Climate change is one of the major issues we face today. We live in the moment of a potentially devastating event.
Most people accept climate change as an issue because it is backed by copious research. However, the media is filled with both deniers and acceptors. This includes prominent politicians who want to start televised events to debate the existence climate change.
There is one problem with all the televised material on climate change. The news and politicians usually refer to climate change as “global warming.” This is starting to change with more and more news companies writing headlines as “climate change.” News anchors and reporters will still say global warming when relaying information.
We need to make a change in the way we speak. Climate change is a scientific term used to refer to the change in weather patterns and climate on a global average. Global warming simply refers to the warming of the world.
One of the simplest ways to observe climate change is in weather events such as thunder storms or hurricanes. It is seen in the increased intensity and spontaneity of storms. Since climate change deals more with weather patterns it is not appropriate to call it global warming.
Certain politicians call climate change a hoax because the city they are residing in is cold enough to snow. This is not only ridiculous it is wrong. Climate change does not mean all areas will warm up. In fact some areas will even cool down.
We exist in one of the great moments in history. Future generations will look back and will either praise or condemn us. We can change the gruesome future that is being painted by scientists.
Okay, I know this is a widely accepted fact, but I just need to say it again. Dogs are amazing!
I am not just talking about how cute and lovable they tend to be. (Although that is included). I am talking about how skilled and useful they are.
Recently, I dove into learning the skills and expertise of these canines. Most college seniors have to complete a capstone course in order to graduate. With my degree, that meant I had to prepare an hour long seminar and present it to over 100 people. Worst hour of my life.
The topic I chose was the olfactory capabilities of canines. After months and months of research I was even more amazed with dogs than I was before.
I focused on cadaver dogs or search and rescue dogs, but also came across research on detection dogs. Dogs can be trained to detect seizure in people before they start and even detect cancer in the body.
During my research I came across a comparison that blew my mind: where a human might be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in water, dogs would be able to detect a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic swimming pools of water. (yeah my dog can’t do that, but it means a trained scent dog would be able to).
Dogs can even smell the difference between genetically identical twins. However, they cannot smell the difference between newborn identical twins. I learned a lot about the use of dogs in law enforcement and as aids in forensics. This amalgamation of knowledge is what I am truly grateful for after my seminar.
All animals are amazing and many animals have a better sense of smell than dogs, but only dogs are man’s best friend.
Let me know if you would like more science based posts. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.