Climate Change, What’s Happening?



Emily McKinnon, Opinion Editor

Just recently our weather has gone from an extremely hot summer to a frigid cold winter, the news reports might as well have said “Its time to put the flip flops in storage and pull out the big winter coats”. The Tri-Cities jumped from 90 degrees all the way down to the 40 degree range in about a week or so. It’s hard to say who or what is to blame for this such abrupt climate change, but it is not making a lot of people very happy. Even on one of the cold days the Tri-Cities experienced a slight down fall of snow, oddly that has yet to happen since.

According to one of Kamiakins science teacher Mr. McLeod, “It is hard to say that it is more hot because of global warming or more cold because of global warming”. Also stated by Mr. McLeod about the movement of the sudden cold temperatures, that the “cold weather band is normally further up north but moves downward”. The only problem with that is, why did it move so fast compared to normal? What had caused the band to fall at such a rapid speed? Why is it already hitting a low of 25 degrees only a couple weeks after summer?

The climate NASA Government website had a more in depth scientific explanation on how the change in climate occurs. “Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earths orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives” and a quote from the intergovernmental panel on climate change states that “scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal”. This all means that there is no doubt in the scientific evidence of the climate system.

What can we do about the drastic climate change? What are some things we are doing that is maybe making the climate change even more drastic and harmful too us in the near future?