ENVS 203 Climate Change and Society Questions
As the greenhouse gases accumulate, and the atmosphere warms up, one would expect a gradual, even warming of the whole globe. It’s not what happens: some areas warm more quickly than others and warming is uneven over time. Oceans play a big role in this pattern; please explain how. In your explanation, make sure to use the concepts you have learned in class.
Question 2 3 pts
List three different sources (not three variations of the same type, please) of carbon dioxide.
Question 3 4 pts
Methane is a greenhouse gas. How does that phenomenon work? In other words, what does a methane molecule do to warm up the atmosphere?
Question 6 3 pts
One of the consequences of climate change is the rise of sea levels. What factors explain this? (If one of the things you mention is ice melt, be specific about what kind of ice).
Question 8 2 pts
Black-throated green warblers will start nesting around here in about a month. The main food they use to raise their chicks is caterpillars. The emergence of these caterpillars is slowly arriving earlier in the spring, which could become a problem for the warblers if their chick-rearing period and peak caterpillar times are not in synch anymore. What is the name of this issue?
Question 9 4 pts
Imagine that the town of Corning decides to develop a climate change response plan. Their concerns center on the predicted increase in the number of days with extreme heat, and the increase in high precipitation events which would result in more flooding along the Chemung River.
What are your suggestions to include in their response plan, in the mitigation section?
Question 10 4 pts
Second part of the question above: in your response plan for the town of Corning…
What are your suggestions for the adaptation section?