatly affect our planet, and the developing countries, like the Marshall Islands, feels the impact the most. Since this issue is a global issue, everyone should have to adapt to climate change at the same time, not only the countries that are being affected now. This is alarming because flooding, once rare, are a common occurrence for these people. The Marshall Island is figuring out ways to live with continuous flooding due to the ice melting. From high sea levels, the Marshall Islands will be uninhabitable within their lifetime (Mizner).

    As a concerned American, he or she can make a small impact on the health of our planet. A few habits may include recycling, consuming less meat and dairy, using public transportation or walking, and using fewer materials, such as aluminum, copper, and coal. Americans should have compassion for those who are in a position of moving away from their homeland, like the young girl from Bikini Island. Americans must have to adapt to climate change even though we will be the last set of people to really feel the impact like the Marshall Islands. Any concerned American can also petition to keep fossil fuel from being used. It is evident that America does not have to use the amount of coal, gas, and oil. America has 300 million people, and places like India that does not consume as many resources has a larger population of one billion people. In Scientific American, the average American uses as many resources as 35 Indians and consume 53 times more goods and services than one Chinese person. Therefore, the ones who are willing to help must make significant sacrifices that will change their luxurious living (Scientific American).

    Mizner, Michelle. “The Last Generation.” Frontline PBS, 6 April 2018, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-last-generation/

    “Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment,” Scientific American, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/american-consumption-habits/

  9. Dimitri Drosos October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    I know that the environment is not in the greatest state currently, but this research takes it to a whole new level. When I read that if unless we hold the world to a certain degree mark, it said there would be some devastating consequences like wildfires and widespread coastal flooding. Natural disasters like these happen in various regions of the world, but it is terrifying that this could be happening on a frequent level, possibly all over the world. The wildfires that occur within California are very brutal to say the least, especially those over the last year. If climate warming continues this trend, I believe we should expect these effects.
    When I think of global warming, my first thought is current sea levels. There are videos of large chunks of ice breaking off from glaciers. In fact, there is one glacier projected to break very soon. According to livescience.com, the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica looks as if it is going to leave its current home to drift away. The glacier is 115 square miles. Not only that, but it calves icebergs more frequently each year, and it loses billions of tons of ice every year. From what I gathered, this monster-sized glacier is slowly but surely starting to die. Rising sea levels are a plausible threat.
    The article mentions the emissions of carbon dioxide, which total over 40 billion tons annually. I read before that Google is working on trying to map carbon emissions through various cities across the world. If scientists say that we only have 12 years to limit climate change, mapping out these levels becomes even more crucial in trying to work on this problem. Still, it is not just carbon dioxide. There are other factors that play into the change in the world’s global temperature. It has to be taken more seriously.

  10. Monique Edward October 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    Everyone in the world creates waste, and some people produce more waste than others; however, the waste does not disappear. When individuals drive a car, eat meat every day, and use a variety of resources, no one can see the damage right away or exactly where the damage will go, so no one worries about it. There is a misconception that the world can take as much waste as we throw at it. Since the world cannot just take all pollution and waste, we all must share the burden of limiting global warming. While wealthier countries are benefitting from more use of resources, poor countries are in need of urgent assistance.

    A concerned American should be aware of how much resources that he or she is consuming and how everyday actions affect climate change. After watching the Last Generation Interactive, I hope everyone realizes climate is from much more than littering, but it is due to humans producing excess waste and the use of excess gasoline because it speeds up global warming. For example, the use of chemicals, fossil fuel, extra gasoline, and over-consumption of meat greatly affect our planet, and the developing countries, like the Marshall Islands, feels the impact the most. Since this issue is a global issue, everyone should have to adapt to climate change at the same time, not only the countries that are being affected now. This is alarming because flooding, once rare, are a common occurrence for these people. The Marshall Island is figuring out ways to live with continuous flooding due to the ice melting. From high sea levels, the Marshall Islands will be uninhabitable within their lifetime (Mizner).

    As a concerned American, he or she can make a small impact on the health of our planet. A few habits may include recycling, consuming less meat and dairy, using public transportation or walking, and using fewer materials, such as aluminum, copper, and coal. Americans should have compassion for those who are in a position of moving away from their homeland, like the young girl from Bikini Island. Americans must have to adapt to climate change even though we will be the last set of people to really feel the impact like the Marshall Islands. Any concerned American can also petition to keep fossil fuel from being used. It is evident that America does not have to use the amount of coal, gas, and oil. America has 300 million people, and places like India that does not consume as many resources has a larger population of one billion people. In Scientific American, the average American uses as many resources as 35 Indians and consume 53 times more goods and services than one Chinese person. Therefore, the ones who are willing to help must make significant sacrifices that will change their luxurious living (Scientific American).

