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The Slow Increase of Climate Change

By Nathaniel Lee

                The climate of Earth is a very intense mix of different sorts of weather, that range from simple rain storms to massive hurricanes. We as humans have coped with countless weather changes. Tornadoes, droughts, blizzards, and floods, and large amounts of rainfall are normal weather patterns to us. Recently however, it has been said that these normal weather patterns are starting to become more intense, and are lasting for a longer duration. Scientists theorize that global warming could be the cause of these changes in weather. Global warming can be the very cause that begins a climate change that can cause weather of drastic proportions.

Global warming is caused by the building up of various greenhouse gases within our atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. These gases are trapped within the atmosphere of Earth. The sun’s infrared rays are able to penetrate into our atmosphere, warming the planet. These rays are then are trapped in by the gases, creating the problems of high heat waves, and eventually with too much build up, climate change. Polar ice caps have helped in these times of high heat, but are now melting at an alarming rate, causing a rise in water within our oceans. The rise of water is already starting to flood onto various islands, engulfing them underwater. The simple buildup of gases in our atmosphere from our cars and industries are starting to cause permanent, irreversible, harmful damage to our environment, as well as ourselves.

Bill Patzert, a climate scientist that works for NASA, explained that our climate is already beginning to change. Due to global warming, heat waves are becoming bigger, and last in longer duration. Evidence of droughts are at an all-time high, and storms are beginning to become more intense. Bill explained that the weather right now is not much different than in the past, and the changes we are seeing are not drastic yet, but the weather will start increasing in a very quick rate if the Earth continues to warm up.

Even if we could survive the changes within the climate, or most important sources could be depleted. Due to the high heat waves, many fields in which we get our everyday food are no longer able to grow. The land is becoming dry, making it very difficult, if not impossible, to plant crops without them dying at a very early stage. The droughts are also drying up our sources of water, and we are simply hoping that the next summer will bring us plenty of water from numerous storms.

At a global scale, emission gases must be reduced in order to at least halt the rise of these greenhouse gases. If we do not, the consequences could be very hurtful to where we live and what we survive on. This all happened, and will continue to happen, because of the global rise in various harmful chemicals that fuel our transportations and factories. These chemicals will continue to blow into our atmosphere by smoke stacks, due to the increase in production in order to meet customer demand within the product industry. Climate change is already beginning to happen, and steps must be taken before we bring our own end.

Edited by:

Jennah Reiman

Shae Kovalchick

Jacob Standafer

Sources

Gillis, Justin. “Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies”. New York Times. 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

Goddard. “Ask A Climate Scientist- Extreme Weather and Global Warming”. NASA. Youtube.com. 8 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

Ostro, Stu. “My Climate Change”. The Weather Channel. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

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The Future of Technology: The Beginning or the End?

By Nathaniel Lee

                Technology has become a new dominate industry in many parts of the world today. Within the United States, many every day Americans cannot go a single day without a cell phone, not only used to connect with others, but is now a device with the ability to access any information on the global web. Motor Vehicles are now a dominant form of transportation to any place, as well as planes for long distances. For entertainment, video games and movies are the main source. The list of new technology today goes on and on, and practically is now the foundation of our very lives. Technology gives us all many benefits and conveniences we could ever want, but is not good thing for us as a race to rely on all these various devices for everything.

Today, our industries are run by countless electronics. Current security is now built off of a highly technical system. Trucks get to destinations by the use of satellite maps, tracked by another program in order to keep up to date of their current location. Stores rely on programs in order to keep up with the countless changing of pricing on a daily basis. Another program is used to keep track of the store’s current inventory, in order to always have products on the shelves. Machines are used to speed up the process of making products, in order to match the current demand of the everyday consumer. As far as the current industry in the United States, technology has made it very easy to keep up to date with the demand of customers, and brings ease to workers who carry out tasks with the help of these various programs and devices. An everyday American greatly benefits from this technology, and is clearly seen of those constantly using their phones for they are capable of practically everything, such as entertainment at the touch of a screen.

