What Else Could Be Affecting Global Warming?
I read a post on National Geographic about sea otters affecting global warming. I know what you’re thinking; there is no way. That’s what I thought, too, but it’s true! The article states that when hungry sea otters whack spiky urchins against rocks on their chests, the mammals may also be striking a blow against global warming. The article says that otters preying on urchins and devouring greenhouse-gas absorbing kelp forests. This is interesting because the sea otters obviously don’t know or mean to do it but just being sea otters are affecting global warming in a reasonably big way for just little animals.
The result? An otter-assisted kelp forest can absorb as much as 12 times the amount of CO2 from the atmosphere than if it were subject to starved sea urchins.
That is amazing that an otter-assisted kelp forest can absorb that much CO2. One thing that we haven’t discussed as a class is other topics that may be affecting global warming not just the big ideas like cars and main topics like that, but little ideas like sea otters, one of the last topics we would think of when discussing global warming are actually causing a good amount of global warming.
I think that the class should start to think more about what else is causing global warming, even the little ideas which may end up being the easiest to change and to help global warming with rather than thinking about making us get rid of cars or trying to find huge solutions to global warming. If the class were to focus on little ideas that are causing global warming we would be able to get a lot more done. Back to the car example trying to get rid of cars is virtually impossible but changing little ideas would be much simpler. Now I know you’re thinking there is no way to affect a sea otters behavior or to change something there is no way to change. I agree but there have to be other topics that we can put a stop to and we should focus on those more.