    Mizner, Michelle. “The Last Generation.” Frontline PBS, 6 April 2018, https: //www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-last-generation/

    “Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment,” Scientific American, https: //www.scientificamerican.com/article/american-consumption-habits/

  11. Nicholas Stefanelli October 12, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    Global warming is a pressing issue in our country. This issue has been brought up by not only the scientists but also public figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio. As of early 2017, the Earth had warmed by roughly 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or more than 1 degree Celsius, since 1880, when records began at a global scale. That figure includes the surface of the ocean. The warming is greater over land and greater still in the Arctic and parts of Antarctica. The risks are much greater over the long run than over the next few decades, but the emissions that create those risks are happening now. This means the current generation of people is dooming future generations to a more difficult future. As this article states an “ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.” This is alarming because we will still be alive during this time. We all like to say that we do not need to worry about it because it does not exist or it is not going to affect me when I am alive.
    I can personally say that global warming is affecting us now as I am typing this. The summer going into my first year of college I got a server bacterial infection. It was later discovered I contracted it because I was an avid surfer. That meant I spent exuberant amounts of time in the water. What I did not know at the time the bacteria lives in the oceans were rising and I was exposing myself to it on the daily for long periods. I became so sick I was I couldn’t move out of bed for two weeks and eventually I was put on the strongest over the counter antibiotic and if that didn’t work they then wanted to hospitalize me.
    After going through this, I make sure I do my part in trying to keep the earth clean and volunteer to clean the beach. We need to act now because once we ignore it to the point that we cannot it will be too late to reveres. We need to come together and work as a whole to help the situation at hand.

  12. Joseph Capouch October 12, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

    Jason Kottke’s article is clearly intended to grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning, with the title “Climate Scientists: Humans Have Only 12 Years to Limit Devastating Climate Changes”. A title like that has a few key components that make it affective. First of all, it sets a topic that is a big talking point in society: climate change. Furthermore, it gives a time frame (twelve years), something often not specified in articles like this, especially right in the title. This aspect of the article worked to grab my attention, as it surely does for many others. Lastly, by beginning the title with “Climate Scientists:” he establishes that this is their claim, not his, which gives a lot of validity to it, something I really valued, and something that ensured me the article would be an interesting read that should also be taken seriously.
    Moving into the article itself, I was surprised at how short it was. This leads me to believe that its central purpose was to spread the word of others, as the author cited multiple sources. The first of these is the primary source for the article, the United Nations study conducted by climate scientists. When using this source the author gives some significant points, such as the potential effect on the Earth of global warming, including wildfires, floods, and food shortages, and also that these effects will occur within the lifetime of people sixty and under. These dangerous possibilities of course concerned me, especially the idea of food shortages, a potential problem I haven’t heard as often. But even more concerning was the statement about who this will affect, a time frame that will very easily affect me as a 20 year old person, but also my parents and older generations, as well as my children I hope to have some day, and generations beyond. Moving to other sources used, the New York Times and the Washington Post, both can be seen commenting on this same study, affirming the concern, and addressing their audiences with some of the most startling aspects of the study. Such large and credible media sources such as these bringing this information forward only further validates the study, and the concerns that it presents.
    Towards the end of this article, the report itself is given in, allowing the reader an opportunity to get their information right from the source. With over 700 pages few people will actually view it in its entirety, not to mention it is a formal and academic work, using language that may be outside of the norm for most readers. However, a brief look and review at the material is interesting on its own. One thing in particular that I found interesting was that a lot of statements made were followed by confidence levels of their authors, such as high confidence or medium confidence. Of course it would be nearly impossible for them to determine climate change impact with one hundred percent certainty, this offers some hope that it won’t be as severe as predicted. My hope is that new technology and other innovations made to counter these negative effects will come quickly enough to prevent the disasters mentioned above. Things like irrigation to counter droughts and aid food production, proper equipment and training to allow people to contain and extinguish wildfires, the ability to predict rises in water levels and floods are all examples of how climate change affects can be combatted. Assuming that it is too late to stop the climate from changing all together, slowing that change and finding solutions for the resulting problems may be the best hope that humanity has.

  13. Shaunak Rajurkar October 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

    Having the course of the world rest on a period of time that’s barely longer than a decade is terrifying. Somehow, in the midst of this, the “most powerful” federal government and the EPA is incompetent and has pulled out of two crucial environmental pacts, including the Global Paris Accord, which most UN countries are a part of. The private sector is leading the change in moving toward renewable energy, with Silicon Valley miles ahead of the rest of the country.

    Energy giants have unfortunately become less regulated over the course of the last year, and have been given the green light to source non renewable energy in more dangerous ways. This article describes the lethal combination of offshore drilling expansion and deregulation: https://bit.ly/2pPlbIr

    It explains the dangers of “energy dominance” and its adverse effect on wildlife, emphasizing the damage on arctic and coastal communities.

    Additionally, air pollution is quickly rising as a contributor to the death toll. Many people in heavily populated cities, such as Kanpur, India, and Baoding, China, are experiencing deadly levels of air pollution, which has reduced their life expectancy by over 40% from national averages.

    Climate change needs to be addressed immediately, and both the government and the private sector need to work in tandem to secure the future of the planet.

