Bring on the heat?

By Whitney Johnson Jaquise Cofield
Photographers: Janel Walker, Makahla Hamilton, Jamari Baker, Justin Kearney
Editor: Sydnie LA Baker

Put away your mittens and earmuffs, warm weather has finally graced the campus of Hampton University. With temperatures rising to the low 80s, everyone seems to be in a brighter mood. With these erratic temperatures, however, the question is if this weather is really here to stay? This week alone, the campus is participating in a variety of outdoor activities, such as a water fight on Bemis Lawn. What price are we paying to enjoy this beautiful weather, and does anyone care to find out?

Scientists have noted 2012 as the warmest winter the country has experienced in an entire decade. Two-thirds of the United States has been abnormally warm, and global warming is, unfortunately, getting worse. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere will continue to increase unless our emissions begin to decrease substantially.

Furthermore, the effects of global warming include an increased average temperature on Earth, a raise in sea levels, and frequent destructive hurricanes and tornadoes. These changes will impact our supply of food, water, infrastructure, ecosystems and even our health.

"It's getting hotter every year, and it's messing up the climate balance that we are used to. The fact that it is 70 degrees in February is a problem," stated sophomore broadcast journalism major Meghan Kee.

It is obvious to see that we all have been looking forward to the warm weather, activities and longer days that spring brings. However, is the warm weather actually making our days shorter as a result of global warming? The human race must be careful for what they ask for because the warm weather could ultimately lead to a more crucial problem.

The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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