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Spotlight on Africa

 

Spotlight on Africa

by Amy Lignor

 

As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years.

It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa, Amina Mohamed, Agenda 2063, social change, the vision, climate change, social justice, peaceAfrica is, in truth, the cradle of mankind. They also house the youngest population in the world. There is huge potential to be garnered from these young minds, and it looks as if Africa and its government wants to do nothing more than to take that path. Africa has huge potential in many areas, and by enhancing their economic growth and promoting democratic ideals, they have a chance to do great things.

The Ambassador stated: “I strongly believe we can drive an agenda that realizes a common vision of integration, cooperation, collaboration and committed leadership.”

What was “introduced” was the African Union’s blueprint: Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. This Agenda speaks of many things, from business to social changes. The ways to implement a variety of new markets, and increase trade and investment with other nations is talked about, as well. Communication between nations was touched upon, and ideas to decrease the infrastructure deficit were shared. Taking a step forward includes sharing ideas and resources with other countries, which will allow a door to be opened to bring more education across the continent. And development of infrastructures would bring about more intra-Africa rail, road, air and water linkages that would help the people and businesses of Africa gain momentum.

 

The African Continent looking at fast-tracking their mining industry in the coming years is an added extra to make themselves heard and respected on the global scene in all areas of commerce. If Africa takes greater responsibility for financing its development and programs, which was the agreement made by the Finance and Planning Ministers in 2015, with the leadership at the AUC, their ideas can be fully implemented.

 

The headlines in regards to Africa also focus on the citizens. Agenda 2063 talks about creating a human force that will resolve Africa’s challenges. This “force” will certainly stem from the capacity of their youthful population. (In 2015, African Youth aged 15 – 24 years accounted for 19% of the global youth population; this is projected to increase to 42% by 2030). Those in charge state that women must be fully enabled to play an inclusive role in all areas of Africa’s development. It is an absolute goal for every African to live a life of dignity, be free from harm, and attain social justice. Peace can come from the fact that everyone has the opportunities to realize their full potential. And with peace and pride and dignity, Africa can find its stability.

 

Amina Mohamed
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Making strides in various areas, Africa has expanded access to both better education and better health care. By investing in agro-processing, they believe they can increase Africa’s global market share. And when it comes to the issues of climate change, Africa’s government believes in global cooperation in order to get these issues solved before it’s too late. Africa actually remains the most vulnerable to effects from global warming, which is why Agenda 2063 speaks about everything from adaptation measures to utilizing indigenous knowledge to generate solutions to building more resilient communities.

 

As we move forward into 2017, it will be interesting to see what Africa does and what its government is able to provide. It is most definitely time for successful journeys in Africa, and for its people to gain opportunities. The vision of an independent Africa is a good one, and hopefully that realization, through the government and the AUC, will occur.

Source:  Baret News

Forecasting Climate Change

 

Forecasting Climate Change

by Amy Lignor

As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming.

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As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? What impacts will occur next year? There are a list of questions, as always, but the only fact that never changes is that humans and the trouble we are causing is the main source of global warming.

Evidence is produced showing that changes in weather, oceans and ecosystems/habitats, come from natural causes, but the evidence is not prevalent. Human activities include releasing billions of tons of carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere each and every year. Climate changes will not cease, seeing as that the more greenhouse gases we emit, the larger future climate change problems will become.

It’s important to note that the global average temperature has increased by more than 1.5°F, with some regions of the world warming more than twice that amount. Greenhouse gases and their build-up are responsible for a list of troubles: from temperatures and precipitation patterns to the melting of glaciers to shifts in ecosystems that have negatively affected the length of growing seasons and the migration of birds.

The EPA is not uncaring or silent about this problem. It was just recently, in 2016, that the EPA launched an online portal that actually provides local leaders with information and tools that will better equip them to handle climate changes. Based on the area they live in, this online service (Adaptation Resource Center/ARC-X) provides users with the info pertaining to their specific areas and concerns.