  14. Julia Ausborn October 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    It’s horrifying to think what we are doing to our world. I always feel very concerned about climate change, and try to make a difference while recycling, trying to cut out the plastic, striving not to waste food, as well as reducing the energy conservation. Yet, I can, unfortunately, say that I wasn’t expecting or even aware of the worsening climate change and the tremendous outcomes we might expect as soon as 2040! Even more, this makes me upset that the country we live in is the second largest greenhouse emitter after China.
    We need to take aggressive action in order to prevent worsening food shortages, wildfires, the breakdown of coral reefs and so forth. Fortunately, it’s possible to obtain the needed effects by reducing greenhouse pollution by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030. This can be done by decreasing the use of current coal and electricity sources which is 40 percent now to between 1 and 7 percent. By doing this we will not only limit coal and electrical use but utilize more renewable energy sources that are better for our environment. The bottom line of this analysis is, we need to get rid of coal and use more renewable energy sources.

  15. Amy Rheel October 12, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

    This is such a heartbreaking read but so very necessary, our human society every single day takes for granted the earth that we live on. That our every day selfish actions take a toll on this earth that needs to be treated gently and not be run to the ground so much that there is a massive climate change. The article stresses that if as a society we continue living the way we do that there will be devastating consequences, “describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population”. In recent years there has been an effort to think about keeping our earth clean but it only is a fraction of the measures that are desperately needed to be taken in order to delay this quickly of a climate change. We have to take accountability and responsibility that for the way we are living it is not acceptable; as in everyone wants to live a life of luxury but is that fair at all costs to lose the wonders this earth has given us. It seems that we are running out of time to find or create another type of resource to keep our homes heated/air conditioned without trying to use harmful emissions. As the article stated that there needs to be a downward usage by 2030 of these harmful resources for there to be less of a dramatic negative affect to earth so fast but it seems as if we are on a upward motion when it comes to using these emissions. People who have power over their own countries should stress that there needs to be some time and thought into idea for how to put less stress on our environment. That if a few powerful people sit in a room and put their minds together, who knows the outcome and creative ideas that could make all the difference into taking some stress off the earth. The environment is going to become extremely harsh to live in with a climate change. Meaning that storms will become more extreme than ever before with flooding, hurricanes along with extreme heat. Imagine how we will live next with these types of changes as in will crops still grow or the effect this will have on the wildlife. There are just too many topics of concern to worry about and for some reason as a society we just push the way we treat the environment to the back of our minds.

  16. Conor Lally October 12, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    The young individuals who are slowly taking over a large percentage of the global workforce and world itself are often times labeled as millennials, or gen z’ers. People who fall within this age bracket typically have a bad reputation amongst society and their respected elders. They’re labeled as lazy, unmotivated, expected to have everything handed to them, and mindlessly addicted to rapidly advancing technological devices such as iPhones. In the eyes of society today it’s easy to say they, or we, have a bad reputation. I have hope however that this status will change. In all likelihood this change won’t be immediate, but more importantly it will forever have a positive impact on not only our country, but more importantly our planet.

    It comes down to one simple fact, the world itself as we know it is in grave danger. This article provides just a small picture of the various problems we as a human race are on pace to witness first hand. It is up to the people within my generation (technically I am in between being a gen z and millennial) to not only strive to make change, but be the group to say enough is enough. The common goal needs to consist of attempting to leave the planet in a more healthy, better state than the way we entered it. This is why I truly believe our lazy self entitled generation will go down in history as one of the most significant within the past couple centuries. The article states “that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has ‘no documented historic precedent.’” To this I say, why not us? This outlook may seem somewhat over optimistic and cliche, however if we do not take the necessary steps to demand change we will be quite the opposite of what I hope, we will be the generation that saw the world slowly come to an end while staring at Instagram.

  17. MBB October 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

    Climate change has been a topic of discussion for years now. It has been warned by the scientific community for years and while we know the issue is there, little seems to be getting done to solve it. Now, a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is a group of scientists brought together by the UN, is warning that massive changes need to be made to the basic foundation of worldwide energy, so that global warming can be limited. The report says that a 1.5 degree Celsius increase in temperature will cause coastal flooding, wildfires, food shortages and more. If it is not stopped or at least slowed down, people under the age of 60 will live to see these changes.
    This report now proposes the question, what is the world going to do about this? Everyone knows what we should do to reduce the effect of climate change on the environment; lower carbon emissions, stop burning fossil fuels, recycle and move over to renewable energy sources, but nothing seems to actually be getting done. Since it seems like nothing is getting done now, even when we know about the issue, people are questioning how feasible it is that we make such a rapid change to the environment. Recently, especially in the US, environmental protection regulations are being repealed and loosened, making it harder to protect the environment and helping to accelerate the worsening climate. The report says that by 2030, the global carbon dioxide emissions will have to be on the decline, as of right now they are still on the rise.
    This issue is something that needs to be fixed. It makes no sense that we are a technologically advanced society that has access to other cleaner and better means of energy creation, and yet we still resort to burning dinosaur remains and poisoning the planet that keeps us alive. There are also strides to be made in new forms of energy creation like nuclear fusion, which unlike fission is totally clean, cannot melt down and creates much more energy than traditional nuclear power plants. Just a pineapple sized amount of hydrogen can produce the energy equivalent of 10,000 tons of coal. While this still may not be ready for implementation yet, until it is, there are other forms of renewable energy that we can use like solar, wind, water and thermal. There is no excuse for not starting the world on the track of renewable energy, it will also create jobs for the workers who will run those power plants. There are almost no negative aspects of renewable energy, so let’s listen to the scientists who have spent their lives researching this and do what is best for the planet and the future of our society.

