Climate change and global warming


By Norbert Rosing

A polar bear stands atop an iceberg near the island of Spitsbergen, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Photo courtesy of National Geographic.

Zach Brittingham, Staff Writer

Doesn’t the weather seem unusually hot for November? Our planet is warming up and temperatures are rising annually.

Some people do not believe global warming is a real thing or that it is currently happening. However, substantial evidence has been recorded by leading researchers across the world documenting the long-term damage that has occurred and will continue to do so until action is taken.

Effects can range from rising temperature, to the the Coral Reef in Australia being bleached. The Union of Concerned Scientists said “The 12 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998.” (

This shows something is happening to our environment. Action needs to be taken worldwide not only by governing bodies, but by regular people.

Many recycling programs help the effort, but are only available in metropolitan areas. This makes it more difficult for those in rural areas to recycle common items such as plastic and glass. Recycling alone is not enough to stop global warming. The planet is heating up because carbon dioxide is getting poured into the atmosphere by the fossil fuels we burn.

So what can be done? We have to stop burning these fuels and use alternative energy recourses. If we do not take action soon, we are going to create an inhabitable planet.