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Trump Administration Releases Report on Climate Change

A new report on climate change released by the U.S. Government shows not only that climate change is very real but it is also going to have dire effects on our economy.

The report, which was released on Friday, was due in December but was released early as Americans were distracted by family, friends, shopping, and good food.

The report states that if the United States was unable to change its course, the economy could lose over 10% of its GDP in a worst-case scenario.

This report only comes days after a tweet from the President asking what happened to global warming after most Americans across the nation experienced record-breaking cold weather.

However, as explained in most reports, a “record-breaking weather event” like the one on Thanksgiving is nothing compared to the yearly average, which shows humans are dealing with warming conditions.

As of right now, the top countries in the world, better known as the G20, are not reaching climate targets, according to research done by Climate Transparency.

Without any serious prevention or attempts to reduce our greenhouse emissions, the average global temperatures will rise over 9 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century.

We know that rising temperatures can have negative effects on our farming production and our health. We will be unable to work some days due to temperatures being too high, which will result in deaths to the lack of food and water.

We have been taught this many times in science class, and it is up to us to make sure that our children have a planet to live on by 2100.

Global Climate Change

Most people are probably enjoying the warm and sunny weather that Radford University has been having lately. Temperatures in 60’s and 70’s, a nice bright sun to keep you warm, a cool breeze every now and again; it’s great weather for sitting on Heth lawn and relaxing. In fact, that’s what many people have been doing. We’ve had quite a few people in shorts and t-shirts (or even just shorts) outside enjoying the weather and playing games; they’ve been all over campus. The only problem is that it’s the middle of February, and the weather should be freezing with ice and snow, not warm like it’s the middle of spring. The unusual weather is due to the effects of global climate change, which is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

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“The unusual weather is due to the effects of global climate change, which is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.” Photo from: https://www.cdc.gov

Some people do not believe that this drastic change in climate is even real, despite the amount of evidence for it (1). Firstly, we need to get rid of a common misconception and frequently made argument against climate change. There is a difference between climate and weather. The weather is whether or not it is sunny or rainy outside, or warm or cold, on that specific day, while climate is part of the specific environment of an area. If you are in a desert then you have very hot temperatures, and if you are in the Artic then you have very cold temperatures. The issue is that these temperatures are steadily increasing to the point that these environments are becoming uninhabitable.

A particularly cold day or cold season does not mean that climate change is a hoax; some of the gasses that we have added to the atmosphere have created an ozone hole over the South Pole, causing that part of the stratosphere to become colder. This colder stratosphere causes faster winds that reach as far as the equator which then affect tropical circulation and rainfall (2).

Global climate change is due to the increasing emissions of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere. These gasses absorb and hold onto the heat that we receive from the sun, so the more we put into the atmosphere, the warmer our planet gets. This is a real problem; glacial ice is melting and subsequently causing sea levels to rise. This means landmasses that are close to the sea level will be wiped out. Environments are getting destroyed due to the increasing climates and sea levels. We are hurting ourselves by ignoring this issue, and something needs to be done soon before it is too late.

  1. https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
  2. https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/

Radford Diaries– a day in the life of someone who survived the flooded campus

Dear Diary,

All of last week, the sky rained down on students. Once I woke up for my 8 am class on Tuesday, I went outside without an umbrella or rain jacket. As soon as I took a step outdoors, I stepped on a deep puddle. I ran back upstairs to my room and grabbed my umbrella and my rain jacket; the necessities that you’ll need to survive this aggressive storm.

Walking to class was everyone’s worst nightmare, the entire campus was a big puddle. I was angry the whole day not understanding why the campus wasn’t closed and that I had to walk to get to class.

It was so surprising that some classes weren’t canceled, because parking lot Z and FF were closed since they were flooded. That was a huge problem for many freshmen or other students who parked there.

In addition, many roads were closed so students or faculty who commute had problems getting to campus or going back home. problems getting to campus or lot zgoing back home.

The basements of Russell and Stuart were flooded. Nobody told me that Radford experiences this kind of weather at orientation, but thankfully I had my rain boots available.

We’re expecting hurricane Joaquin, and I’m hoping that the campus will be closed, and praying we won’t lose power.

Also, next time it storms like this, everyone will be prepared and not walk outside in their sandals and shorts. I saw that happening a lot and I think it’s crazy.