    Moore, Thomas. “Future Energy: Inside the Nuclear Fusion Reactor That Will ‘Recreate Sun on Earth’.” Sky News, 16 Oct. 2018. news.sky.com/story/future-energy-inside-the-nuclear-fusion-reactor-that-will-recreate-sun-on-earth-11526692.

  18. Erica Glover October 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    Global warming and climate changes have been a big concern and issue for a while now and it is only getting worse. According to the article “Climate Scientists: Humans have only 12 years to limit devastating climate changes” most people under the age of 60 years old will experience severe climate changes unless something is done within the next 12 years. We all hear about climate change and global warming every day but no one seems to understand the severity of it and how bad it really is. The article goes on to say how if you are under the age of 60 there will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues related to climate change in your lifetime. This is extremely terrifying to me considering I am only 22 years old and may have to deal with this climate change when I am older. Another fact the article went to discuss was that they are expecting a worsening of food shortages, wildfires and a mass die off of coral reefs. This is all serious news to be reading and the fact that it will be occurring in my lifetime and all of those close to me is very scary.
    There needs to be changes to prevent this rapid global warming, we need to as quickly as possible; reduce fossil fuel use and increase use of clean and efficient energy as well. These actions must start now for us to even have a shot at preventing the rapid climate changes. I have noticed the past 2 summers to be overwhelmingly warmer than I remember. We all are well aware of the global warming but many don’t take it seriously or know how serious it really is. These events that the article explained are to happen such as widespread costal flooding and wildfires are already happening in some areas but they will begin to happen everywhere. People continue to live in denial and don’t come to terms with how in danger those who are under 60 years old will be in 10 to 12 years. I hope this article is as alarming to others as it was to me, if we act fast we may be able to slow down the process or decrease the severity of these changes.

  19. Jordan H October 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    For decades experts have known that humans are doing irreparable damage to the planet. Now they have come out with an estimate that if drastic changes are not taken there will be coastal flooding and food shortages. This potential is frightening to say the least, the global population continues to climb and as such we can not afford to suffer from food shortages. Food shortages are not the only consequence we face, coastal flooding and wildfires could cause widespread devastation. Pollution over the last one hundred years has done more damage to the environment than any other point in human history. In the next twelve years there needs to be major changes made or the weather patterns we are seeing now will continue to deteriorate.

    This past year New Jersey experienced a ten day stretch of weather where the temperature did not get above ten degrees. Then on the flip side this summer there was a heat wave that lasted longer than a week with temperatures reaching over one hundred degrees every day. Such weather patterns are not normal and should serve as a warning to those that don’t believe in climate change. The current administration made campaign promises to bring back the coal industry, but in order to follow the emissions timeline set out by the scientists coal burning would have to be entirely ended by 2050. Coal burning is extremely detrimental to the environment and it would be the exact opposite solution that was suggested by the experts.

    For the younger generations this prediction is actually quite dire. Twelve years is not a long time to enact such drastic changes in preservation techniques. Pictures taken from space show that polar ice caps are shrinking and marine biologists have confirmed that ocean temperatures are rising annually. This prediction is not just another conspiracy theory, but actually backed by scientific proof and has been corroborated by multiple experts. I think that an increased interest in renewable resources should be explored, since burning coal and natural gas has been proven to be so harmful to the environment. There is no easy solution available, but it is up to the world leaders to heed this warning and take the proper steps in order to avoid a potentially catastrophic natural disaster.

  20. Alex Fialkowsky October 19, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Climate change and global warming are issues that will plague society as long as we continue to exploit the Earth’s resources without restraint. The systems we have in place use a vast amount of resources that cannot be replaces as fast as they are being consumed. Groundwater takes approximately 280 years to renew, and we are shrinking the volume of our supply every day, as well as damaging it with waste and runoff of harmful chemicals. The constant burning of fossil fuels damages the atmosphere by the second. The Earth and its inhabitants have approximately 12 years to change our behavior; otherwise, the world we live in could change dramatically for the worse. If people do not see this as a wakeup call, we will all be doomed. For those who said in the past, “Global Warming is exaggerated,” and “This will never happen in my lifetime” they were wrong as well as a large portion of the problem. Even if these problems were not going to affect us in our lifetime, why would we continue? So that our children and grandchildren could suffer? I do not think so. The Earth is our home and we should try to preserve it for as long as we can (potentially only twelve more years ironically).
    The first step in taking action on this problem should be to make it a well-known issue. Prove the naysayers wrong with facts that the Earth is dying. If people truly believe their home will be destroyed, they will hopefully do anything to prevent that. The next step would be to reduce emissions by a significant amount; one of the largest factors in the climate change is the carbon dioxide that is released into the air from burning of gasoline, oil, coal, etc. These harmful gasses not only cause breathing problems, but they also trap heat when they are in the atmosphere, allowing the global temperature to rise. Technically, we are in an ice age currently because by definition, an ice age is occurring when there are areas such as the Poles, which have frozen glaciers 365 days a year. It is inevitable that they will melt; we are just accelerating the process by an unhealthy amount.
    I try every day to be as green as I can, however it is hard acting alone. This is why people mst band together and take this issue seriously. One man cannot protest outside The Capitol demanding change to environmental issues. It will take the majority to implement these changes. This is why we must start with informing as many people as possible. Our planet is dying and we must take every action necessary to prevent this. We are currently a cancer on this planet, growing without limit, taking without replacing, we must change our ways before we get our own personal dose of “chemo-therapy” that could wipe us out forever.

