Adapt to warming temperatures

Could we just adapt to whatever changes global warming might bring, without doing anything to try to slow or stop them?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Joe's picture
Joe says:

I bet we could, but the consequences to our environment and our society might be significant.

posted on Mon, 10/17/2005 - 5:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We might adapt to whatever changes that global warming might bring, but we are not the only ones being affected by it. What about all the species that can't just adapt? Let's think of others for a change.

posted on Mon, 10/24/2005 - 3:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

GLOBAL WARMING DOES NOT EXIST.

posted on Mon, 10/24/2005 - 3:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

YES. Humans--all animals, really--have the ability of adaptation. Look how the finch evolved.

posted on Wed, 11/30/2005 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We might, but we shouldn't take that risk.

posted on Wed, 11/30/2005 - 12:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming is not necessariy happening for anthropological reasons. The change is a given, but not our ability to adapt.

posted on Tue, 12/13/2005 - 4:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We as humans could obviously adapt pretty easily, but animals would not be as lucky. We need to do our part to assure that it doesn't affect them in a negative way.

posted on Tue, 12/13/2005 - 4:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming isn't happening, and if it were, how could we stop the temperature?

posted on Tue, 12/13/2005 - 4:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I always worry about this, as if it is happening it will probobly happen in my life, as i'm only 13 however I believe that there isn't enough ice in the icecaps to flood, and if it does flood we could build windmills lke Holland, as for the temperature rise, I believe that we can adapt as the temperature is only slowly rising, see, im a wise kid...

posted on Fri, 01/06/2006 - 11:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Join ARMSTRONG ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY to help. I love the Earth!

posted on Thu, 01/12/2006 - 2:31pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Just in case people were curious, I believe the group refereed to here is an environmental group at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

posted on Fri, 01/13/2006 - 10:47am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If this planet was a rental property then i would guess that we have lost our bond

posted on Mon, 03/20/2006 - 8:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming is just big hoop-la by the liberal media to encourage everyone to be treehugger like them! If you look at temp. charts, the temperature always undergoes changes, so global warming IS NOT A BIG DEAL!!!!!

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 3:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i don't really think global warming is happening, and if is the goverment should do something about because thy arn't doing anything.

posted on Fri, 09/29/2006 - 5:09pm
Stephen's picture
Stephen says:

Whatever happened to a society that owned up to the problems that it created? The good news is that cutting global carbon emissions may not be all that difficult--we don't know until we try!

Here is what we do know: 1) we know that CO2 is increasing rapidly in the atmosphere since the advent of the Industrial Revolution; 2) cars, factories and power plants produce large quantities of CO2; 3) CO2 is a greenhouse gas; and 4) the consensus in the scientific community is that global temperatures are rising, likely caused by these anthropogenic increases in CO2. the National Academy of Science itself has stated, and I quote: "the warming trend in the global mean surface temperature observations during the past 20 years is undoubtedly real and is substantially greater than the average rate of warming in the 20th century." (http://www4.nationalacademies.org). They go on to state:"The Earth's surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, and surface temperatures have risen at a substantially greater rate than average in the past two decades. The changes observed over the last several decades are likely because of human activities, for the most part." So, global warming is likely happening, now what can we do about it?

I think part of our unwillingness to deal w/ global warming is that we think the solution might be too hard. The good news is that it might not be! For example, when scientists discovered that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosals were degrading the ozone layer, we banned their use and voila! the ozone layer is expected to recover in the next 50 years. Admittedly, reducing CO2 emissions will be somewhat more difficult, but there are some easy places to start. For example, the EPA estimates if each American household changed 5 light bulbs to the new fluorescent models, it would be the equivalent of taking 8 million cars of the road! What about installing solar panels with every new home? It would save money and the environment! What about raising our automobile gas mileage standards? These are not difficult things. Cities all around the country are signing on to the Kyoto protocol. For example, Seattle has signed on (http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/climate/) and this has certainly not ruined their economy; instead, the mayor says they are saving money. I'd advocate urging your city leaders to sign on as well, and for a list of what the EPA suggests we all can do, see: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/actionsIndividual.html. How do we know we can't curb greenhouse gas emissions unless we try?

Michigan State University

posted on Thu, 10/05/2006 - 1:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree with Stephen. While it is extremely daunting to think about ways to significantly reduce carbon emissions by oneself, if each of us contributes to a global effort in carbon emission reduction, the task becomes much more feasible.

Regarding the question about our whether we could adapt provided that we let global warming continue unchecked:

I don’t think evolutionary adaptation really is an issue at this point, because the environmental consequences of global warming will most likely affect us much more than the minute changes in global temperature. A global temperature increase of 3-5oC (which doesn’t seem to be that large of a change) can cause a rise in sea level up to 20 feet worldwide. Now, this change in sea level seems a little more alarming. However, what’s most alarming is the number of people displaced by the land that would be permanently lost to the ocean as a result of this. Should this sea level rise occur, estimates of almost a billion people would be displaced. The task to house, feed and otherwise manage those billion people on the remainder of our already mismanaged land may be most environmentally devastating aspect of global warming. It’s not a question whether or not we can adapt; it’s a question asking whether or not our environment can sustain us in the aftermath of global warming.

posted on Thu, 10/05/2006 - 4:43pm
frozenroadrunner's picture
frozenroadrunner says:

We have more issues to look at than just global warming. I believe that you also have to look at the world population, food supply, economy, land use and polution.
There are estimates of population being 9 billion in 2050. That is 3 billion more than now. These people have to eat, so the food supply has to increase, in industrialized nations, this shouldn't be as much of a problem as we have geneticly enhanced or cloned food, but Africa, whose population is expected to double in the next 50 years, refuses all genectly enhanced food. This may or may not change. Economic status may raise around the world, but as our lives are based on money, we lose self knowlege of how to farm, raise food, make useful things and even cook.
Obviously, as more people are born there will be a growing need for more land to live on, farm and build on.
An increase of population means an increase in garbage, polution and waste.