People may roll their eyes at this –i.e., “more useless government spending.” But the fact is this site is more than necessary. Recent statistics proved that the federal government incurred more than $357 billion in direct costs due to extreme weather conditions, storms, and fires over the past 10 years. Climate change is also expected to bring about highly significant financial challenges to everyone. Which is why the EPA designed ARC-X to help all local government officials.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, stated that: “From floods and droughts to dangerous heat islands and other public health effects, communities are facing the very real impacts of climate change. ARC-X is a powerful new tool that can help local governments continue to deliver reliable, cost-effective services even as the climate changes.”

The system is not only about telling people what is coming in regards to dangerous weather or the ill effects of climate change, it actually guides people through the process of how best to adapt to the changes that have already come about. They can adapt and address their specific risks and problems, and read case studies done on towns and communities that have already successfully adapted, so others may learn from them.

Yes, no matter who sits in the chair in The White House, climate change and ecosystem issues will continue. And, yes, there will be money spent in many areas in an attempt to stop what seems to be a constantly-increasing problem that will continue to get worse until we learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We have done good work, thus far. From wind energy to solar shields to environmental projects that are saving trees, forests and better serving industry, work is most certainly being done correctly. But more has to happen. Global warming was projected to not only continue during the 21st century, but intensify. Therefore, the most aggressive action needs to be taken by us – the world’s population – in order to literally save this planet for the next generation to be able to “breathe” a little easier.

Source:  Baret News

 

Separating Fiction in this Time of Natural Disasters

 

Separating Fiction in this Time of Natural Disasters

by Amy Lignor

 

There is always fact versus fiction when speaking about the news. Why else would the entertainment industry be so interesting if not for exaggeration, let alone outright lies being told. But there are those who have become fearful at “signs” that they believe are happening, telling them that the “end” is definitely on its way. Before getting scared, it is important to realize that there are natural reasons behind these hazards, dangers and oddities – reasons that are related to the very factual world of weather.

 

Weather is full of oddities, and everything from climate change to manmade issues are spawning disasters. From quakes to tsunamis to volcano’s erupting, there are absolute facts behind them all. And there always has been.

 

Just recently, the Tower of the Winds opened to the public for the first time in more than 200 years in Athens, Greece. This was literally the world’s first weather station, dating back to more than 2,000 years. Used by merchants to tell the incoming weather conditions as well as the time their goods would be delivered, in the light of day or dark of night, the Tower of the Winds still resides on a slope leading up to the ancient Acropolis.

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Tower of the Winds, Athens

The astronomer Andronikos of Cyrrhus is given the credit for its construction, yet no one to this day knows how the instrument actually worked. The fully-preserved roof made of 24 marble slabs, could have held at one time a bronze wind vane. Beneath is a frieze depicting the wind gods of Greek mythology, and beneath that can be seen the lines of a sundial.

 

Mysteries surround it on every side. Back in the day, although this utilitarian structure helped people with time and weather, they still had their own ideas about the gods and how begging the gods for help could possibly ward off bad weather. Back then that theory did not work either. Why is that? Because Mother Nature, although far from being biblical, has no rhyme or reason and mankind has a difficult time predicting it.

 

Already, however, the predictions have been made. There have been warnings of what will occur between now and the year 2050. It’s important to remember that every single year brings about brand new hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Although some areas see them more often than others, extreme weather conditions can crop up anywhere at any time.

 

Scientific evidence has stated a variety of “disasters” just waiting to occur. When it comes to fire, environmental scientists from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) already predicted that U.S. wildfire seasons will end up being three weeks longer by 2050 and will burn larger portions of the West every year. The reason behind this is scientific fact, not biblical. A gradual climate change has raised the Earth’s temperature, creating conditions that spawn bigger and fiercer wildfires. The ironic part about this, they say, is that good, old “Smokey the Bear” and other campaigns have made this worse. By stopping all natural fires that clear the underbrush out of forests, there’s far more to burn when one begins. Fear is not needed here. This is not Hell on Earth; it is simply a fact that comes when there’s negligence.

