Saturday, March 6, 2010

Heat Wave and Global Warming

I came across this news headline in BBC News posted sometime in February 2010 that the teaching profession in England is “under-rated”. It reminds me of Malaysia too where it is the same here, and worse, the profession under-pays as well. Well, I guess for some of us who chose teaching – like it or not, we have to live with this fact. We have to accept that we are in this profession not for the money! We teach because we want to. As old-fashioned as it sounds, we as educators do have an important role to play. As Daniel Boorstin said: “Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know”. I trust my students will read and digest this because no matter how smart they think they are, there’s certainly a lot of things that they still don’t know about! Of course I don’t pretend to know everything but still, I am damn good wad! Tell me, you agree!!

Climate scientists have delivered a powerful riposte to their skeptical critics with a study that strengthens the case for saying global warming is largely the result of man-made emissions of greenhouse gases.

The researchers found that no other possible natural phenomenon, such as volcanic eruptions or variations in the activity of the Sun, could explain the significant warming of the planet over the past half century as recorded on every continent including Antarctica. It is only when the warming effect of emitting millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from human activity is considered that it is possible to explain why global average temperatures have risen so significantly since the middle of the 20th century.

So, what's new... This BBC News report came at a time when we suffer in this massive heat wave that is mercilessly blanketing the country, I wish I am in a place where it is cold all year round, or I have an endless supply of ice-cold beer! I am thinking of a Heineken right now!

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