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The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Abody Moazeb
Abody Moazeb
Staff Writer

Abody Moazeb is a sophomore here at Athens Drive. This is Abody's first year writing for the Oracle. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends.

Farah Al-Rbehat
Farah Al-Rbehat
Assistant Editor

Farah Al-Rbehat is a junior here at Athens Drive. This is her third year as an Assistant Editor on the Athens Oracle. She enjoys reading, spending time with the people she loves, and participates in many...

Nathan Pitchford
Nathan Pitchford
Staff Writer

Nathan Pitchford is a freshman at Athens. He's a staff writer for the Oracle. He likes playing video games and reading books. He's looking forward to getting better at writing and making some (hopefully)...

Global warming cannot continue to go ignored

Global warming cannot continue to go ignored

For most people, the idea of a chunk of ice floating through the ocean seems relatively harmless.  An iceberg six times the size of Manhattan, however?  That is a topic that catches a few more eyes.  The iceberg, known as B31, broke off from Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and has since been making its way into the open ocean. At a size of 225 miles wide and nearly a third of a mile thick, NASA scientists have said that the strange floating mass is more of a wonder than a very immediate threat to the sea level.  Although iceberg splits are usual, this particular instance places Pine Island Glacier at even smaller than its typical 30-year average shrink, an alarming deficit that cannot be ignored.  The shrink shows a not-so-shocking trend taking place in the Antarctic and across the rest of the globe, threatening the future of the globe as we know it.

Since around 1974, the Pine Island Glacier’s rapidly increasing rate of melting has worried scientists about its possible contribution to the rise of the sea level. In the past century alone, the global mean sea level has risen four to eight inches.  The rapidly increasing rate of glacial melting in conjunction with the rising temperatures during the late winter and early spring seasons results in less snowfall and a generally higher sea level season after season. Instead of being able to even out through the seasonal cycle, the sea level instead continues to rise slightly year after year, eventually building up to what could be disastrous results–disastrous results that, although acknowledged, are ultimately not being prevented.

According to National Geographic, the sea level is expected to rise between 2.5 and 6.5 feet by 2100.  Any location on the coast less than seven feet above sea level would be covered by water.  Islands could be covered completely.  Sea-surrounded areas such as coastal areas and the Everglades would be submerged entirely.  When the hunt for resources to sustain the human population can already be difficult, losing a substantial amount of land would be disastrous.

The natural cycle of warming and cooling of Earth can no longer be used as a justification for deniers of global warming.  The warming of Earth over the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural factors alone, leaving few options other than human activities as the cause of the increase.  While some damage has already been done, it is not too late to attempt to reverse the damage and prevent damage that could occur in the future.

To ignore global warming is to ignore the dangerous threats to the environment that could be approaching faster than we think.  The B13 iceberg is only the tipping point, and it cannot continue to go unacknowledged. In order to stop the increasing rates of warming across the globe, and the dangerous impacts that come as a result, education and preventative and sustainable practices have to be implemented.

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