Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fatal Heat in the Persian Gulf

Article Written by:                                                                                                                      Brandon Miller, CNN Meteorologist on CNN Space and Science
Date article was written: Wed October 20, 2015

Too Hot to Live?
Brandon Miller came upon a study which grimly predicts fatal temperatures in the Middle Persian Gulf and Middle East. According to the study, temperatures will continue to rise because of global warming. As it gets hotter, something bad happens to humans who are outside for six hours, If the temperature reaches 30 degrees celsius (95 degrees fahrenheit). After six hours of being outside, that temperature is fatal because when human sweat evaporates, it will no longer cool your body off. This might happen by 2100 because of rising global temperatures. However, there is still hope to reduce greenhouse gasses and possibly save the Middle East.
I chose this article because people continue to drive and generally don’t bike in my town. This is bad because it releases lots of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The people who are most likely to be affected are companies that produce high greenhouse gas emissions, like oil companies. Oils companies are very concentrated in the Middle East areas Many of these companies are based in the Middle East. But what is ironic is that these companies actually the reason that the Persian Gulf is ‘overheating’.This is bad for the companies, but is good because it will force them to lower their emissions: people are going to probably start shutting down their operation as global temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions. This article affects me because I ride a bus or car almost every day. Overall, this will really make people stop and think about global warming.
My personal reaction to this is shock. People are trying to reduce greenhouse gasses, but I didn’t realize it would be too hot to live in the Middle East/Persian gulf area by 2100! I think this article might be a bit too exaggerated. I find it hard to believe that the Persian Gulf will be unlivable in 84 years. I think that most people around the world will start to stop and think about global warming, scientists and activists will rally and stop greenhouse gas emissions. I don't think that temperatures will possibly reach unlivable temperatures in 84 years. I think that there is an 90% chance that people will stop greenhouse gas emissions. I think that this article is in between pessimistic and optimistic, but mostly pessimistic. The author has the feeling that there is hope, but he is really negative opinion about the heat. He says things like, “it will literally become unlivable” and  ”and the most extreme days could exceed the lethal value of 35°C.”-Brandon Miller. Also, he said things like “All is not doom and gloom in the study, however.” I still think he is more pessimistic about the subject, but I am still optimistic. All of this news is bad, but the one pro is that it will make people all over the world think about global warming. Another thing that I noticed about Brandon’s writing is that he used the word climate change and global temperatures more often than the commonly used term global warming. I also noticed that Brandon wrote the article by describing the study, not writing the article as a study,so he didn’t use many scientific terms. Also, Brandon Miller wrote in a highly interesting way, and made me more concerned about “global temperatures.”

In all, I really think we should stop and think about what Brandon Miller has to say about global warming, and maybe even do something about it.
-Camden Olson

Here is a picture from the study that Miller based his thoughts around. See how the Persian Gulf gets hotter and hotter? The panels show how time progresses, and the hotter it gets, it gets more green, than orange, than red, then purple. The report is all in celsius.

Link to the article

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