 

When talk about future quakes across the globe comes up, it is the Chilean earthquake back in 2014 that leads scientists to predict that a magnitude 8.5 or larger earthquake will occur in Chile in the future. Is this a “sign?” No. This earthquake actually came from a place where one tectonic plate (the Nazca Plate) is actually falling underneath another (The South American Plate.) This place also lies in the “Ring of Fire,” which is an area in the Pacific Ocean that holds 75 percent of the world’s active volcanoes.

 

Closer to home, various agencies have predicted that an 8.0–9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami will occur off the coast of Oregon before 2050. A “sign” from above? Not at all. This quake was called for back in 2010 because of the movement of the tectonic plates.

 

Warnings of catastrophes are normal. From earth to wind to fire to water, they have been around since Nostradamus left behind his own predictions in the vaguest language he could have used to frighten everyone. But before letting the fear sink in, remember that weather – all throughout history – has been unpredictable. Yet when natural disasters do occur, there is factual science behind each one to prove what happened and why. And in some cases, mankind can fix it. A vigil is not needed here. By working harder to save the environment all around us, climate change could become a thing of the past.

 

Source:  Baret News

FEMA Says: Open Your Eyes or…No Cash

 

FEMA Says: Open Your Eyes or…No Cash

by Amy Lignor

The horrible news coming out of South Florida is endless, as sea water enters and overpowers the Biscayne Aquifer. Salt water has already been recorded as being located six miles inland in Broward County, but is not likely to stop there. It’s not only the
South Florida, FEMA, Biscayne Aquifer, Broward County, drinking water, climate changefact that this is a highly populated area, it is also a fact that ninety percent of all South Florida receives its drinking water from underground, most coming from the Biscayne Aquifer.

Governor Scott, however, a man who thus far has not been all that interested in speaking about the “reality” of a world going through “climate change,” is now more than a bit worried. He states that this is “threatening the habitability of a region of close to 6 million of your fellow Floridians.” Yet, being angry or upset now may be too late for Governor Scott, considering it’s a fact that by taking no action when it comes to climate issues and sustainability, funds and any other aid that states would usually receive from FEMA will no longer be available to them. Why is that?

 

The federal government said they will not give out any money to any state that does not plan for climate change. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated its guidelines for state disaster preparedness plans. Under the new policy, plans will only be approved—which means federal funds will only be appropriated—if a state addresses the fact that climate change exists. And not only address that fact, but also show that they are working in many areas to try and stop their state’s human population, animal population and land itself, from being harmed in any way.

 

The guidelines clearly state: “The challenges posed by climate change, such as more intense storms, frequent heavy precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels, could significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards impacting states in the future.” FEMA’s guidelines go on to explain to each individual state that they must “assess vulnerability, identify a strategy to guide decisions and investments, and implement actions that will reduce risk, including impacts from a changing climate.”

 

FEMA actually allocates an average of $1 billion per year to disaster preparedness programs. Yet these are now funds that states won’t receive (no matter how much it’s needed) if they refuse to comply with the guidelines. (*Disaster relief funds, such as damage done by Mother Nature’s hurricanes, and so on, are not included in this cash allotment.)

 

A recent report: Climate Change AND Sea-Level Rise in Florida, is a full-blown report showing how badly the problems occurring there will affect Florida’s urban populations, economy, ecosystems and coasts. The Biscayne Aquifer is normally recharged by rainfall and the freshwater Everglades, yet it (and other coastal aquifers) are already experiencing saltwater intrusion. Rising sea levels will increase hydraulic backpressure on coastal aquifers, reduce groundwater flow, and allow this creeping salt water front to move further inland and cause an even greater mess. Everything from the Pensacola Bay and St. Johns River watersheds; to southern Florida, from Palm Beach to Miami, the Florida Keys, Naples, and Fort Myers are right in the line of this salt water intruding on their freshwater supplies.

 

With a sea level rise of approximately 6 inches, the heads of Florida will have to implement strategies ranging from water conservation and wastewater reuse, recovery and recharge to creating alternative water supplies. In addition, desalination practices will have to be done, seeing as that the salt content will also leak into sewer collection systems and damage all wastewater treatment operations.

 

Although Florida may be the state under scrutiny at the moment because of this issue they face, it is important to understand that if your particular home state is being run by people who are not interested, or simply not “buying” the facts of climate change, and nothing is done, then the normal aid that the federal government gives will no longer be available for clean-up.

