SA Problem Solvers:

Harris, P

Goals for Future Classes:
1) Make fewer grammatical errors
2) Participate more in class discussions
3) Use more specific terms

Patrick Harris December 10, 2008
H.O.T. Log Global Climate Change
Although called global warming by most people, calling it as such may not be the most accurate term for the description for the trend. A better phrase for the many changes that our planet’s environment is going through right now would be global climatic disruption. Global climate change is just focused on one of the issues facing us, which is the increase in the globe’s temperature. Although the rise in temperature is a big problem, it is not the only one we need to focus on. Some of the other environmental issues that we need to be concerned about include, the winds, the ocean currents, the storm patterns, snow packs, snowmelt, flooding, and droughts.[[#_ftn1|[1]]] The term global warming shifts the focus on just the problem with the rise in temperatures, which could confuse the general public who may not know better. Considering that this global climatic disruption is a relatively new focus of study in the field of science, there are no closely related events in the department our history for us to draw on past experiences for calling it the correct term. Which led it to be known as global warming, however, calling it global climatic disruption fits the description more accurately. That is why the better phrase for the situation is global climatic disruption, because it does not single out one element of the problem, it includes all involved.

[[#_ftnref|[1]]] John Holdren. “Democracy Now”. July 03, 2008. <>

Patrick Harris December 17, 2008
H.O.T. Log Global Climate Change
Although opposed by much skepticism, the idea of global climate change is very real. Many of these skeptics deny this claim because as Al Gore put it, it is “An Inconvenient Truth” for them. They do not want to come to terms with the fact that they have been a contributor to the global climatic change and are still part of the problem. Also, it will be very inconvenient to them to become part of the solution. In order to end the effect of global climate change on the environment people, including those skeptics, are going to have to make adjustments to the lifestyles they have grown accustomed to. This shift will also play a role in their economic situation, if changing their lifestyles for the scientific based issue of global climate change were to involve doing such things as paying more money to be more resourceful.
There is also specific evidence to show that the skeptics are wrong and that global climate change is taking place. For instance, carbon dioxide levels have gone up from 280 ppm in 1750 to over a record high of 375 ppm today. Another example is the IPCC estimation of the projected global mean sea level rise by between .1 and .9 meters from 1990 and 2100 alone because of the effects of global climate change. To give some perspective, in the relatively small nation of Bangladesh alone, a .5 meter increase in sea-level would place about 6 million people at risk from flooding.[[#_ftn1|[1]]] As you can see, globate climate change is a real problem we are faced with that can no longer afford to be denied by skeptics.
[[#_ftnref|[1]]] <>
Patrick Harris January 20, 2009
H.O.T. Log Global Climate Change
Water damage caused by global climate change will take a large economic toll on most of the world, and the Northeastern Region of the United States will, in particular, be hit with a heavy bill to pay. Because they are located on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, an increase in water levels to this region will cause many problems in particular. “In the Metropolitan East Coast Region, the expected insured and uninsured losses from coastal surge, flooding and wind damage expected with climate change range from $1.13 billion to over $283 billion.”[[#_ftn1|[1]]] That is a significant amount of money lost especially considering it is just one isolated region of America. This shows the blend between a scientific topic such as Global Climate Change, with the business world and the effects it will have on everyone’s economy.
To lessen the effects of the previously mentioned disasters looming for the northeast section of America, there are precautionary measures that can be taken. However, these measures also come with an expensive price tag. “Building protective structures along the coastline may become one option for mitigating the impacts. Constructing a sea wall and bulkhead protection for just 25% of the length of the region’s coastline would cost from around $300 million and just under $8 billion. Putting up dike or levees to protect against a one-meter rise in sea level would run from $300 million to just over $1.5 billion for a quarter of the coastline.”[[#_ftn2|1]] The estimates show that it would save money to take such precautionary measures, which will most likely decrease the death and injury toll of such occurrences as well. Along with a number of other economic priorities of Northeastern USA, an increase of water damages will cost a lot of money, with or without a preventative strategy in place.