  21. Gabrielle Bram October 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    This article was very informative and frightening about the possible climate changes within the next twelve years. I personally have never really given much thought to climate change and the possibility of it effecting my life. The article says anyone under the age of sixty will be affected by climate change during their lifetime. The article discusses how climate change will cause widespread coastal flooding, wildfires, and food shortages. In some of my past science classes I learned that global warming or climate change could be possible but wouldn’t affect the earth for hundreds of years. After reading this article my views on climate change have changed a lot and more people need to be notified about the reality of climate change and how it could affect their current life. The article states how carbon dioxide is predicted to reach forty billion tons per year if changes are not made immediately.
    I think many people of scared to face the reality that climate change is real and to survive, changes need to me made worldwide. I recently read an article “With thick ice gone, Arctic sea ice changes more slowly” by Carol Rasmussen, the article was about how the melting arctic ice is making water less salty. Many explorers now could use the sea water as drinking water. Not only are sea levels rising there are changes to the water that many animals live in. After reading both articles I am going to do what I can to help the environment and stop climate change.

  22. Tirzah Kelly October 19, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    Twelve years to make improvements to the Earth is not a very long time!!! According to the IPCC report, we are seeing the evidence of global warming now. Bad storms seem to be becoming the norm for North and South Carolina. Hurricanes are getting stronger and becoming more frequent. These storms are bringing lots of wind damage which causes power lines and trees to fall; and lots of flooding. People are having to evacuate their homes because during a flood, water has risen so high, that there is no safe place in the house.

    We are starting to see warming trends that are outside of the norm. Summers in the north east are going from hot to extremely hot with temperatures climbing into the low 100s . Places like California are seeing droughts with little to no rain and wild fires happening more often and lasting longer. These conditions can be fatal. The extreme heat is bad for the elderly and very young children that sometimes have asthma. The wild fires are unpredictable and sometimes there’s not enough time for people to get out of their homes to safety from the heavy smoke to the actual fire.

    Coral reefs are dying off in record numbers due to coral bleaching which is a direct effect of the emission of greenhouse gases that cause the ocean temperatures to rise. These reefs are a very necessary part of our eco system. They are a source of food for marine species and they provide protection from flooding. Once coral reefs are gone, that will cause a rapid change in other eco systems that will affect people and the economy.

    If we don’t make a change, these things will happen more often. If ocean waters rise, that means we will start to lose land exposure. Now of course, we won’t be standing on our tippy toes in the center of the United States trying not to wash off into the ocean; but, losing any little bit of land with our population increasing can’t be positive. Economically, it’s hard for many to rebuild after a flood. The economy also takes a hit in areas of flooding. We’ve all seen bridges and roads wash away during floods. These things have to be rebuilt. Money is needed but with more and more devastation occurring, there may be less funding to distribute to help rebuild. The burning question is what happens if we continue this trend of increasing emission gases on our planet. Realistically, what will our futures look like. Will we be able to go swimming at the beach or will we expect to see more sharks near the shore. Will North Carolina and Florida be wiped off the map or will we start to see more hurricanes pop up all over our coasts! We can’t afford to take a chance to see what will happen. We’ve seen to much devastation already.

  23. Amanda Nitting October 19, 2018 at 5:41 pm #

    One of the biggest debates that circulate when it comes to the environment, is whether are not climate change exists or not. The increase in temperatures over the years is something that cannot simply be set to the side and ignored. Although there are other problems that are happening, none of those issues will matter if there is not a healthy, clean world to live in. The article makes it very clear that if we do not “limit the world’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, there will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues related to climate change” (Kottke). If this is the case then, that means that if a person is sixty years or younger, they will most likely feel the effects of the climate changes.
    One of the biggest factors that contribute to climate change is this idea called the greenhouse effect. Under this, certain gases in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide among others, do not end up leaving the atmosphere. Due to this, it results in these greenhouses getting stuck and therefore increasing the Earth’s temperature. Actions, for instance, such as burning fossil fuels is extremely substandard for the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency is a part of the United States federal bureaucracy that focuses on safeguarding the environment through certain policies that pertain to the environment. However, the EPA has been defunded recently which makes it more difficult for this administrative agency to fulfill their goals. With all the forecast of what the world will look like in ten to twenty years from now rises concern in many.
    Based off the article, it states, “Overall reductions in emissions in the next decade would probably need to be more than 1 billion tons per year, larger than the current emissions of all but a few of the very largest emitting countries” (Kottke). This is shocking and very eye-opening because if the world does not begin to get a real understanding of the negative actions we are doing to Earth, it will hurt everyone. It is not just important that the United States allocated more funds to the EPA and other organizations that are trying to clean up the world, but all other countries need to contribute more. In some other countries, the air is so contaminated that they wear masks to prevent unhealthy emissions from entering their bodies. As the years continue to pass us by and if we continue to reframe from doing anything, we will look back and regret not putting enough energy into this issue. Although the Earth does go through its own phases of hot and cold temperatures, this climate change is not just a natural process. The negative emissions and burning of fossil fuels that humans are doing do play a role in this change. When the EPA was first formed, regulations were put on industries along with other things like cars to reduce the amount of pollution. This issue is not going away and is going to be continued discussed because there is an obvious change in the climate. Whether the world decides to address it or not is another story, but it seems that the best thing to do is be more cautious so that in the future, it is not detrimental.