 

Source:  Baret News

The Best in Sustainable Architecture for 2016

 

The Best in Sustainable Architecture for 2016

by Amy Lignor

 

With each new day, each new climate change report, each new testament that the Federal government will no longer help an individual state if the states don’t realize that climate change is a serious issue, more and more people are starting to understand that the world around us needs human help in order to continue to grow and stay healthy for the next generation.

 

Just this week the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected and released their list of the “2016 Top Ten” projects when it comes to sustainable architecture/eco design. A list that is sure to increase in size as all states hop on board the “sustainability train.”

 

COTE is now operating in its twentieth year, and in those two decades has outpaced the industry by virtually every standard when it comes to sustainable architecture and the best in environmental projects. Enhancing the environment by using a recipe of building materials, natural systems, and technology being integrated together, COTE’s design projects are virtually amazing, with more and more states needing to get in on the act in order to make a cleaner world.

 

Among the top ten is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An education, research and administration facility located at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the CSL is the “greenest building in the world.” Generating all its own energy, treating all storm and sanitary water captured on-site, it is the first structure to meet four of the highest green certifications available.

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Phipps Conservatory

In San Francisco, the Exploratorium at Pier 15 is an interactive science museum that demonstrates innovation and sustainability. Taking full advantage of the historic Pier 15’s natural lighting, and the 800-foot-long roof, a 1.3 megawatt photovoltaic array is part of the architecture. The water of San Fran Bay is used for cooling and heating, and the building materials that were used are durable enough to withstand any harsh maritime climate.

 

Also found in San Francisco are the Rene Cazenave Apartments. What was once a parking lot and freeway off-ramp, these apartments are a true healthy living alternative that provide residents with filtered ventilation, reduced energy costs received by a combination of ample daylight, high efficiency lighting and hydronic heating, as well as a solar canopy on the roof with both hot water and photovoltaic panels.

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Rene Cazenave Apartments

The Lone Star State of Texas offers the H-E-B at Mueller in Austin, which is an 80M+ square-foot retail store and fresh food market serving 16 neighborhoods. Using integrated chilled water HVAC and refrigeration systems, it has the first North American supermarket propane refrigeration system, optimized daylighting of the facility, a roof-top solar array, and more.

 

While in Decatur, Texas, the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion is also on the list. A multi-functional education and meeting center, it supports the mission of the Dixon Water Foundation to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management.

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Entrance to the Josey Pavilion (Photo by Casey Dunn)

The Visual Arts Facility in Laramie, Wyoming provides a teaching and learning environment that’s both state-of-the-art in occupational safety, as well as in its ideas and thoughts on how to discharge pollutants. The roof is built with one of the largest solar evacuated tube installations in the United States that help the hydronic radiant floors, domestic hot water, and pretreat the outside air.

 

In addition, the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library in Berkeley, California, received its own spot in the “Top Ten.” The brand new, 9,500-square-foot structure is the first certified Living Building Challenge, zero net energy, public library in California. 97% of the time, the library is day-lit, with an innovative wind chimney providing cross-ventilation while protecting the library’s interior from street noise.

 

As time moves on, the number of sustainable building projects will grow. It will be interesting to see what states hurry up to join Texas and California (who just happen to be ahead) in making sustainable buildings a common development on every street corner.

Source:  Baret News

Could Environmental Issues & a Lazy Government Destroy Another Artifact?

 

Could Environmental Issues & a Lazy Government Destroy Another Artifact?

by Amy Lignor

 

We watch this happen every single day: a river dries up, a land mass is destroyed, animals are found dead because of habitats lost, food sources gone – and all of these things are being caused by
environmental destruction that can be stopped, if only a lazy government would listen. This time around the subject becomes even greater, however, as the world watches the largest “living thing on Earth” head toward complete devastation.

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Off the coast of Queensland, Australia, lies the Great Barrier Reef: the ecosystem that includes hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. Visible from space, the Reef plays home to fish, mollusks, turtles, starfish, sharks, dolphins – the species are too endless to name. Yet, reports now clearly show that climate change will make the Great Barrier Reef literally disappear.

