Global Weirdness: Book Review: Global Weirdness

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Global Weirdness is a relatively easy read that is focused on the effects of global warming. The title “global weirdness” is incredibly appropriate for it is not just about global warming, but also the other “weird” factors that are occur as well; for instance, relentless droughts, rising seas, severe storms, deadly heat waves, and water movements are just a few to name. The book is consisted of four parts with sixty, short chapters and an epilogue. The first part is entitled “What the science says”, and explains the facts about global warming; our current knowledge, the cause and how. Part II “What’s actually happening” focuses on what is happening presently. The third part “What’s likely to happen in the future” is about the future, the …show more content…
Before any human influences, carbon dioxide that entered the atmosphere was almost removed naturally through processes at the same rate. The great oceans, plants, and the act of mineral conversion, are just a few processes to name. Now, factor in human influences, and the burning of fossil fuels accelerates that carbon input, and the those natural processes cannot keep up. Especially not with deforestation, an act that uproots and destroys ecosystems, along with killing many trees in the process. Killing the trees prematurely immediately releases the carbon dioxide normally meant for storage, and allows the carbon that should have been absorbed by said flora to be left in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide can affect the oceans, not just with rising, but with the levels of acidity as well. With this rising level of acidity, coral and mollusks grow throw calcium carbonate reefs and shells slower in more acidic environments; the higher the acidity the more easier it is for shells to dissolve. This enviable progression, if not stopped, could lead to a mass extinction of a vital component to the oceanic food web. There is evidence of positive and negative feedback, and then there are some cases in which scientists can not discern in which way a source will go …show more content…
Human influences are unpredictable, and the aftereffects will take time to change. The final “Can we avoid the risks of climate change” explores the options in which less fossil fuels are emitted, and more recyclable material is utilized, and gives us other alternative for sources of energy from wind to geothermal to geo-engineering. The costs for their alternative energy sources does tend to be an issue for some consumers, but if we were to increase fossil fuel prices and in turn make cheapest option the alternative, then more people would

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