Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day 5

Problem: The problem is that burning fossil fuel and clearing forests is increasing the Earth's temperature.

Statistics: There are many stats that support global warming. One stat is that the number of category four and five hurricanes has doubled in the past 30 years. Another stat is that Malaria is reaching new altitudes like 7,000ft. A third stat is that 279 species of plants and animals are moving closer to the poles.

Evidence: There is a lot of evidence that supports global warming. Another piece of evidence is that the flow of warm ocean currents towards Northwest Europe has declined by 30% since the 1950s. Another piece of evidence that supports global warming is that researchers have found a 50% increase in currents circulating within subtropical seas without researching higher latitudes. That is more warm waters are staying put in the tropics.

Examples and References: There are many examples and references that support global warming. One example is that Cyclone Larry is a category 5 storm with wind bursts that reached 180mph developed through out Northeast Australia. Another example that supports global warming is the firestorms in Indonesia which were caused by the fires started by a drought that swept through the island nation. Another example that supports global warming is the sections of ice breaking off in the Arctic Circle and in Antarctica. Hurricane Katrina and the devastation in New Orleans are related to global warming.

Solution: There are many things that can be done to solve global warming. One solution is to use energy more efficiently. Another solution is to watch what you eat because agriculture is one of the leading producers of greenhouse gas emissions and the emissions contribute to global warming. Another way to reduce global warming is to reduce the miles you drive and to keep your car tuned up. Some more solutions to global warming are to conserve and protect our forests and to encourage the switch to renewable energy. If we don't stop now it could be too late.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Day 3

1. State the problem: Students have too much homework at Tartan High School.

2. Give evidence: Some nights homework can last me from 3:00 to 10:00 depending on the workload. For example, when I have a had more than one project due at the same time in different classes. Teachers are also having trouble correcting all of the homework because they give so much do to to the change to the 6 period day. Many students also agree with me that we receive to much homework.

3. Examine contributing factors: Advanced classes. The 6 period day. My personality of striving to do my best.

4. Propose a solution: Plan my evenings better and accept some things as good enough. Don't waste any time and try to avoid interruptions.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day 1

If my family wanted to spend more time together but we could not agree on what activities to do I would have everyone pick some activities they would like to do. Then we would switch every time alternating back and forth between each others activities until we could agree on some activities that we would all want to do. My family and I could set aside a specific time and date each week when we should spend the time and where we should spend the time. I would make everybody commit to the activity unless something important came up.