Green Corner: Fight climate change

Back in January, a controversial issue known as Deflategate arose in the sports industry in regards to the deflation of footballs. The coach of the team in question explained this as a result of atmospheric conditions and temperature changes. Bill Nye, being “The Science Guy,” decided to demonstrate the science behind this speculated phenomenon and weigh in on the issue by vocalizing his opinion. But his opinion dealt very little with the footballs. Instead, he took this time to vocalize the real scientific issue we should all be concerned about.
“Climate change is real. While we’re all obsessed with Deflategate, let’s keep in mind that there’s something about which you should give a [damn],” Nye said. “Yes, like Tom Brady, the world is getting hotter and hotter, and you know why? Because we humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
This concept of climate change has become mainstream over the last few years as scientists assess our future standing on this planet we all call home. But what is climate change? It’s the term used to describe the altering of the weather on a long-term scale because of the greenhouse gas effect.
The greenhouse gas effect is a process that heats up the Earth as gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor trap heat in the atmosphere. In simple terms, heat energy from the sun travels to the Earth’s surface, is reradiated into the atmosphere which contains these greenhouse gases, gets trapped by these gases, and that finally is reradiated back to Earth’s surface and causes additional warming. Human activities have been linked to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and thus, the warming of the Earth. Now, this comes full circle with Bill Nye’s persistence for addressing climate change in the context of the football coach’s blame on temperature change.
William Sanford Nye has been a popular figure in the field of science and is widely known for his hit TV show, from which he has become known as as Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.” As an advocate for science literacy, he has explored numerous topics. He has educated and raised the awareness of many individuals, including many of us here at Rider, with his simple and quirky hands-on approach. On April 23, Bill Nye will be appearing at Rider University as this year’s Earth Day keynote speaker.  Only ticket holders will be able to gain entrance to this exciting event.
On April 22nd, the whole world joins in on celebrating Earth Day’s 45th anniversary. This past year marks the joining of hands of economic growth and sustainability, especially following protests like the People’s Climate March, where over 400,000 individuals came together to advocate global action against climate change. The march was in response to an upcoming U.N. Climate Summit of world leaders and resulted in the world leaders of the U.S. and China displaying a united front on climate change and on reducing the greenhouse gases found to be responsible for it.
To eliminate the rising of sea levels, greater and more frequent natural disasters, the loss of habitat and threats to human health among many other problems, choose to become part of this environmental movement. Choose to become literate in the science of climate change, the real issue prevalent in our society. To ensure a habitable home for our future, learn about climate change and how you — yes, you — can make a difference.

–Kathy Blachut
Lawrenceville eco-rep

 

Printed in the 04/22/15 issue.

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3 thoughts on “Green Corner: Fight climate change”

  1. Bill Nye the science guy butchered the science. Rather than extolling his virtues, is only one should divorce him from the real science behind global warming. The infamous deflategate is only infamous because of ignorance of science in general and physics in particular. Much of that is due to people like Bill Nye who simply get it entirely wrong. A 5% change in absolute temperature (the difference at the AFC championship game) equates to a 5% change in pressure. The absolute pressure, assuming an atmospheric pressure of 14.5 psi is between 27 and 28 psi in a regulation football. All of the 5% change occurs in the football so the pressure drop is over 1.3 psi (it is mitigated by a reduction in volume which varies between footballs). You, like Bill Nye, do no service to the issue of climate change when you offhandedly use a moronic explanation for football pressure. The cause you purport to support would be better served if you or the science guy actually did the minimal research required to understand 18th century physics, or if you simply did not publish any more fatuos articles.

  2. Deniers Rule!
    The only things certain and unstoppable are 34 more years of global disbelief and climate action failure;

    34 YEARS of failure at achieving the climate action targets needed 25 YEARS ago to SAVE THE PLANET is 100% proof science’s 97% certainty was NOT “certainty”.
    Deny that………………..follow the herd sheeple;
    *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by trust worthy politicians.

  3. I was the first to write, it seems that criticism of the inept is not appreciated by this publication