In the last fifteen years, the evolution of electronics has skyrocketed, making countless improvements to countless devices throughout a single year. The demand continues to increase, every individual wanting more. Every time Apple comes out with a new iPhone or iPad, many are more than willing to throw out a perfectly good device in order to gain access to a new device that does just a little bit more. An average American now wants more at each waking moment, and is willing to pay thousands in order to get the new update versions of various devices. On “Black Friday” every year, when prices of all sorts of electronics drop, thousands rush into stores for a new electronic, and are willing to seriously hurt others in order to satisfy their craving for a new device.

Technology has made everything highly convenient, but has also corrupted many individuals’ minds, constantly wanting more despite the electronics they already have. What if a day comes when our technology fails, and we have no access to anything? Industries would crash, resulting in the quick drop in distribution of food, water, and products across the states. An entire technology crash is rather far-fetched, but is something we must keep in our minds so if situations come into play in the future, we are prepared to live without our cell phones, or rely on cars, planes, and buses for transportation. Backing away from technology wouldn’t hurt, and would maybe help us realize the insanity it is for people to hurt thousands of individuals every year just for a new product. Technology can very well be a great beginning for a stable future, but can also quickly be our end, if we choose to let it.

Edited by:

Emily Flora

Shae Kovalchick

Jacob Standafer

Sources

The Associated Press. “A Rise in Technology Keeps the Market Ahead”. New York Times. 13 Aug. 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

Rainie, Lee. “Cell phone ownership hits 91% of Adults”. Pew Research Center. 6 June 2013. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

Pappas, Stephanie. “Black Friday Psychology: Why We Go Mad for Deals”. 24 Nov. 2010. Live Science. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

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The Sharing of Cultures

By Nathaniel Lee

                Every culture has a beginning; every civilization that has ever lived on the face of the Earth has had a starting place in which they learned to live and grow accustomed to the environment they were born into. From these various groups and societies grew beliefs of religions, traditions and customs that made each civilization unique. Each of those civilizations held strong to these traditions, all up until the day they realized they were not the only civilizations living on Earth. The mixing of traditions is what made our world what it is today, but was it a good thing that we all mixed together? It has taken us thousands of years for the human race to begin accepting other cultures religions, beliefs, traditions, and ethnicities. We fought, discriminated, killed, and tortured simply on arrogance that we thought our culture’s traditions and beliefs were the only true beliefs. The mixing of all our cultures create either a universal possibility of understanding, or the inevitable extinction of our original ideas, traditions, and beliefs.

We have taken many good things from other cultures. Because we now know what everybody prefers to belief, or what culture you come from, we can start to understand what other cultures are all about, why they believed what they did, and what made them live the way they did. The geography, or region, made a huge impact on individual cultures, showing today what they choose to eat, how they obtain their food, and why they choose certain traditions. A good example would be the various tribes of the Native Americans, who were very close to nature, so all of their cultural roots were based on things from nature. Medicine and healing beliefs, (such as the dream catcher) came off faith of the environment around them, and constantly moved in order to follow where their food went, for the buffalo was their main source of food, clothing, and housing. This made the buffalo a sacred animal to them. This makes us understand why they believe what they believe, and do the actions they do. Understanding every culture that was on Earth gives us a well-rounded knowledge of society.

Unfortunately, sharing our cultures has also caused our race some repercussions. Some traditions are on the brink of extinction, for many have clashed in order to get rid of the act. The Massiah tribe in Kenya is one of many tribes who are very close to extinction, for their traditions are no longer practiced, their language is rarely spoken, and have been secluded to small areas, making it difficult for them to live. Just like tribes, many languages are now extinct, or are well on their way. This leaves our world with very few specific regional languages, and is quickly moving toward a single dominant universal language. Despite how convenient a world language would be, we would have to accept that we lost many pieces of our original cultures along the way. Even today, we share practically everything, with a few exceptions. We are all starting to live in a similar culture, relying too much on technology, and quickly raising our population, creating the issue of supply and demand, and how it will someday be impossible to match. Because of this, we are also blinded to see the problems around us, ignoring what can be devastating to our lives later down the road. If we all lose our original traditions, cultures, and languages, we will not only lose the ability to even know who we are, but condemn ourselves to extinction when these world problems we have ignored too long rise up for the final blow. The picture above shows the current dominance of the industries across the world, showing how they have greatly impacted all cultures today.

