The little journalists searched and found...
The students talk about global warming, the greenhouse effect, what causes them and their consequences to peoples' health.
Just like little journalists, they got informed through scientific magazines and newspaper articles. They gathered information and answers like the ones that follow:
- Although it may not have directly been perceived or realized by people, climate change and global warming have already started, creating enough problems and increasing the severity of weather phenomena.
2. According to a research carried out by Berkeley University in California, the Earth's temperature has been increased by 1,5 Celsius degrees, since the late 19th century.
3. The largest part of global warming started in the 1960s, which is shown on this map and it reveals the most vulnerable areas in our planet. Actually, few areas, closer to Antarctic, have frozen more since the 1960s, whereas, some parts of the Arctic have warmed up, up to 15 degrees.
4. The natural cycle of climate explains why the increase of temperature has occurred unevenly and spasmodically. During the last half century, it has coincided with increαse in carbon dioxide emissions from our rapidly industrialised world.
5. Floods are usual in November because this month is one of the rainiest months throughout the year. Some of their features though, like tension, allows us to to connect these phenomena with climate change.
6. Our students, because of the floods that have lately taken place in Greece, and more particularly in Mandra (photo), which resulted in many people losing their lives and their belongings, they got troubled, talked about it and connected this phenomenon with climate change.
Conclusion: the challenge our scientists have to face for the next half century, is to find a way to stop carbon dioxide emissions, and therefore, climate change.