[[#_ftnref|[1]]] The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction
A Review and Assessment by the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland, October 2007, page 17 <>

Patrick Harris January 7, 2009
Chapel Outline Global Climate Change
1. Introduction
a. Introduce our class
b. State what our class is about
2. Tell what global climate change is
a. Literally state what it is
b. Tell why global warming may not be the best term
3. Skepticism
a. Give examples that skeptics use
4. Counter
a. Show evidence to counter skeptics’ arguments
5. Evidence
a. Tell why it is happening
b. Tell how it is happening
c. Shock the crowd
6. Adjustments
a. Give ways how they can adjust their life for the better
b. How to fix the problem
c. How life will be better once the problem is at least lessened
7. Conclusion
a. End the presentation

Patrick Harris January 10, 2009
Weekly Article Global Climate Change
From Harvard, a climatic selection
John P. Holdren is a Harvard physicist was pick by president-elect Barack Obama to be his top science adviser, serving as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Obama has said that Holdren, “has been one of the most passionate and persistent voices of our time about the growing threat of climate change.” Holdren, over the years, has been known to take strong positions of controversial issues as well as constantly speaking his mind. He has openly criticized the Bush administration for manipulation and distortion of science. But he looks forward to his opportunity to work with Barack Obama, together developing the proper solutions to our environmental issues of today, mainly global climate change. In an interview following his appointment, Holdren said it is, “the biggest honor and most important thing that I’ve ever been asked to do.”

Patrick Harris January 17, 2009
Weekly Article Global Climate Change
First Solar strikes Middle East supply deal (January 15, 2009)
First Solar Inc. is a solar power technology company who yesterday agreed to a supply deal with Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. This will make them a part of the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system in the Middle East. First Solar will be supplying Masdar with 5 megawatts of its thin film solar modules. First Solar’s stock price raised 6.9% to close at $142.58 on Thursday. This is significant because this system will provide energy for Masdar City. Which is striving to be the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero waste, car-free city powered entirely by renewable energy sources. They have already began construction and expect this system to be producing power by the end of the second quarter of 2009.
Patrick Harris January 24, 2009
Weekly Article Global Climate Change
Antarctica is warming, not cooling: study (January 21, 2009)
Although many believed that Antarctica was getting colder, in reality it is warming. “Antarctica is getting warmer rather than cooling as widely believed, according to a study that fits the icy continent into a trend of global warming.” This has been a central component to the global climate change skeptics’ arguments, which is now being shown to be false. “Skeptics about man-made global warming have in the past used reports of a cooling of Antarctica as evidence to back their view that warming is a myth.” These new findings now turn into a key reason to why we need to do something to alleviate the affects of global climate change, because the warming of Antarctica can lead to catastrophic results. “Antarctica's ice contains enough frozen water to raise world sea levels by 57 meters (187 ft), so even a tiny amount of melting could threaten Pacific island states or coastal cities from Beijing to London.” As you can see, global climate change is an even bigger factor then once thought and something needs to be done before we lose a lot of important land to the rising see levels.

Patrick Harris January 14, 2009
Hot, Flat, and Crowded Global Climate Change
Main Takeaways
1) The possibly overblown increase of American security post 9/11. This is significant because it discusses whether America’s increase of security was the correct response to the attack of 9/11. Friedman acknowledges that it saves lives but also creates separatism.
2) Problems facing an exponentially growing future population, temperature increase, and an expanding middle class. New problems arise as the earth feels the repercussions of more people, hotter temperatures, and a flattening world community. These are the problems that we a global unit will have to address in the near future.
3) “America” arising across the globe and those nations not learning from our mistakes. Many developing nations across the globe are beginning to industrialize like America has done. However, they are going about it the same way that we did, which we now know is very harmful to the environment but would be very costly to go about it the more energy efficient way.
4) Oil rich nations become powerful from their resources, although they might not be the best rulers. Having such a sought after natural resource, such as oil, in your possession due to your nation’s geography can make you rich by pure luck. In oil rich nations, such as the Middle East, abuse this given power and use it in a very unproductive way that causes many problems.
5) How the earth is changing and the visible differences from the past. The vast outlook of the world shows us drastic examples of immense change over a relatively short period of time. And the changes that we have seen so far may not compare to what lies ahead of us.
6) The importance of the preservation of earth’s biodiversity. Our earth has a lot to offer, but we humans are major contributors to the extermination of many of this planet’s diverse creatures. The loss of these plants and animals may come to a huge cost to us humans, which is why we need to collectively help these creatures, instead of killing them.
7) By expanding electricity to those who are struck with energy poverty can lessen the effects of world heating, flattening, and crowding. Although blessed with the opportunity for energy living in America, there are many nations across the globe that are not equally privileged. If these nations were to become less energy poverty stricken, they would not feel those previous three problems as badly.
8) Gives examples of practical ways for us to change our lifestyles to make a positive impact. Global climate change is a very large problem facing our global community, yet it is not an irreversible one. If we able the knowledge that we know now, we have the opportunity to alleviate the affects of global climate change.

Patrick Harris January 14, 2009
Chapel Outline Global Climate Change
Group Analysis
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3) Awesome
4) Awesome
5) Very Effective
1) Original outline’s examples
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