We have benefits in sharing cultures, it is what builds up our economies, and makes us who we are today. However, precaution is required, for we can share, but not lose, where we came from. A Universal culture can be nice, but also be the end of our race as we know it. Stick to our origins, and our endings will be just as peaceful as the beginning.

Edited by:

Jenna Reiman

Ellie Strandquist

Samuel Oliver

Sources

“How has Globalization Caused a Loss of Culture.” Morocco World News. 25 Oct. 2011. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

Pinar. “Powerful Portrait of Secluded Cultures on the Brink of Extinction.” My Modern Met. 5 Nov. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

Al-Khatib, Talal. “After Columbus: Native American Traditions Alive Today.” Discovery. 14 Oct. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

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The Water Origination of Longmont Colorado

By Nathaniel Lee

Water covers approximately seventy five percent of the Earth, and only one percent of that amount is drinkable. That one percent is spread out in areas across the Earth’s continents and the living beings than take what they can get. Some water is taken from areas in which they are fortunate enough to live close to a resource of water, and others have water transported to them, for they do not live close to any source of drinkable water, and cannot survive in the area they live in without it. Many, if not all water resources, are built off lakes, rivers, and streams, and are refilled based on the amount of rain or snowfall in the area. The State of Colorado’s water is built off a system like this, and is all tied to the snowfall within the Rocky Mountains, eventually reaching the town of Longmont.  Longmont, Colorado as some of the most natural, and cleanest water in the United States today.

The Water that ends up reaching most of Longmont’s stores, faucets, and showers come from the Rocky Mountains. During a normal Colorado winter, snow builds up, and when the spring comes, it begins to melt, draining into the closest rivers, creeks, and lakes. Most of the water drains into the St. Vrain River, and flows down toward the towns below the mountain.  The snow melts off the Western Slopes as well, flowing into the Colorado River, and eventually, into the St. Vrain. Longmont’s main water source comes from the St. Vrain River. The map above shows the water flow out of the mountains heading into various towns, including Longmont.

Once the water flows down to the town, it flows into various reservoirs, such as the Union reservoir, or the Ralph Price Reservoir.  Some of the water is than sent to either treatment plants, or stored in areas blocked by dams to be used later. Any water that flows past the dams then fall into various lakes downstream. The water sent to the treatment plants are than decontaminated, processed, and finally sent out to storage tanks under the streets, and are ready to use for anything that is attached to the unit.

The geography of Longmont makes a fortunate circumstance that allows easy access to water on a constant basis. Thanks to the changes in Colorado seasons, snowfall is guaranteed almost every year, and takes little effort to collect, since the water flows straight to the town’s location. Economic growth over the years has also allowed success in maintained treatment facilities and industries, giving the ability to store, treat, and transport water with ease. It is fortunate, for other towns and cities do not have access to any areas for water locally, and have to have water transported from other places. Transporting water over long distances has a risk of ruining the water. Local water is sent over short distances after the water is treated, which allows it to be transported safely, and maintain a healthy standard. It is never a guarantee that bottles of water transported over vast distances will be as healthy as getting water from a close, local location.

Thanks to the location’s geography, Longmont has clean, safe, and easily accessible water.  The well-established water industry, some say, is why Longmont is said to have some of the healthiest water you can get on Earth.

Edited by:

Oren Paisner

Jennah Reiman

Samuel Oliver

Sources

Rochat, Scott. “Longmont observes 130 Years since First City Pipeline.” Longmont Times Call. 24 Sept, 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

 “Where does Our Water Come From?”  City of Longmont FAQ and City Source. City Of Longmont. 2002. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.

“Water Treatment.” City Of Longmont Water Treatment, Water Utilities, PWNR. City Of Longmont. 28 Aug, 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.