 

More frequent and more severe, the Reef’s bleaching events in the coming years are being seen as tragic. With climate change warming the ocean, we are looking at “an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth.” The pain is evident; reports show that only fifty percent of the impacted corals are expected to survive – in some areas, only ten percent. Yet despite the Australian government agreeing to these reports and willing to speak about how to help halt this injustice, they still refuse to stop using coal.

 

For those who are unaware of what “bleaching” is, the process occurs when water is too warm. As the water gets overly warm, corals expel the algae living in their tissues and causes the reefs to turn completely white. Aerial checks are constantly being made in Australia, with more than 900 reefs along the site already showing ninety percent of coral located north of Port Douglas now white, as well as ten percent of the Reef located south of Mackay. Already losing upwards of fifty percent of coral cover in just the past 30 years, scientist’s show that this most recent bleaching event is the third mass destruction to be seen in just 15 of those years.

 

Although the situation seems too far gone to stop, the truth is that this vital ecosystem can be saved. But not easily. The Great Barrier Reef is one of, if not the, world’s most diverse ocean habitat. Not only does it take care of hundreds of species, it also produces more than $5 billion in tourism revenue. Yet, despite these incredible numbers, the Australian government approved a massive new coal mine in Queensland that will be an added threat to the total destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. With more coal production, the country’s emissions will rise. Only a complete end to coal expansion and exports will allow this nightmare to stop.

 

There is no time left to sit back and “discuss” what happens in the future or how to “attempt” to move towards a fossil-free world. The continued use of fossil fuels will bring about the worst global coral bleaching on record, annihilating an ecosystem that has to be maintained. Scientists are once again screaming at the government to get their message heard. This is not only a famous site on the map, the Great Barrier Reef is a necessity for survival that must be kept intact.

 

But with mass bleaching occurring every two years, by 2034 it looks like the Great Barrier Reef will become a completely “dead” artifact. Unless a government listens and takes action.

Source:  Baret News

Climate Change Issue Reveals a “Turn” of Events

 

Climate Change Issue Reveals a “Turn” of Events

by Amy Lignor

 

The lessons, theories and actually proof given in regards to climate change and how it is becoming more and more frightening, are being talked about everywhere. There are still those who believe that “climate change” is actually not real; that nothing is truly getting worse, whether it be by nature’s hand, expanding human climate change, Earth wobble, NASA, green tipspopulations, or increasing industry. NASA, however, has just come out with a statement that may turn those disbelievers into ones who want to know more.

 

A dramatic shift in the Earth’s axis, the polar motion that is actually attributed to the impact humans are having by not coming together and doing their part to stop climate change, has been seen. With the irresponsibility of some, global warming is actually changing the way the Earth “wobbles” on its axis.

 

With the bulk being in Greenland, the constantly melting masses of ice are slowly changing the distribution of weight upon the planet. This action has caused the North Pole’s motion to change course. There are scientists who say the shift is harmless: a scientist who was not actually part of the NASA study says it is, “just another interesting effect of climate change.” But it most definitely has meaning to a great many others.

 

Since 2003, Greenland has seen the loss of more than 272 trillion kgs of ice a year. Added to that, West Antarctica loses 124 trillion while East Antarctica gains about 74 trillion kgs of ice annually, causing the “wobble” to tilt even more. Although science has not found the answers as this world watches and wonders exactly what would occur if the globe tilted in a new direction or at a new angle, each human can most definitely do small jobs to keep anything that may be bad from happening. Make sure to understand that with each “oddity” that climate change brings, weather forecasts turn even stranger. Perhaps during our great-grandchildren’s lifetimes the facts may be that the East Coast knows nothing about snow, whereas the Hawaiian Islands are being buried in it.

 

Burning fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline) raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is a huge contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Each one of us can help reduce the demand for fossil fuels by using energy more wisely.

 

Recycling is something a majority does, everything from aluminum cans to newspaper, plastic and glass. If there isn’t a recycling program available at your place of work, school, or in your neighborhood, ask about starting one up. It is a fact that by recycling only half of your household waste, 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide can be saved annually just by you and the family.

