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.


5 responses to “What Else Could Be Affecting Global Warming?”

  1. austinh0017 says :

    I think that you make a really good point about how we sometimes try to solve the whole problem at once instead of looking at little problems that add up. I do think though that you should put a little bit more science into the post to help explain the sea otter situation because it is a bit confusing.

  2. kaylac0017 says :

    I think that you are exactly right! I thought that there was a typo or something when I heard that an animal as cute as a sea otter can pitch in on the increasing CO2 levels. I also think that you made a great point when you said that it could be more productive if we focus more on the small causes of global warming and less on the obvious things that everyone knows about. There are probably more things that are causing the CO2 levels to increase than we know.

  3. johns0117 says :

    I liked your post, but I read that article also, and it said that while otters may be helping the kelp survive, that does not have a major impact on global warming, and that we cannot rely on natural things like this to stop global warming. I think that it is good that the otter’s are helping the kelp forests, but I do not think that they will be able to stop global warming. We need to stop leaving the problem of global warming to other people or animals, and need to take it on ourselves.

  4. granta0017 says :

    Thank you everyone for your input. As for you johns0117 I do realize that the otters don’t have a major affect on global warming, that is the point of my paper. I didn’t say that it was having a major affect on global warming but what I did say is that it is a bigger problem than we would expect, which I do believe is true like what kaylac0017 said it is so hard to believe that sea otters are affecting global warming such cute little animals actually making a difference with global warming.

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