Carbon Emissions Haven’t Been This High Since The Dinosaurs
I found this article intriguing since we talked about the environment in some of our previous classes and besides that, shows the lack of Corporate Social Responsibility corporations have.
Researchers studied the biological pieces of deep-sea residue samples taken from the coast of New Jersey and found that the release of carbon into the air is unmatched to that of the past 66 million years. According to Candace Major, program director of the National Science Foundation, these reports show “one of the most dramatic episodes of global change since the dinosaurs”.
The research team examined sediments as old as a climate event of 56 million years ago called Palecene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which was believed to be the largest carbon release since the dinosaurs went extinct.
For over 4000 years, the PETM caused sea surface and air temperatures to rise, causing droughts, flooding, insect plagues, and for some animals to become extinct. The carbon emission that caused this was less than 4 billion tons annually, today’s carbon emission from human resources are at 37 billion metric tons.
After the PETM research results, Richard Zeebe, professor at the University of Hawaii says today’s burning of fossil fuels could have greater longer-lasting effects. This study came less than two weeks after the National Atlantic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Observatory (NOAA) in Hawaii proved that carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere arose more during 2015 than it has in 56 year of research.
Lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network said in a statement that compared to the natural process, what is happening with all this pollution is “explosive”.
From a very young age, my mom has tried to instill consciousness about the environment to me and my sister, which at one point obviously stuck. For years, I’ve known pollution is bad, but it wasn’t until I was faced with actual numbers that I was left out of words, especially knowing we are responsible for this.
This relates to our class because these corporations are aware of the harm they are causing to both the people and the Earth, but seem to care more about the money going into their bank accounts than the well being of the planet and other humans. Their responsibility is to make sure things are safe/convenient for everyone, not just them, in the long run, they are only hurting themselves for hurting the environment.