Documentary Reflection (Chasing Ice).docx

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redesigned, then the cameras placed once again, and another season waited before success was found. After years of collecting photos, the results were shocking. The melting of the glaciers was evident as some had recessions of several miles, more in a few years than could have ever
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A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS OF CHASING ICE 3 happened naturally historically. Having severe knee issues, Balog presents these findings while his team continues to document the glaciers, especially now how much they are calving, or losing large pieces. The Ethics of Climate Change One major thing that Balog and his team advocate is that the melting of these glaciers is extremely expedited by anthropogenic actions, and there is supple evidence to support this claim. To begin, we can look at the ice cores. Each layer in a core contains atmospheric particles, most notably carbon dioxide, from a time period, and these can be measured and compared. Natural variation does occur, but the most recent layers show more carbon dioxide than ever natural historically. This would be the result of humans’ extreme burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In addition to this, some glaciers, such as the Greenland Ice Sheet, are covered in cryoconite. Cryoconite is a mixture of natural dust and carbon particles from the atmosphere that accumulate in the holes of the ice, trap heat, and promote more melting. This powdery mixture is such a problem because of the increased carbon humans put into the atmosphere. The consequences of human influence are already becoming evident: larger glacier recession, calving increased in frequency and size, intensified storms and droughts, and therefore intensified fires. I don’t find it possible to deny, based on this evidence, that climate change is caused by anthropogenic actions.
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