The Real Unknown

In The Real Unknown of Climate Change: Our Behavior author Justin Gillis of the New York Times talks about how climate change has unknown factors.  Gillis takes us through a number of conversations about how we need to really start focusing on our carbon emissions, which is what we are also covering in our class right now.  Gillis talks about how we as a nation and people need to lessen our amount of carbon emissions so that we are able to slow the heating of the Earth and really work on the already happening climate change.  Gillis talks about how many American politicians have referred to climate change, however, none of them want to claim it or give much evidence for it.  A major issue that he brought up was that many politicians claim that we simply don’t know enough about the human effects on climate change to make any major changes to it.  Gillis talks about how this is not true and that there are many things that scientists know about that can help up to change our emissions output and better our environment.  Throughout the article Gillis is urging his readers to really think about this and be able to ask questions about what we do know about climate change.  He never says that we know everything, if fact he says that many scientists will urge you not to listen to anyone who does, but what is know is easy and accessible information that everyone can use to make better choices for the environment.  For instance, in the article, there is proven facts that there are effects going on all over the planet but many scientists can’t forecast what will happen fifty to a hundred years in the future in a specific part of the world. While many of the argument that Gillis is trying to make I think that the article really just asks you to call attention to your own actions and to learn more about how your own emissions are effecting our planet.

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