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NASA: 2014 Continues Long-Term Global Warming

NASA initially claimed that according to their readings, 2014 was the warmest year since 1880. There was a video that showed time progression of the recorded temperature changes from 1880. The blue colors indicate cool weather and the red colors indicate the warm weather. As the video finished it can be noted that the blue colors are almost non-existent, while the red colors dominated the globe. This only means that the Earth has indeed gone very warm and 2014 can indeed be the warmest year on record.

The warming estimation was perform by the NASA laboratory under the name GISS or the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The NASA scientists are expecting that the Earth’s temperature are going to continue to fluctuate, which could mean that 2015 may not be as warm as 2014, or it could be warmer. One thing is sure though, the world has surely warmed up since 1880 by up to 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.8 degrees Celsius.

Another fact that cannot be questioned is that the main reason for the global warming is the sad case of non-stop greenhouse gas emission. The phenomenon of the deadly emissions can only be blamed to humanity. And although efforts are being undertaken, the effects have resulted to extreme climate change, which is evident through global warming.

As mentioned in the video description, the analysis given from GISS was gathered from the measurements in temperature from 6,300 weather stations from around the world, as well as temperature readings from buoy-based, ship-based ocean and from the Antarctic research stations.

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The NASA Video

The national climate monitoring groups from all over the world have given their readings to the GISS and the result indicated that 2014 was the warmest year on record. The video released by NASA showed that from 1880, the Earth has been suffering from continued warming.

Reactions to the NASA Video

The video has received varied reactions from different people. There are some who said that global warming is true and 2014 is indeed the warmest year since 1880. Others though mentioned that the video description is ancient, as global warming is not being used today, climate change is the term in trend today.

Basically though, there is not much difference between global warming and climate change. Global warming just happens to be the more specific term as it refers to the increasing average temperature of the planet due to greenhouse emissions the build up in the atmosphere. Simply put, global warming causes climate change.

As the Earth goes warmer due to global warming, the rainfall patterns will change, there will be rising sea levels and all living things are going to experience all the negative impacts. When scientists discuss climate change, their main concern is generally about global warming being caused by human activities.

One observation is that no one knows for sure what the exact global temperature is. It can only be theorized that the measurements and the algorithms can provide the best estimates. To properly perform thermal surveys though, it is important to utilize advanced technology.

NASA Retracts Original Claim

According to NASA scientists, 2014 was the warmest recorded year since 1880. They were so sure about that before questions were raised. Now, the agency has retracted that claim and they are saying they were actually only 38 percent positive about their initial claim.

The previous title holders for the warmest years were 2005 and 2010. Compared to those years, 2014 was indeed warmer, but does that make it the warmest? The average earth temperature after all, has not significantly changed in the past decade.

Arguments on the NASA Video

Experts differ in their opinions regarding the significance of the NASA claim. However, it was noted that there is some doubt that the rapid warming experienced in the 1980s and 1990s has slowed down. The video was very clear; the red colors have dominated the globe. Thus, it can only mean that global warming is real, and that is one fact that cannot be denied despite the fact that there is an on-going argument if 2014 is indeed the warmest year since 1880.

Many people are not inclined to trust the NASA video and they want accurate facts. But, is it really possible to have the exact measurements. Are the red colors not enough to prove that 2014 was indeed the warmest year since 1880? They may not be any exact measurement and GISS can only provide estimates from gathered data, but it is still a fact that the Earth’s atmosphere is indeed getting warmer and not cooler.

Conclusion:

Global warming has not been stopped, and that is despite the continued efforts to save the environment. It is sad to note that the impact has already been there and the Earth’s atmosphere has been overloaded with poisonous emissions caused by humanity.

The NASA video can be taken as it is and can also be questioned. The main idea behind it was to inform the public about global warming and how it looks like. If 2014 is indeed the warmest year, following 2005 and 2010, then it can only be concluded that 2015 may not be the next warmest as 2006 to 2009, and then 2011 to 2013 are slightly cooler years.

With such statement comes hope, that maybe all the efforts to save the environment can indeed save humanity and the world. It is important to keep in mind that NASA and other agencies can only give the measurements and the estimates. They can also only claim that a year is warmest because of the data they have gathered. They cannot save the Earth; this task is for the humans to perform.

The Earth’s atmosphere is significantly getting warmer due to human emissions. That means if humanity can make the earth warm, it can also make it cooler. This is where sustainable living comes in. It is after all, one of the most positive solutions to lessen global warming so that climate change can be avoided.

Go For Green Buildings and Reap Environmental, and Social Benefits

  [dropcap]S[/dropcap]ustainability is something that is taking the world by storm. That is one fact that cannot be denied. Sustainable buildings are being planned and constructed almost anywhere because more and more people have realized the benefits they can enjoy from such structures.

Construction of green buildings requires the cooperation of contractors, engineers and architect in co-creating these structures with the environment. When you look closer into the idea of building sustainable structures you will realize as well that it is a way of respecting nature and its natural resources. The entire process is focused on making use of sustainable materials and renewable energy, as well in ensuring proper site development, water conservation and overall indoor and outdoor environmental quality. The benefits provided by a sustainable building are generally categorized into three divisions: environmental, economical and social.

Environmental Benefits

The main purpose behind construction of sustainable building is to effectively preserve the environment in order to avoid the exhaustion of Earth’s natural resources. If sustainable substitutions are created throughout every segment of the project’s development it provides the following environmental benefits:

Protection of the Ecosystem

Use of renewable energy sources and initiatives on efficiency lessen the anthropogenic contributions to damaging global climate change; as well reduce emissions that put human health and air quality into compromise.

Reduced Emissions

Reduction of hazardous emissions are achieved in building green buildings through utilization less environmentally destructive materials and reduced fossil fueled electricity dependence.

Water Conservation

This is achieved effectively through recycling rainwater that can yield significant water supplies. Sustainable building promotes storm water management that includes the processes of harvesting and redirection that eventually can reduce flooding and erosion.

Conservation and Restoration of Natural Resources

Without the need for usage of fossil energy resources, natural resources are effectively conserved and restored.

Waste Reduction

The growing efforts to use the deconstruction method, instead of the demolition method allows for more people to massively reduce waste production. It has been proven that if buildings are deconstructed million tons of debris will be effectively diverted from landfills. Deconstruction means doing a selective dismantlement of the components of the buildings, for recycling, re-use, and proper waste management. Deconstruction significantly differs from demolition, wherein a site is totally cleared of the building by the most convenient methods.