  24. TylerP October 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

    It is articles like this that ought to make us all appreciate what we truly have in the Earth as a home. We have known of the damages we have been causing to the Earth for decades and yet, no major steps have been taken to curb such disregard to planetary health. This is why it is so great to see a culmination of respected climate scientists come together to present their findings to the world in an attempt, to draw international focus to the subject. According to the substantial claims of the report, by 2030, global CO2 emissions will need to drop 45 percent below 2010 levels—equivalent to over 60 percent below 2015 levels—reaching net zero by 2050. This will be a colossal undertaking. The UN report actually says it will require “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” The obvious issues with this are that these unprecedented changes in all aspects of society are not clear. From an individual level, we can do everything we can to recycle and reduce planetary pollution but, the wide scale of pollution is coming from the over consumption of resources by large foundations. The report has enthusiasm that if we are able to make strides now, then that will provide a ‘saving grace’ effect later on in the years to come. However, what types of technology and strategies will we use if we are able to collectively band together on the issue that is the state of the global climate, to help override the damage we have already done? Within the detailed report, there is mention about developmental technology known as bio-energy with carbon capture and storage which could prove to be helpful. it is technology that proposes proposes burning biomass for energy, and capturing the carbon emissions to be stored underground. While these types of technologies could work, they have only been successful within lab settings and tests. I suppose what I am trying to say is that although we have a great chance at turning around the damage we have done if we band up and contribute now as the article would suggest, I just do not believe that the technology we have at hand, will be enough to reverse climate change globally. With this being a problem we have had noted for decades, the technology to reduce emissions and to reverse what we have done to the Earth really should have been in development years ago. Maybe then, I would feel a bit more confident about the future health of the planet.

  25. Sydney Woodcock October 19, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    In the past few weeks I’ve seen a few articles with titles like this, saying we must make incredibly changes to global emissions of the results would be catastrophic. I’m sure to many people this may just seem like an “It’s the end of the world” article written by crazy people. Unfortunately, this was reported in an incredibly detailed report written by the United Nations scientific panel on climate change, giving it quite a bit more credibility than some article written on a conspiracy theory website by a strange man named Clyde. On another note, talking about how badly we have treated the earth; it is incredibly sad that I can google the question “how big is the pile of trash in the pacific ocean” and get an actual response. If you were wondering, It is estimated to be anywhere from the size of Texas to the size of Russia. Yes, Russia. The big one.
    Obviously, these changes need to be made on a global scale, not just one or two people changing their ways could fix issues like this. Although that’s true, I do think it’s important that everyone does their part. It’s easy to think to oneself, “I’m just one person, what I do won’t have an impact on the world.” In theory, that’s true, but when you have 7.5 billion people thinking that their actions don’t have an impact, they’re wrong. Even things as simple as using metal straws, using reusable water bottles, recycling, etc. can make a huge impact on a the world. Try to imagine if every person in the world decided to stop buying plastic bottles, and instead started using reusable water bottles. The immediate impact that would have on the amount of waste produced in the world would be incredible.
    On top of making changes to how we treat the world as we go on, we have to realize that fixing what we have done to the earth is important as well. For example, that large patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. That’s something that needs to be taken care of. It may be daunting for people, government officials, countries, and the world to look at all we need to fix, because we have done so much damage. We need to realize that we don’t need to fix everything all at once. Every little thing we do will add up and slowly but surely make a positive impact against all the negative in the past. Much like a student has to single one thing out on their to-do list, finish that, and continue down the line, that’s what we need to do when we try to fix the earth.

  26. Anthony Ciaralli October 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    This article is shocking to me because it said everyone under sixty will face these severe changes to the Earth. With the current rate that humans are creating pollution the world temperature will rise to 1.5 degrees celsius. This is concerning because everyone creates pollution in some way. Whether it is driving in cars, or using one time materials such as plastics, these are leaving lasting impacts on our environment. If this continues to happen, there could be serious consequences we would have to deal with.
    This article is also shocking to me because I thought there were rules and regulations were in place to reduce our carbon footprint. In the article, they said carbon levels have been rising and we only have until 2030 to make changes. It’s important for people to do anything they can to reduce emissions. Some ways to reduce emissions are recycling, carpooling, and not using as much plastic. As a whole, we must protect the earth and try to reduce these emissions or it will cause devastating effects to the environment.

