Alert! Alert! Alert!
BREAKING NEWS from New Orleans!! Hurricane Katrina is heading inland and is rated at a Category 5. The amount of water which a hurricane can spill out is monumental (to better understand how they work click here to watch Looking at Hurricanes, 8 minutes). So we have rain, ok, what about wind? Oh man do we ever. 165-175 sustained winds and which creates the 20ft storm surge. But that is that bad right? Way bad for New Orleans.
Most of the city lies below sea level. It is protected by 15ft barrier and has ennormous pumps to help get rid of the water. My prays are for everyone in the great New Orleans area. The chief said this today "pack your bags and get your ass outta here". my quote could be wrong so please forgive me. The traffic is bad and the dome is going act as emergency shelter for those who can’t get out. Good Job everyone for taking the advice to save your ass. Also Good Job to those making those decesions earlier enough and to have systems in place to aid in move to safety.
Now what has been the contributing factor to the increase of hurricanes through the world? I say global warming. To me the evidence is conclusive, though others argue, and I apply Toby’s Theory of Commonsense, I notice that humans are contributing to much CO2 and other green house gases to the environment NOT to have an impact.
If you think that we NOT are making an impact in the global climate change I think your stupid. The essay needed at least one rant 🙂
The ocean levels are rising, glaciers are reseeding, polar ice caps are shrinking and the evironment will live in is changing. Well the arguement can be made that we don’t have enough long term data to accurately make the assumption. Formulating that conclusion would a thousand years of solid data to make but unfortunelty we do not. So we have to infur on the data we do have and the computer models. Our bests minds are working on this as we speak but what are some of the things we can do to easy the pain of planet Earth? Remember, this is the only one we have right now.
Drive less is the most obvious solution. With more than 20 million cars world wide our global emission are out of control. Taking mass transit, riding a bike (get your big ass out the car), walk, carpool or do what ever it takes to do your part. I am not saying give up driving completely but reduce how many trips in you make. Try living closer to work so you dont have to compute 30 miles and takes 2 1/2hrs a day. You know much time out of your life you spent in traffic? You do the math.
So lets do are part and make living on planet Earth the most enjoyable and sustainable as we can. We are special so lets treat ourselves that way. Until the next time this is Toby signing off…