22
Mar
10

Research Proposal

Global warming has been occurring over the past century, but it is only recently that we have begun to realize that it has become a big issue with devastating consequences.  Learning that global warming is caused by the accumulation of air pollutants released into the earth’s atmosphere, I began to wonder where these air pollutants are coming from.  Further research has shown me that the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil changes their chemical structure and produces them into carbon dioxide and other air polluting gases.  In addition to these fossil fuels, the release of carbon dioxide into the air resulting from clearing land for logging and ranching is another large contributor of air pollutants in our atmosphere (Hillman 12).  It is from these air pollutants that cause what is known as the Greenhouse Effect.  The greenhouse effect is a phenomenon whereby released carbon dioxide along with the other air pollutants in the atmosphere trap incoming heat from the sun within the lower atmosphere and thus warming the globe (Spash 25).

            After further looking into the main contributors of greenhouse gases, I finally chose deforestation to further narrow down my focus.  Vegetation contains carbon dioxide and when it is removed, the carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere.  Normally, lost vegetation would be replaced by regrowth with very little or no emissions because the vegetation requires the absorption of carbon dioxide to grow.  Despite this fact, humans have managed to outpace the regrowth of vegetation with their mass deforestation techniques (Hillman 13).  My focus will contain the pros and cons of deforestation, but will mainly emphasize on the cost.  Sure deforestation may be one of the large contributors of greenhouse gases, but can we afford not to use the vegetation as a resource?  Perhaps I can find a rational answer to this question.

15
Mar
10

news and periodicals

“Exotic Orchids Face Extinction” was the first article I found in worldpress.org which is about the impact of deforestation on exotic plant species in India.  It goes on about how the the cutting and burning down of forest trees not only contribute large amounts of air pollutants into the earth’s atmosphere, but also puts animal and plant life alike at risk.  India’s orchids which used to be abundant in places like the Agastaya Hills are now difficult for botanical teams to trace down as a result of the removal of forest trees.  Because this article displays another consequence of deforestation it would be a great example to include into my research paper.

The second article questions going against avoided deforestation.  The main argument in the article is about cost and if we can afford not using the forests as a resource for the many constructive materials human society uses today.  The article ends saying that the only real trick is to balance out the consumption of trees by growing more trees within its place.  This article will be of use to me because it presents a good counter argument for my paper, allowing me to discuss both sides of my focus.

01
Mar
10

Search Engine Results

I’ve noticed that the search results from each search engine differed in specificity.  google seemed to have much broader results than scholar google.  I think both search engines would be of use to me and fail to see any disadvantages in them.  Since I’m still currently looking for something to research, google would be useful for searching a topic on global warming.  Once I find a specific focus, scholar google would be helpful then because of its specific search results.

01
Mar
10

Global Warming

The topic I am going to do in my group is the response to global warming.  In group discussions we were coming up with foci like possible preventions for global warming such as finding and using alternative fuels sources.  We also dicussed what kind of possible outcomes there are as a result of global warming like the melting of the polar ice caps and how it would cause a massive rise in the world’s sea level and flood out major cities.  So far my own focus is yet to be determined.  There are so many foci to choose from that I still need more research and time to pick a definite focus for the research project.  However, discussion with my group has made me lean more toward thinking about other possible preventions that other people have already done as a possible focus.