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The truth is we just want people to be aware that human activities (as well as natural causes) have the possibility of creating adverse effects in the US, Antarctica, Greenland, and throughout the world.
Whether you believe global warming is real or not, we invite you to read what we have uncovered on the many pages of this site… and beyond. Remember, knowledge is power.
Newsweek Global Warming / The Launch
Launched in 1933, Newsweek is now one of the most reputable sources of information, being, actually, the second largest weekly newsmagazine in the USA. Naturally, different aspects of global warming and climate changes, which are now a real talk of the town, are actively discussed in the Newsweek.
Newsweek Global Warming / Carbon Dioxide
In one of the recent issues, the double-faced nature of carbon dioxide emissions was discussed. The article by Fred Guterl shows that increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be beneficial, but at the same it may also be “a monster in the dark”.
The point is that the increase of the carbon dioxide concentration in the air, which is believed to be the major man-made contributing factor to global warming, makes the plants grow more rapidly. In their turn, plants start to absorb more carbon dioxide from the air, trying to restore the balance in the atmosphere.
On the other hand, when more carbon dioxide is in the air and the global temperature rises, permafrost starts to melt down. The biggest problem here is that there are huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the dead organisms, living millions of years ago, enclosed in the permafrost masses.
If this permafrost will start to decay, it will release huge amounts of carbon dioxide. This process is called “outgassing”, and if this scenario will come true, outgassing itself might double or even triple carbon dioxide emissions from human activity during the whole 19th century.
Newsweek Global Warming / The Matter of Doubt
Another Newsweek article, titled as “Carbon Cuts Won’t Work”, demonstrates a certain level of pessimism in the idea that global warming problem can be prevented by cutting down carbon dioxide emissions.
The author of the article shows statistically that the industrial countries have already failed to achieve the goals, defined by Kyoto Protocol, and predicts similar effects from the upcoming climate-change summit in Copenhagen.
The article draws the readers’ attention to the alternative ways of preventing climate changes and lowering average global temperature. Climate engineering is what should be developed, according to the author of the article. People can lower the temperature, for example, by reflecting part of the sunlight back into the space.
It is estimated that bouncing only one or two percents of the sun energy could compensate the increase in global temperature, caused by human activity. Such technology could cost about $9 billion to research and develop, but this may potentially save us about $20 trillion of climate damage.
Newsweek Global Warming / Google is Bad for the Environment
Finally, another interesting article, published in Newsweek, says that even right now, when you are reading this material online, you are contributing to the carbon dioxide global emissions.
Harvard researchers have even calculated the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every time one googles some phrase. It is 7 grams. The point is that large data centers, used by IT companies to store and process huge volumes of information, require a lot of energy.
According to the article by Christopher Werth, IT industry is now responsible for 2 percents of global greenhouse emissions – this is comparable to the emissions from the airplanes. Pretty astonishing fact, isn’t it? Well, if that is going that way, I would better end up my short Newsweek global warming articles overview, just not to contribute to the global warming that much…
Newsweek Global Warming / Sources