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Storm Of The Century

The picture above is one of the latest images of a massive winter storm hurrying towards Alaska.  It dwarfs the largest state in the country.  It spans more than fifteen hundred miles wide.  It has been described as historic.  It is November and a typhoon the likes the world has never seen is about to strike.  Thankfully, with Alaska being so rural, it’s not expected to be as catastrophic as a Katrina or some of the major storms that have hit the gulf or the east coast.  But it will be significant nevertheless.  And, in all likelihood, it is just a harbinger of things to come.

While some of us still roll our eyes at the thought that global warming is a true phenomenon or not, one thing that cannot be denied is that the cost of natural disasters is rising exponentially.  What used to cost a few billion dollars a year to cover the damage of storms just a few years ago is now hitting the tens of billions of dollars.  And the worst is yet to come.  For the foreseeable future, the cost of damage due to weather will continue to rise considerably.

The mechanics of global warming are truly complex.  Some people who like to dismiss the arguments supporting global warming as little more than fear mongering intended to impact the pocketbooks of global conglomerates that have an interest in industries that make a large portion of their profits from manufacturing processes that have a history of pollution.  They would ask that if it’s global warming then why is a snowy blizzard of a hurricane barreling down on Alaska?

But global warming can’t be dismissed with the kind of logic that can be mistakenly attributed to simpletons.  It is complex.  It is the collection of excessive heat energy in our atmosphere and throughout our environments that can manifest with more frequent, stronger and larger storms around the planet.  And to add insult to injury these storms are appearing around the globe in areas never known for their storm activity before.  And to add even more salt to our weather pattern wounds, storm season is starting earlier and is lasting longer than ever before.

Global warming doesn’t mean everything is just getting warmer.  But there are parts of the planet that are hotter and dryer than ever.  Texas is going through a drought that is nothing like anything it’s ever experienced before.  The earth in the majority of the state is so parched it can be considered scorched.  Rivers have disappeared and giant lakes of water have dwindled into tiny pools of concentrated acid laced bacteria.  The amount of rain is a tiny fraction of what it used to be.   Rainfall that could’ve been measured in feet is now measured in millimeters.  And all that vast desert of heat and little rainfall only exacerbates the collection of heat energy and contributes to the global warming effect.

It was suggested that instead of calling this observable series of facts global warming it should be called climate change.  Better yet would be to refer to it as climate adaptation.  The planet is adapting to new environmental factors.  Whether or not it’s a manmade phenomenon or something occurring naturally in nature or some mixture of the two, storms, droughts, and other extreme manifestations of weather fluctuations will become the norm and the rather placid weather that we’ve become accustomed to will be remembered as the good old days.

Like the Earth, we need to learn to adapt to this new weather paradigm.  We need to learn how to live in harmony with the weather fluctuations coming that don’t call for the ever rising annual investment of tens of billions of dollars just to keep the status quo.  Eventually, the tens of billions is going to grow to hundreds of billions.  One thing about weather it doesn’t have to go to the bank to wreak is havoc.  It has a limitless supply of ass whip in a can to dispense.  Whether or not we contributed to this phenomenon or not will continue to be argued in the public forum until the end of our time.  What we need to do now is learn to live with our new weather patterns in ways that will be a lot more sustainable.




Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - Posted by | Life, Thoughts

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