Please help with answering the following questions and you may also cite passages from the book to support your thoughts.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe, by Elizabeth Kolbert
1. The first major report to definitively conclude that continued increases in carbon dioxide emissions would result in climate change was released by the National Academy of Sciences in 1979. In 1980, Dr. James Hansen, climatologist with NASA, spoke before Congress to warn and ask for actions in regard to climate change. Why do you think it is taking so long for politicians and the general public to become alarmed about this issue?
2. When did you first hear about climate change?
3. When did you first start to worry about it (if you are concerned about it)?
4. The average global temperature has increased 0.8oC (1.4oF). Is this enough to have any effects on ecosystems, humans, and other species? If so, what are some of the present effects?
5. In order to prevent large-scale and widespread animal/plant extinctions, are you willing to take on some of the cost (in terms of effort and finances)? What are at least four things can you do to help slow climate change?
6. How could you encourage your community, state, and country to address and respond to climate change?
7. Would you be willing to pay more for your energy and power if it meant the avoidance of fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants that generate most of our electricity?
8. What are some problems with switching to electric cars?
9. What are some problems associated with our diving into using ethanol fuel as an alternative to gasoline?
10. From what you’ve learned from reading Kolbert’s book and from other sources, do you feel you can make a difference? Do you feel inspired at all to act by teaching others and becoming a “greener” person? Or are you perhaps unconvinced about the reality or seriousness of climate change?
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