  27. Tyler Peteraf October 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    Climate change is a real thing. Most people are able to realize that, but their are also some ignorant people who refuse to look at the facts. However, I believe that even the people who realize that global warming is real would be surprised by this article. I was certainly surprised when I saw how imminent the affects of global warming are. I always imagined that we would only see the devastating affects of global warming far down in the future, but this article refutes that completely. Certain things like shorting of food supplies and Forrest fires are very concerning and could be in the immediate future if we do not change our global footprint throughout the world. We cannot allow ourselves to believe the idea that we have a vast amount of time to change our ways, because we simply don’t have the time with the pace we are going on. People have to become more conscience of their affect on the environment and realize the damage they are doing. As individuals, people have to step up and be more aware of their global footprint and not be so ignorant about the situation. In today’s society, we live life very nonchalantly not thinking through our actions sometimes. It is inevitable that we will see the affects of global warming if we keep doing the same thing, so we need to do all we can to change our habits.

  28. Alexis Job October 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

    Topics revolving around the well-being of the Earth are easy to talk about, but are hard to actually address. Climate change has been one of the biggest problems facing the Earth for decades. The drastic changes in climate made in such a short period of time due to greenhouse gas emissions is appalling. To read that in a little over 20 years, average temperatures and water levels will rise almost to a point of no return. The United Nations must be aggressive in their actions to prohibit the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. As stated in the New York Times article, exorbitant taxes will be implemented in order to reduce the amount of hazardous materials being used, but that does not alleviate the problem completely. The world’s leaders and governments must all be in accordance to take this scare seriously and enforce extra regulations within their own countries, in efforts to undo all the damage previously done. In order to take an ultimatum of change, every nation must be parallel in understanding of the detrimental effects that climate change poses to not only the environment, but animals, and humans thereof. The argument that climate change has had reoccurring episodes and therefore it poses no threat is simply invalidating the clear damage it has had on our communities. Within the US itself, the concept of climate change is not a widely believed idea. Multiple officials in government, including our President have made statements regarding their stance of skepticism of climate change. All officials worldwide must be advocates for change if we all want to continue living in this world.

  29. Nick C October 30, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    Global warming has been an issue that has been debated about for as long as I can remember. This is caused from pollution and emissions that are omitted by humans. Global warming will cause a mass die off of the coral reefs, more wildfires, starvation, and cause many species of animals to die because of deforestation. According to this article, if you under the age of 60, you will be affected by global warming changes in your lifetime. This is a worrying statement because I don’t want to see the world change in a bad way because of global warming.
    There are some ways that can help limit the global warming issue and I do think that these should be done by everyone. With the advancement of technology, cars are becoming more fuel efficient and some are even driven by electricity. If possible, when someone is buying a car, they should try to get a more fuel efficient one. This will also save the person on gas money so they are winning in two ways. Another factor is the emissions from factories. These emissions are a big factor for causing global warming and should be limited by the factories themselves so the air around them can be clean and safe. Overall, global warming has been an ongoing issue that will affect the human population if things don’t start to change soon.

  30. Alexa Shello October 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    Global warming has been a problem that scientists have warned the public about for years. The idea to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in order to limit an individual person’s emissions into the world has been pressed into my head for years, but many people do very little to actually make a change. The UN is sending it’s last signal to try and engrain into people that changes need to be made, but I think emissions is still rising instead of lowering because people are uninformed, can’t see an visible changes themselves, don’t know how and are uneducated on how to actually help, or a mixture of all three.
    Being told to reduce, reuse, and recycle is a very important lesson for people, but it has a very little impact on people who are uneducated about how to do it. For example, many people try to recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, and glass, aluminum, etc. While this is extremely beneficial to the environment, a lot of people place these items in incorrect bins, or assume it will be sorted at the recycling plant. In reality, if something is incorrectly recycled it is usually just thrown away at the plant and never makes it through the recycling process. While the good intention is there, this is not helpful in actually reducing emissions and waste.
    I think there needs to be more regulation by States and major government bodies to make recycling easier and more accurate for the consumer. As companies produce major emissions by creating products, they also produce a large amount of waste, or produce products that are packaged and sold in materials that are not easily recycled or that the general population is not educated on how to properly dispose of. It should be the responsibility of the individual companies and businesses to dispose of the materials that are given to consumers. Below I have attached a link to a Youtube video about a young environmentalist who decided to open her own store in New York City that uses entirely reusable containers, sells products in bulk, and limits waste entirely. She discussed how the waste and emissions increase is largely because companies and governments don’t enforce rules and regulations on waste production and it should be the responsibility of the company that creates the waste, to properly dispose of it. With this mindset, she created a business that sells products like razors, natural detergents, coffee cups, food, etc. entirely out of glass or aluminum containers that can then be returned to the store when the consumer has finished the product and everything is cleaned and reused for the next consumer.
    This business model is how more American companies should view waste removal, especially as global warming increases and the UN has warned there are only 12 years left to make major changes to improve the environment. This is the only world we have and it is important that we take care of it or there won’t be any place for us here anymore.

  31. Skylin Riedweg November 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    It is very unfortunate that we are killing a planet that has sustained life for four and a half billion years. Climate change has been a topic of conversation for years now and there are still those that argue that it is not really happening. Global warming occurs as a result of greenhouse gases being emitted. Carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning coal, gas, oil, and waste, makes up more than 75% of the greenhouse gases in the air. With the increase in worldwide population and the increased use of natural fuels, carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly increasing. Greenhouse gases create a blanket over the earth that does not allow heat to escape, hence the whole world getting warmer. This has the implication of affecting ecosystems that sustain both human and animal lives. This has been shown in the increase of forest fires, the drying up of water sources, and the decrease in plant growth.
    There’s no easy way to address the issue of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere because they will not dissipate for hundreds to thousands of years. However, there are steps we can take to decrease the amount of emissions in the future. Worldwide governments need to put regulations into place that will help eliminate greenhouse gases. Money needs to be poured into research and developing alternative ways to fuel cars and handle waste.

