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In a survey for the first issue of the Winged Post, we asked freshmen which global phenomenon would most affect their adulthood. One response was climate change.

According to NASA, global carbon dioxide emissions are increasing exponentially, global temperatures are steadily rising and the expanse of arctic ice is decreasing.

The intersection between science, technology, math and engineering is at the forefront of and crucial to solving these environmental issues for future generations.

In each issue of the paper, we will address the issue of climate change and how it pertains to the Harker community, talking about its impacts on the environment, the challenges researchers face in solving it and promising solutions.

This infographic depicts the negative environmental effects of climate change. Forest coverage and arctic ice coverage are decreasing significantly annually and the average sea level is steadily rising.

Sahana Srinivasan
This infographic depicts the negative environmental effects of climate change. Forest coverage and arctic ice coverage are decreasing significantly annually and the average sea level is steadily rising.

This issue, we introduce the history of climate change and provide a context of how the environment has changed, is changing and will change. We step into the life of a typical sophomore at Harker, born in 2000, and see how the environment has changed and will change over the course of that student’s life, using the ages of zero, 15, 25, 40 and 65.

This infographic depicts the development of someone's carbon footprint and the changes in the environment throughout her life.

Kaitlin Hsu, Sahana Srinivasan, Vineet Kosaraju
This infographic depicts the development of someone’s carbon footprint and the changes in the environment throughout her life.

In the Winged Post version of this article published on Oct. 16, 2015, information on emissions, temperature and arctic ice in the article text and infographics was not properly attributed to NASA. The online version published on Oct. 18, 2015 now reflects this change.

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