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Hot One Day, Cold the Next - Is Global Warming to Blame?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 24, 2012 @ 11:57PM
Created on November 24, 2012 @ 11:38PM
 
If you were outside on Saturday, you were probably freezing, a sharp contrast to how warm it was just a few days ago. It seems like the weather has been crazy lately, and scientists are saying that we better get used to it, because global warming is taking it's toll.
 
"It's kind of crazy that a couple days ago it was 60 degrees, and right now I'm freezing," said Lindsay Cochrane.

One day it's hot, the next it's cold. The weather this year has been nothing short of freakish, with huge storms like the Derecho we had back in June and more recently, Superstorm Sandy.

With the extreme weather becoming a growing threat to our roads, airports, and bridges, people are left to wonder if global warming is to blame.

"Well, it's quite possible I guess. I'm a bit torn either way, but there's so many so-called experts, saying that is the cause of the change in the weather. Yeah, I can go along with it," said Ian Crozier, a Buckhannon resident.
 
But Lindsay Cochrane said, "The weather has patterns, and it will repeat itself. I mean, we've had crazy storms before. Maybe not as intense as right now, but I don't think it's because of global warming, no."
 
But the president disagrees with that.
 
"Climate change is real, and it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions," said President Barack Obama.
 
The U.N. climate talks are going on in Qatar now. There, they'll discuss things like the Kyoto Protocol, an expiring emissions pact with a dwindling number of members and how to ramp up climate financing for poor countries.
 
Obama added, "We do know that the Arctic Ice Cap is melting, faster than even what was predicted five years ago."
 
The president clearly thinks the climate change is impacted by human behavior, particularly the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil.  However, the people we talked with on Saturday, seemed to agree that it's a natural trend for the Earth.
 
"So, I do think we have an impact, but I don't think we change it that much," said Cochrane.
 
"It's a cyclical process that goes up and down. Humans might increase it, but it's still natural process," said Erasme Rizo, an engineer and Buckhannon resident.
 
Now, the president is taking on the task of reversing the climate trend, for future generations.
 
"I think we have an obligation to future generations to do something about it," said Obama.

A UN report released this week says that carbon dioxide emissions have jumped 20 percent since the year 2000.


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