  32. Amari J November 8, 2018 at 11:02 pm #

    Global warming has been a hot topic of conversation for decades now. Scientist have been analyzing way to stop or maybe slow it down for even longer. Governments have made rules, regulations, and standards on greenhouse gas emissions to protect the ozone which has been weakening year by year. This article documents a discovery that climate scientist have made as of late, about global warming approaching us much sooner than they thought. As stated in the article humans have 12 years to limit worlds warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or there will be devastating reactions. This realization is quite frightful being that the Trump Administration is not taking global warming seriously. The Trump Administration is nulling rules and regulations that were set to reduce greenhouse gases. In doing this, he will only speed climate change forward even more because he is protecting the big companies that burn harmful fumes and don’t use clean energy as a result they will be worried more about making a profit than protecting our environment. This is very nerve racking for anyone under the age of 60 because we will endure the world rath.

    There are 50,000 people who inhabit the Marshall Islands, half of which are younger than 18. Everyday they deal with some sort of natural occurrence that could end up wiping out there people for good. Many are moving away but some do not have the means to. The Marshall Islands are an island country and a US associated state. Some of the islands are only a few feet above sea level. They are affected by bacteria infested water and continuous flooding due to melting ice within the Pacific Ocean. The people on the island as of right now are considered the last generation because they will soon be driven out or possibly killed by flooding.

    Mizner, Michelle. “The Last Generation.” Frontline PBS, 6 April 2018, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-last-generation/

  33. Jaden Tate November 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    Climate change and global warming are a real thing. Though many scientists have told us this before we as human do not take it as seriously as we need to. “There will be widespread coastal flooding, food shortages, wildfires, and other issues… if you are 60 or under, these changes will occur in your lifetime.” Well great, I feel as though everything important that is going on in the world is up to the younger generation to fix. Last week everyone was yelling at us to “make sure you vote” because “our vote is important.” Now they would like us to change how we live before the world warms up by 1.5 degrees Celsius. The United Nations believes that dramatic things such as “food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040” which makes most people my age in their 40s. They state that carbon dioxide emissions put out around 40 billion tons per year and that if a drastic change does no occur then we are going to be in major trouble by the year 2030. We as humans need to all take a drastic step to making this world a better place for the generations after us. I feel as though there should be laws in place that say “these 10 specific days throughout the year you are not allowed to use cars” and because of this many people should have the day off. By doing this, it reduces the number of emissions the cars alone put into the air. On these days as well, factories should be shut down because they are another reason why we have such high carbon emissions. Though these days would basically put the world on stop, it will help us in the end. It will also allow for families to catch up with each other because they will all be stuck in a house together.
    Along with this, there is room for exercise because if you really need to do something or if you must get to work the only way is by bike or and electric scooter (really anything that does not use gas). I fear though that if people do not start making a change, then my kids will be missing out on seeing all the world offers like beaches, coral reefs, and animals that depend on certain things that will be damaged by us humans. California will be no more, which will suck because I do not plan on moving out of Vegas and with California being flooded over those residents will want to move to Vegas. With that being said the beach will no longer be 4 hours away but more like 2, if that. I don’t want Vegas to be the new place where you stay to go to the beach. We are crowded enough as it is so people, please stay away and take care of the planet.

  34. John Skalski November 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    Every time that I read a report about how climate change is going to affect the world in our lifetimes, I am usually surprised at the reaction from it. For a very long time now scientists, experts, whoever you want to say has been warning people about how climate change is real and can do some extreme damage to the world that we live in. One of the problems that comes out of this is the fact that a lot of important people in our society will not believe these reports and end up doing nothing to help improve the world. A major change in the way that people treat the environment will not happen unless certain people start making things happen. I personally do not know how many more documentaries, images, videos, etc. have to be made that prove to everyone that climate change is real and causing a legitimate problem to our world. I have a bad feeling that no major changes will happen unless something really bad happens, such as increased floods or whatever the case. When I say major changes, I am talking about making new laws that help protect the earth more or something equivalent to that nature. Obviously all the warnings about how we should not cut down trees, pollute oceans, litter everywhere, etc. have not worked and we are at this point now. The only way that any kind of change will happen is if someone with a ton of power, say maybe in the government, finally comes to realize how bad everything has gotten and starts to make people realize that serious changes need to happen if we do not want to destroy earth. I remember watching as a kid the movie WALL-E, and seeing how the human race had to be moved to another planet because the earth had become destroyed from pollution and everything. I thought to myself how funny that was because there would be no way that we would ever leave the earth because this is our home and people take good care of it. Well, after growing up I realized that earth may be our home but people do not take very good care of it at all. Unless we want to end up like the people in WALL-E then we need to get our game together and start making some serious changes.

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