A few good things that came out of this storm are that I stayed in my dorm all night and I finished a lot of my assignments and didn’t procrastinate as much as I normally do, and I have a reason to stay inside and get extra sleep.

Hope everyone stays safe and dry as we overcome this chaotic weather change!

Spring: the underrated cousin of the seasons

Summer and winter are grossly overrated. As much as I love basking in the summer sun and the fun of preparing for Christmas, spring deserves more credit than it gets.

Spring is a magical time of year. Dead grass and trees slowly begin returning to their leafy-green glory and flowers create a brilliant, colorful scene as they peek their heads out of the ground. Many poets have written about the glorious return of life during the spring — but in modern times, spring seems to be the most underrated of the seasons.

Spring is also a wonderful time for self-transformation. As we shed our heavy winter coats and begin to sport sandals and shorts, we can also grasp the opportunity to make changes and grow in our lives. Spring cleaning has become one of my new favorite yearly rituals. I recently felt an enormous amount of stress due to school. I would sit in my room for hours looking at the mess of papers, trash and old clothes I never wear any more. So, I started to clean. I filled a large storage container with things I didn’t need or want anymore, and prepared it to be donated to Goodwill. As I packed those things away and removed them from my room, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

Just as leaves fall off trees in the fall and grow back in the spring, I believe people go through similar seasons. We end the year with New Year’s resolutions, start fresh and grow as people. It’s easy to feel lost at the beginning of a calendar year as you set new goals and prepare to make changes, but in the spring, those changes can be seen and felt as they emerge from within ourselves.

Although I literally shed the weight of extra items in my room, many of the changes spring can bring are intangible. Perhaps you started a new skill and were just losing faith in your abilities- spring is a wonderful time to hone those skills and begin to see results. Maybe it’s just because I grew up in Florida and am inspired more by the sun than the cold of winter, but something about the warmth of spring seems to kick us into gear as we make changes.

There’s a reason many DIY and at-home projects are started in the spring- it’s because everything’s fresh. Just as nature is replenished and things grow, we find ourselves wanting to do the same.

Spring is an exciting time of year. No matter how much you love winter, after the holidays it’s easy to yearn for warm weather again. This year, as the tulips begin to bloom, take time to think about the changes you want to make and start taking steps toward reaching those goals.

Stranded in ice

You’re stranded upon a highway, becoming more nervous with each new layer of snow that covers the pavement.

Ahead, police officers are flagging drivers to move forward carefully around two cars in a ditch. Suddenly, as you move into another lane at a higher speed, your car slides and rams into another car. Late for class and with substantial damage to your car, you question whether  it was the right decision to commute to school.

This is one situation of many that cause concern for students, faculty, university employees and family members as a decision to brave the weather is made. However, given the variety of circumstances in which Radford University’s associates and the city find themselves, this can prove difficult.

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“‘The safety of Radford students, instructors, and university employees is paramount,” said Carpenter.” Photo By: Caroline Leggett

 

Joe Carpenter, vice president for University Relations and chief communications officer at RU places prevention as the number one concern during hazardous seasons. “The safety of Radford students, instructors, and university employees is paramount,” said Carpenter.

There are no certainties with weather, however, certain precautions are placed to predict cause and effect. According to Carpenter, three main groups at Radford collect data and make decisions.

The first organization is the Office of Emergency Preparedness, which has subscriptions to weather services. According to Carpenter, when further information is needed, the OEP contacts regional and state planning offices for guidance.

Because police officers are often required to be on scene before and during dangerous situations, the university also reaches out to the  university and local police departments if necessary.

For a direct link to the state of campus, Facilities Management also gathers data involved with the current and potential weather. “They are responsible for keeping sideways and roadways clear,” said Carpenter. In addition, this department looks at commuters, faculty and employees at RU to ensure they’re able to travel as safely as possible.

Nearby colleges such as Virginia Tech are also contacted in order to further prepare Radford University. Since this university is particularly close, officials at RU are aware of the connections of its personnel with Virginia Tech. “We may have folks at Radford who have spouses or friends who work there,” said Carpenter.

Once RU feels confident with their decision, it’s relayed through the appropriate channels. The information is immediately forwarded to all personnel . “University Relations sends email to faculty, employees, social media and local media,” said Carpenter.

With the prediction of at least eight inches of snow for the Radford region, Carpenter stated yesterday was a good example of how the University dissects and reacts to information. “We were given 24 hours in advance, so we monitored what could happen and predict what might arrive,” said Carpenter. Radford subsequently decided to delay opening until 11 a.m.

