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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Essay

Global Warming
5th Grade Grizzly Cub

Greenhouse gasses trap heat in our atmosphere. Here is how greenhouse gasses are broken down on Earth:

Water Vapor - 95%
CO2 - 3.618%
Methane - 0.368%
Nitrous Oxide - 0.95%
Misc. - 0.072%

NASA's Mars orbiter shows that Mars may be going through global warming. The sun has been at its strongest for the past 60 years and may be affecting global temperatures. The brightening started relatively recently, 100 to 150 years ago. The global temperature increased about 0.2 degrees C over the past 20 years. To determine the sun's role in global warming, scientists measured magnetic zones on the sun's surface. They are sunspots. They are believed to intensify the sun's energy. Going back several hundred years they found that a dearth* of sunspots meant that a cold period could last as long as 50 years, but over the past century the number increased as the Earth's climate changed. The sun's brightness increased over the past 2 decades. Cosmic rays accelerate the formation of clouds in our atmosphere. Clouds have a cooling effect on Earth. Recently the sun's magnetic field doubled, reducing the influx of cosmic rays. This resulted in a reduction of cloudiness, which would be a factor in warming the Earth.

450 million years ago, CO2 levels were over 10 times higher than they are now and the planet was experiencing the coldest period in the last 1/2 billion years. The belief of worldwide warming is contradicted by the fact that massive areas are in fact cooling, such as N. & S. Pacific, the Amazon Valley, N. coast of South America, and many other places. When considered overall, warming and cooling are almost in balance. New studies also show that living plants emit a considerable amount of Methane in the presence of air.

In 1999, Michael Mann published a graph of past temperatures in which the Medieval Warming Period was not taken into account. The MWP occured starting about 1,000 B.C. and was followed by a little ice age in the 14th century. Mann and his team chose to get rid of the MWP so that their results showed what they wanted to show. Their work was accepted without criticism even though their results were not supported by the full facts.

Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia, in response to Gore's movie 'An Inconvenient Truth', said, "The man is an embarrasment to U.S. science and its many fine practitioners, alot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science." Dr. Wibjorn Karlen, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden says, "The 'mass balance' of Antarctica is positive - more snow is accumulating than melting off. As a result, there is an increase in the 'calving' of icebergs as the ice dome of Antarctica is growing and flowing to the oceans."

* Dearth - scarcity or lack. Her new favorite word. It had to be looked up, of course, but she is now (successfully) attempting to use it in everyday conversation. My mother used this word a lot.

So - there it is. Not perfect, but not bad for a kid. It took several days and many hours of complaining because of all of that horrible writing that had to be done. I told her, "Be glad you are expected to write - - in some countries they would hang you if they knew you were trying. Or possibly whip you or bury and stone you." (A little tough - but it's true.)

Many interesting conversations have been spawned by the research that we had to do for the essay. One had to do with why scientists would be afraid to speak up for disagreeing with Gore's vision of global catastrophe. It is a hard thing to explain to a 10 year old how science can be politicized. How funding can be cut off. How one can be barred from submitting scientific evidence to journals. How a person's reputation can be smeared and how that can be devastating. It is a hard thing to explain.

This was a hard essay for her to complete. The writing of it was only part of the difficulty. Challenging her to read data and then write in her own words what it meant to her - man. I was constantly reeling myself in and forcing myself to keep my mouth shut. Interestingly enough, we found many sources that didn't even list water vapor as a greenhouse gas. I asked her, 'Why do you think they would ignore water vapor?' She couldn't answer but I hope that it got her thinking. She struggled, but she did it. I think she did good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a kid who hates writing, that's very impressive. You're a credit to homeschooling. I wonder how many state-educated 10-year-olds would do as well.

20 December, 2006 03:52  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you MrSmith. I don't think many public school 5th graders get much, if any, science.

20 December, 2006 09:04  
Blogger kuhnkat said...


To both teacher AND student!!

20 December, 2006 12:08  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you so much, kuhnkat!

20 December, 2006 18:52  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It's college level work. I'd say she could get a scholarship for such efforts, but considering her take on the subject matter, she probably wouldn't get one.

Only one error that I saw. Gore's movie was "An Inconvenient Truth" (not "The...").

She really did the research and boiled down the subject in a way that communicates more directly than many longer essays.

P.S. If water vapor is the biggest greenhouse gas, do we need to ban fountains and stop taking showers?

