Climate Change

Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (NASA/MCT)

Climate change has been a huge problem on our planet lately. All of the recent changes have actually caused the position of the Earth’s axis to shift. This may be caused by melting ice and water storage on land. Scientist Erik Ivins told The Huffington Post that the movement of water on Earth’s surface affects the plant’s distribution of mass. He added that this is like adding weight to a spinning top. “If you considered a spinning top, and then placed a piece of chewing gum on the top, it would start spinning around a new axis,” Ivins said in an email. “On the Earth, since water can be transported in and out of the oceans to the land — affecting global mean sea-levels — this also changes the moments of inertia, in exact analogy to the piece of chewing gum on a spinning top.” If temperatures continue to increase at the current rate, sea levels will continue to rise and weather events will continue to become more extreme.

About Rachel Reichelderfer

My name is Rachel Reichelderfer. I am a senior here at BHS. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer! Go Wildcats!