Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Day Eight - Problem/Solution Outline


Attention-getter: _The large amount of greenhouse gases being emitted into our atmosphere is destroying the Earth.

The U.S. has a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Scientists’ records have shown an increase in the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. Predictions state that CO2 emissions will increase 33.6% from the year 2000 to the year 2020. We are the largest contributer to greenhouse gasses. Cars, mining, and cow manure all release gas into the air. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions is too high, and will eventually cause large change in our atmosphere. This will really hurt the Earth. We can stop it by reducing the amounts of greenhouse gases we release into our atmosphere everyday.


The amount of atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases has increased largly over the last decade. This caused from burning fossil fuels. Everyday things release greenhouse gases. Scientists from the National Climatic Data Center state that the temperature of Earth is consistently heating up at a rate of 5.4 to 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit per century.

A lot of the reason greenhouse gases are such an issue is because of things we do. Fuel for cars are pollutants to our air. Still, cars are obviously essential to transportation. The demand for driving cars everyday is high, but they hurt the atmosphere and we should get hybrids instead. Cows are also a large part of our society. Their manure releases methane into the atmosphere.

Electricity is inevitably going to be in our lives, and it really should be. There is such a high need for electricity, thats its unavoidable. But that doesn't mean that we can't do something about it, and reduce the amount we use. The mining of coal releases a large amount of gases into the atmosphere. High amounts of methane hurt the environment. Landfall decomposition is also a large contributer to the release of methane.


The Earth’s atmosphere is being destroyed due to the extremely high amounts of greenhouse gases. There is a definate increase in the amounts of these greenhouse gasses. If nothing is done, by either changing daily procedures like driving and heating, then we will soon face some serious consequences. The high amounts of greenhouse gases being released needs to be reduced or our planet Earth will be destroyed.Soceity needs to wake up. People could also start buying environment friendly vehicles to reduce the amount of electricity they use. If we don’t reduce the amounts of gases being released, Earth will soon be destroyed.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day Five - Worldwide Climate Problem/Solution

You may choose your role to be of someone who is an alarmist in the area of Global Climate Change. Alarmists wish to alarm individuals that something is imminent and dangerous. They feel action needs to be taken immediately on a problem or warn the problem could be severely escalated, harmful or even deadly.

Some of the top climate scientists are worried about harsh climate changes. They think that there is global warming throughout Earth, which is an average increase in the Earth's temperature. These scientists have come to conclusion that people do things to cause this global warming. Certain gasses emitted into the air that cause the climate to heat up are known as greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere. These gases are needed to keep the climate warm, but if too many greenhouse gases are released into the air it could heat up the Earth too much. Some scientists and people believe that if we don't act on this problem now, the climate will heat up drastically throughout the next 100 years, disturbing sea-levels, human health, crops, and weather everywhere. People want the government to take costly actions now to lower the amount of gas emitted into the atmosphere to prevent future damage. Reduction in the amount of pollution will save money. Less pollution means people spending less money on gas for their cars, or other greenhouse gas emitting things. Volcanoes let off halide acid, which damages the ozone layer. The ozone layer protects the Earth from direct sunlight, without the ozone layer the Earth would be destroyed by the sun. Burning coal and oil put twice as much CO2 into the air than at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The climate is heating up, the ozone layer is being destroyed and people need to take action now.

A major problem causing the environment to warm up is greenhouse gases being emitted into the air. Greenhouse gases are gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, hydroflourocarbons, nitrous oxide, and methane. These gases are harmful to the Earth's atmosphere, and they increase the heat of the Earth's climate. This is a problem because if the climate is heated up too much ocean levels will rise. It will disrupt human health and ecosystems.

Evidence can be found on the U.S. Climate Report at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/downloads/ch5.pdf. It shows that the amount of atmospheric CO2 (carbon dioxide) and other greenhouse gases has dramatically increased over the last decade. The report predicts that CO2 emissions will increase 33.6% from the year 2000 to the year 2020. Scientists use weather balloons that float high in the air to track information about the weather. These balloons have recorded increase temperatures. Scientists from the National Climatic Data Center state that the temperature of Earth is consistently heating up at a rate of 5.4 to 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit per century. The temperatures are increasing because of the increased amounts of greenhouse gases emitted into the air that were recorded in the Climate Report from http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/downloads/ch5.pdf. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, warming the climate.

Contributing Factors:
Greenhouses gases are commonly emitted into the air. Daily procedures let off these gases into the atmosphere. The mining of coal, decomposing of landfills, and manure management contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. These are things people do everyday in the world. Mining needs to be done, but it let's off methane into the air. Landfills and manure also give off methane. Gasoline and diesel fuels are pollutants when let off into the air. These gases are used in cars and trucks, which are needed daily. Many of these common needs must be done, but they contribute to the destruction of the Earth's atmosphere.

A solution to this problem is to find more efficient, less polluting forms of technology to do these common procedures. People could cut back on uses of gas emitting products. They could also by advanced, environment helping vehicles such as solar cars. Getting the information about greenhouse gases and the damage it can cause out to people will also start to solve this problem. If people are informed, they may start taking action by cutting back on pollution.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Day Three - Problem At Tartan

The passing time between classes has been shortened this year which resulted in more tardies. The passing time needs to be longer in order to reduce the high tardy counts. Charlie, a senior at Tartan High School, says that he's tardy at least once every couple of days because of the shortened passing time. The excessive number of tardies shows that there is not enough time between classes. Sitting in class, I notice more kids than last year trickling in to class after the bell. Some students think that passing time is for talking to friends and hanging around in the hallway. I see many groups of kids standing in the halls when they should be heading off to class. Some classes are far away from each other, so it's hard to stop at your locker and make it to the next class. These reasons contribute to why students get so many tardies. There are more than one ways to fix this problem. One way is that the time between classes could be lengthened. Another way is that students could stop chatting with friends in the hall way and walk quicker to their classroom. Students could also bring the books they need for several classes with them at one time.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day One - Problem Solution Analysis

A family wants to spend more time together, but no one can agree on the types of activities to do. Each person probably has a busy schedule and different interests. The family could sit down and choose a day of a week to spend time together. They could make a chart that lists what activity they will be doing together that week. Each person in the family could get to decide what they will be doing on some of the weeks. The family can draw names for the order that the activities get to be chosen. Each family member could pick an activity they enjoy for their week. The members could do the things that everyone else loves in their family.

RAFT Assignment

In Katherine Kersten's article, she explains how children in society today are rude and demanding. I somewhat agree with her. Many kids are extremely rude to everyone around them, but there are also many kids who are polite. Kersten claims that children who are disruptive are that way because their parents didn't not say "no" enough. This is true, but you also have to take in other considerations such as their personalities, the type of people they live with, or life experiences that make them that way. Saying "no" to children all the time won't make them perfectly polite. Kersten's solution to this problem is to make the children realize they can't always have what they want.

I think that it is going to take more than just constantly telling a child "no" to get them to behave. Adults and teenagers around children should always be good role models. Kids look up to older people, especially teenagers, so showing them how to be polite would help them. Denying children what they want will help, but only a small bit. Kids need to be taught proper etiquette at a young age. Families should also demonstrate how to be polite so that children can grow up that way. All of those methods should be used to teach children the correct way to behave.