Now add in Global Warming. Large storms, heat waves worse than last summer in the continental U.S. and Europe, less water from snow pack, less food from traditional breadbaskets like the U.S. midwest. Open land becoming scarcer and scarcer.

Yes we can adapt, but not as a society, as individuals. 10% of the population controls 90% of the money. This elite will make it through. So can anyone who learns to buy property in areas least affected and fence, farm and protect it. You might think that with global warming comes more water, but if there is more heat, there will be less water on and over land.

The Pentagon released a different view. http://www.stopesso.com/campaign/Pentagon.doc
This model is based on the arctic heating up and melting ice causing fresh water to slow down the thermohaline circulation system. Causing another ice age.

Is it too late to change the situation? I believe that it is. The amount of methane release from cow exhast alone contributes to a huge amount of greenhouse gasses. More than SUV's. Yes, I recomend that people should not eat beef and that grains, fruits and vegetables are the better way (Though not as tasty) to go.

Incandecent bulbs need to be replaced with flourecent and LED bulbs, and in some places solar panels should be used. (Barrow, Alaska does not have sun for 4 months. Maybe wind power for them?)

The biggest part of this equation is you. Don't believe that the government should be taking care of problems that you have. That isn't what the government was made for. Take care of your own problems. Be industrius. Find solutions on your own level and if it works, then share. Don't wait for others to do things for you. Good luck.

posted on Fri, 12/29/2006 - 5:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

finally, some good posts towards the end there.
thank you very much. i wish that people could be more informed.

ps. polar bears are going to go extinct due to global warming. their habitat is being slowly destroyed as the ice melts, and they are drowning in the ocean that used to carry glaciers

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 11:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am so sick of people saying that there is no such thing as global warming, there is!!!!!!. Please a beg you we must start changing now, its not hard, we have the technology in the palm of our hand pease please please use it! THIS EARTH WAS GIVEN TO US TO LIVE ON, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT AND KEEP IT CLEAN, WE ARE DOING TERRIBLE. AND STOP SAYING IT DOESNT EXIST I AM SOOO SCARED FOR THE POLAR BEARS AND US. the temp for this december is the mildest ever. now we can either deal with it now or later WHEN ITS TO LATE!USE THOSE BRAINS GOD GAVE U SAVE THE EARTH BEFORE ITS TO LATE, AND DONT THINK THIS IS LIKE SOME TREE HUGGER THING THAT PEOPLE DO CUASE ITS NOT!!!! P.S. we can make rhis global warimg a modest one (meaning save it now) or cataistrophic warming.

posted on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 12:32am
Kathryn's picture
Kathryn says:

I am so sick of people saying that there is no such thing as global warming! WE were put on this earth to live and grow in numbers, the only thing we had to do was to keep this beautiful earth clean, did we do that? no i don't think so. Yes the climate does change, i will say that, but not in this big of numbers, the ice caps in the Arctic are melting and that can cause a major MAJOR flood on almost every single contenient. Also, we have the technology to make the world cleaner, we hve flourescent lighting, ethanol oils for cars instead of gas, electricity powered cars (like the Hybrid) right in the palm of our hands, but where not using it because the only thing that most people care about is money, not there lives or there children or grandchildrens lives. C'mon people use your brains stop being so stubborn and deining that global warming exists, cause it does, and if the world and every thing dies in about 20, 50 years we have no one to blame but ourselves, its not to late, make the difference please for the polar bears and everyone.

posted on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 1:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think you are totally right because it makes me ssssssssssooooooooooooooooooo....mad that people just dont understand!!

posted on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 6:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there is no such thing as GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 3:49pm
do not want to be known's picture
do not want to be known says:

I don't think that there is such thing as global warming. our earth has gone and will go throug many of weather and atmosphirical changes people just have to lay back and wait to see what will happen like will it stop or progress or will it start getting colder. NoBODY knows for sure. IT is basicly like a baby the go through alot of changes like learning to walk and speak. EVERYONE NEEDS TO WAIT!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 12/31/2006 - 5:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

For all of you who think Global warming is not affecting our planet, you have not study or researched your hypothesis, many environmental scientist have studied their hypothesis and HAVE FOUND YOURS TO BE WANTING. If everyone were to ignore the scientific data then our community is surly lacking in ethical and moral regard for our and many others home. It is sad that our planet is not revered, as it should be, without it would not exist. Proven or not proven, everyone should go with the theory of what if. Are you to selfish that you’re needs come before those that are not as strong or mentally capable of defending and prohibiting their existence? Would spoil what you have for future residents of "Mother Earth" so you can go on living like a king with your wants!

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 2:13pm
another who don't care's picture
another who don't care says:

....Global warming is just,......Nature taking its' course!,....so relax and smell the roses!

posted on Fri, 10/19/2007 - 5:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming its not real its a means to make normal poeple buy expensive equipamente to save energy, oil, etc
the richer get rich and poor try to save the planet!?

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 3:40pm

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