21 December, 2006 01:28  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Don't forget about cow-banning, Mike, now that it's been reported that cows and other livestock emit more gases than automobiles. 20% of the greenhouse gases, apparently, according to the U.N.

Monica, that's extremely impressive! I hope she got an A+!

You might be interested in listening to Michael Medved and Dennis Prager's radio programs where they had the authors of Unstoppable Global Warming.

21 December, 2006 14:57  
Blogger Uncle Wiggily said...


I'm nominating this kid for a Nobel prize ... her take on global warming makes more sense than 95% of the schlock scientists out there.

Congrats on such a nifty kid.

21 December, 2006 15:57  
Blogger tshsmom said...

The most important thing is that she understands the facts and can discuss them. Don't tell her I said that! ;)
BTW, your daughter would be ridiculed in school for using words like dearth. :(

21 December, 2006 16:06  
Blogger Michael said...


I've always been sceptical about global warming, as the left seem so concerned about it. My general reflex is to assume the opposite of whatever moonbats say.

By the way great post. I have a new post over at my blog if you want to check it out. It's about how moonbats make excuses for communism.



PS Merry Christmas

22 December, 2006 14:07  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Mike - thanks for pointing that out about the name of the movie. I'll fix that. Also - I don't think there's much we can do to interrupt the water cycle, is there? ;-)

Wordsmith - I had heard that about livestock. It's always somethin' emitting methane - I tell ya. I will visit those links but I just want to know - am I going to need a barf bag?

Awww - thanks Unc. I don't think I want her to be included in the ranks of Nobel winners though. It's a motley crew. Isn't Jimmah Cahtah one of them? Some other sort of monetary prize might be nice - lol.

tshsmom - lol. I won't tell. Not yet, anyway. Re: her vocabulary, I quite often hear people commenting to me about the way she talks. Her vocabulary is stellar, apparently. I really don't notice it and I have to laugh at them for saying such a thing. I am glad that she hasn't been the subject of ridicule in our little school at home. I have seen some kids on the block be absolutely abused for being good students, though. One time I even intervened. I'm the bitch mother on the block. LOL! (We really are up each other's butts living in these rowhouses.)

Thank you for visiting again, Michael. Skepticism would be a healthy reaction to the noise being made about catastrophic global warming. I will look forward to reading your essay - - as I always do!

23 December, 2006 00:07  
Blogger Skye said...

This is truly a well thought out essay. It should be required reading in our local colleges and universities.

Global warming hysteria is merely anti-Western, anti-capitalist political activism masquerading as science. Raising taxes and restricting civil liberties has never 'fixed' any problem - societal or environmental - in the entire history of the human race.

As for the political and institutional supression of science that points to other reasons outside of human based activity for global warming/cooling; I am reminded of the time when Copernicus and Galileo were castigated by peers, threatened by governmental and religious authorities for espousing the belief of a heliocentric solar system. History is indeed repeating itself in the Global Warming 'controversy'.

23 December, 2006 14:09  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you Skye. We had a little talk about Copernicus and Galileo during this ordeal. It was a quick one, because something happened to interrupt it. I think a neighbor girl's front tooth (baby tooth) was knocked loose and started to bleed. She REALLY hates the sight of her own blood!

24 December, 2006 00:13  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

It's always somethin' emitting methane - I tell ya. I will visit those links but I just want to know - am I going to need a barf bag?

Actually, the authors are global warming skeptics. They were good. If you have the time, give them a listen to.

24 December, 2006 22:38  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Great Wordsmith - thank you and I will definitely check those links out after the holiday madness. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration!

25 December, 2006 02:21  
Blogger Mike Slag said...

Hey Monica! That's a great essay. And you're lucky too that you're homeschooling her. I can only imagine what sort of reaction and shenanigans it would've gotten when the teacher sent home a note on the top of the paper saying something like "Grade: C, good writing, but you can't just make things up."

Seriously that's great stuff, and the thing with dearth that's a great habit to pick up, i'm always giving myself like little "vocabulary points" in my head when I use words in a sentence that aren't used often enough.

Anyway great paper, very very good. Good work to both of you!

09 January, 2007 09:58  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you Mike. We like to try to use unusual words, too.

The little one did most of the work, old Grizzly Mama just struggled to keep the yap shut. lol!

09 January, 2007 23:41  

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