Saturday, January 15, 2011

Let it Snow. Recently the weather has been pretty predictable in the United States. This past week it had snowed in every state of America except our beautiful Hawaii. In my next life I hope to be a weather forecaster. These professionals can always be wrong in their predictions by simply saying the wind shifted and still collect their 6 figure salaries and look beautiful on air.
We might think that everyone is cold and that the climate is seasonably ok but things are changing rapidly. The figures on global climate show that 2010 tied 2005 as the hottest year on record. But more remarkably 2010 was the wettest year ever since record-keeping began in 1880. There is more water on earth than land. The glaciers are still melting at a fast pace. 2010 had snowstorms that broke seasonal records in the United States and in Europe. There was a record shattering summer heat wave that scorched Russia, strong floods that left thousands homeless in Pakistan, Australia, California and Tennessee. We experienced a severe die off of coral reefs which are essential to a healthy sea life; and there is a continuation in the global trend of a warming climate. No, this is not the story line to the next epic disaster movie; this is reality. Let’s have another beer because I just don’t know what to do now about it.
Two agencies, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since the beginning of 2001. The majority of climatologists agree that the cause of this rapid increase of heat in the atmosphere is caused by an increase of carbon dioxide by 40% since the Industrial Revolution when most factories and mass production of products were made. The average global temperature soared from 57.0 to 58.12 between 1960 and 2010. Yes we love all our new machines and gadgets but it is costing us in an extreme change in our natural habitat that we love.
All the wacky weather and all the new innovations that appear every day as a result of our carbon dioxide polluting factories are a sign of our times. I’m not sure where all these changes are leading us to but I know the beauty of a coral reef and a massive glacier and the uselessness of a old giant computer or old VCR or old any machine that pollutes our land and water. I’m personally going to try to not invest in many new gadgets and invest in anything less plastic or man made. Buy natural and play a small part in preserving the natural things we know and should treasure.

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