Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day 5

Global Climate Issue


The total amount of Earth's ice has been melting and is increasingly decreasing in size in different parts of the world.


Studies have shown liable evidence that repeats itself in different parts of the world. According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, Greenland melted 53 cubic miles of its ice sheet into the sea in 2005. Scientists from the University College of London reported that the Antarctic ice sheet lost 31 cubic kilometers from 1992-1999. Shepard, one of the scientists, stated that this uniform decrease in the Antarctic ice sheet had been steady for eight years before 2001. Philip Mote of University of Washington found that snowpacks in Washington, CA, and Oregon are only fractions of what they were in the '40's, and some aren't even there at all.

Contributing Factors:

Global warming in general is a main factor that contributes to the decline in Earth's ice mass. There are other specific factors that do help speed the process. The decline of ice sheet on the Earth's two poles leaves more sun energy that is not reflected and ends up being absorbed by the Earth's oceans. Warmer waters help speed the process of the ice melting. Also, when the Antarctic and Artic sheets are thawed, they release gases of methane and CO2 from millions of years ago. When the ice melts from them, the gases released in turn help speed the process of global warming in the atmosphere and ultimately decrease the Earth's ice mass.

Possible Solutions:

There are many things that can effect global warming and in turn help slow the process. The main thing to pull out of the effecting chain would be the high amount of industrial gases that are released into the atmosphere. This is the main problem, but there are many connecting contributors. Plastic, rubber, and other synthetic materials could be recycled instead of burned. More fuel-efficient cars could be produced and approved for better gas exhaust conditions. More electric items could be used in the home to remove the use of coal and oil. More subway systems and bus routes could be made to stop the overuse of cars.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Day 3 - Late Due to Computer Specialness

1.) Problem: Some Tartan highschoolers show a trend of bad grades.
2.) Evidence: Grade slips, grades posted, teacher feedback of general grades in class, failing students, unhappy parent-teacher conferences.
3.) Contributing factors: lack of motivation, misbehavior, not turning in assignments, being tardy, failing tests, not studying
4.) Solution: use a planner, meet with a teacher to discuss grades, find out about extra credit possibilities, find a different route to class, do not talk in class, schedule homework time, make a plan for studying.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day 1

If you want two of your friends to be friends, they have to get along. Two of my friends whom I hang out with all of my precious time do not seem keen to eachother whenever we are all together. I would like to understand why this is so, and why it's so difficult for them to just like eachother! For cripe's sake! I have good taste in friends, so why can't they like the other good pickin's who are on the same boat as them? There can be a few causes for such problem to occur.
One problem why they do not like eachother could be the fact that they have different tastes and opinions. One thing that one friend may like can tick off the other. Some dividing opinions may even lead to feeling offended or angry with the other. Different tastes can also be hard to mix because there is less to converse about when getting to know eachother.
Another problem may be that they do not know eachother very well! You cannot expect people to magically bond with eachother when they have no time to do so. You may want to leave your two friends some time to hang out on their own without you around for comfortable bonding.
They may also not like eachother because they have behavioral issues and social unawareness. Some people do not have very fine social skills and may have trouble getting to know people. They should find some courage and confidence in themselves to speak and interact with eachother. Hopefully then there will not be indifference or awkward silence.