According to Carpenter, the decision was made that morning and then dispensed afterwards. “We knew there wasn’t going to be additional snow, so Radford then estimated how long it would take to clear everything,” said Carpenter. For the sheer amount of students who commute from distant locations, commuter safety was a major factor in the decision.

Once this information is made available to as many as possible, the university then figures out how to recover. Clearing roadways and sidewalks is essential during this process.

Especially during the latter part of each semesterwhen preparation for final exams occursthe need to attend class might cause students to risk their well-being.

Radford University is all too aware of this possibility, and has forces in place to ensure safety is upheld.

RU Home for the Summer: Roanoke, Va.

I love Roanoke, but I can’t say it’s particularly interesting.

Roanoke is strange in that combines a dense population one normally associates with cities and a conspicuous lack of smog.

Roanoke isn’t the most beautiful place to live, but it’s not the ugliest. It’s not the least polluted, and it’s not the most polluted by any stretch of the imagination. Honestly, the appropriate word seems to be “boring.” You’re more likely to find a church than you are to find a decent bar or club to spend your weekends at, and while no one could call Roanoke a “sleepy” city, its energy cannot and will not rival metropolises like Chicago or Richmond. It’s a little middling — not an escape from anything, not a shot of adrenaline, just … normal. Boring. Continue reading RU Home for the Summer: Roanoke, Va.

Radford’s bipolar weather

Here at Radford University we want to see blue skies and yet, most of what we have seen lately is gray, cloudy, cold winter-like days.

Do you ever get unmotivated to go to class and just want to sleep all day? I feel that sentiment. Lately I’ve seen winter and spring weather that just boggles me. Almost two weeks ago, we had a beautiful Saturday, nice enough to go fishing, and then the following day involved sledding. What’s the deal with that? The weather just can’t seem to make up its mind and April 4 was a perfect example. It’s April now, so doesn’t that mean “April showers bring the May flowers”? I thought they meant rain showers, not snow showers. Continue reading Radford’s bipolar weather

Price gouging: Heartless or helpful?

In the wake of natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes, supply chains are often disrupted, keeping adequate levels of essential items like batteries, water, generators and gasoline from reaching those affected. After “Superstorm Sandy,” this is the case for New Jersey, where there are reports of rising prices on these essential items. Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, warned businesses about the repercussions of engaging in such activities and vowed to take decisive legal action against those engaging in such practices. Continue reading Price gouging: Heartless or helpful?

Is your boyfriend addicted to video games?

This is for all the guys who pay more attention to their game systems than their girlfriends. As someone who plays video games, I’ve been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 almost religiously for a year now, and I understand wanting to blow off others when you prestige or forget to text back when you are really into a game. But, that does not change the fact that your girlfriends are living, breathing people. True, they don’t have cool attachments like silencers or RPGs, but they have feelings. If they are ignored, it is not going to go over well for your relationship or your sex life. What girl wants to be with a guy who pays more attention to his video game than her? Not many.

Take some time to talk to her. If you play for two hours as opposed to seven hours then maybe you will actually leave your room and realize, “Hey, it’s raining outside.” Aside from knowing the weather, seeing the blue sky that isn’t behind a window is a plus. People need attention, and even if your girlfriend seems ok with you playing all the time, I can guarantee there are some times when she wants to see you without a controller in hand.

There are the few girls that are really ok with just watching you play. I am one that actually enjoys watching people play video games. However, take her out some time, talk to her while she’s sitting there. Heck, let her play sometimes. She may be absolutely terrible, but if you are that worried about your record then you need to go on “Intervention.” Relationships are very fragile things. If she isn’t happy with an aspect of your relationship that is a large part of your life, a.k.a. video games, then you are not going to last very long.

If you really don’t care about her then go ahead and ignore her until she dumps you and you can have all the time in the world to play Halo: Reach or Black Ops when it comes out. But if you really like her, make the effort to connect with her and talk to her. Playing video games sometimes is ok. Playing all the time is really unhealthy. I can guarantee that she will not care that you have seven seconds left and it takes five to plant the bomb, or that the score is three to three and you are the last one left against six other people. So turn off the console, get off your 10th prestige level 70 butt, take a shower, change your clothes and pay attention to something other than your TV screen.