 

Heating and air conditioning units are also impossible. The bills become astronomical to the point where most beg to see the spring and fall in hopes that the temperatures give them a break. But, with a planet actually “wobbling” on its axis, those temperatures may just turn into a new horror. Just by adding insulation to both walls and attic, and installing weather stripping around doors and windows, heating costs drop more than 25 percent. Turning down the heat and/or air conditioning while sleeping at night or away during the day can keep temperatures moderate at all times, and save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

 

An easy thing to do? You know the old joke about the lightbulb? Well, replacing just one 60-watt regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) or LED bulb, can give back on average $15 in savings annually.

 

Driving smart and driving less means giving off fewer emissions, saving gasoline, getting some exercise and easily reducing your carbon footprint. And when you do have to take the car, make sure it’s efficient on the roads. Good tires improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent, and every gallon of gas saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

 

Saving on hot water in the house, and planting a tree outside, are also two easy ways to do a huge job to help stop global warming. In the end, sharing information and encouraging your neighborhood to do their own small piece for the world is the best thing.

 

Like the old children’s toy, our globe can “wobble,” but with our help and support we can come together to make sure it doesn’t “fall down.”

Source:  Baret News

If ‘Green’ is Not Taken Seriously ‘White’ Will Take Over

 

If ‘Green’ is Not Taken Seriously ‘White’ Will Take Over

~ Samantha Lewis

 

Climate change is an issue that comes and goes in the headlines. At some points throughout the past and present the faltering climate is major news, with people like Al Gore attempting to shine the spotlight on the huge problems that mankind has created that brought havoc to Mother Nature. At other times, the headlines are so difficult to handle in other areas that climate change – and the debate on whether or not it’s even a reality – takes a backseat.

A winter storm hit areas south of Buffalo, New York during the third week of November, 2014, bringing lake-effect snow to the region. Some areas received over five feet of snow, with some reports exceeding seven feet.
A winter storm hit areas south of Buffalo, New York during the third week of November, 2014, bringing lake-effect snow to the region. Some areas received over five feet of snow, with some reports exceeding seven feet.

Look at the pictures… The incredible snow white images of Buffalo and the surrounding areas certainly thrusts climate change back into the public minds. Yes, it is definitely a fact that northern New York state, as well as places like Fargo, ND, Green Bay, WI, etc., are known for their snow and ice. Their winters are the epitome of a polar vortex that causes horror in many lives when it comes to rooftops caving in, car accidents on ice-covered roads, and a constant snowfall that locks people into their houses only to have to deal with a warm-up the next day which causes major flooding.

But when a pro football team that actually lives and reigns in Buffalo has to vacate their own stadium and play a game somewhere else because the snow is so horrific they can’t stay in their home base, than this ‘normal’ winter weather escalates into some major concerns that have people on edge wondering what’s about to be delivered over the next few months.

When speaking about New York, the experts call it a mega storm, with totals that are ridiculously high (70 to 100 inches in some areas). This is a direct result of lake-effect snowfall that is not about to end anytime soon. Although temps warm up, the climate change condition causing the lake-effect snow continues on, with Mother Nature expected to deliver feet after feet of snow for the rest of the winter.

There is a book that people still rely on; a book published long ago for the farm and ranch people in order to prepare for what was coming. This,

2014_ofa_cvr1_rgbThe Old Farmer’s Almanac, is still printed to this day (and still holds a record for 80+% accuracy when it comes to forecasts). According to the Almanac, this winter will be arctic blast upon arctic blast with above-normal snowfall across the nation. After Buffalo’s storm, I would say they are still very much correct in their estimations. From blizzards to continued droughts; from tornado activity to hurricanes, everyone must be prepared.

But here is where the oddity of climate change comes into play. California will most likely stay in a drought condition even though they will see some winter downfalls off and on. This is just one area that confuses people: After all, how on earth does it make sense that having more snow will come with an ever-increasing warm climate? The answers are a bit hard to follow:

Warmer climate is from warmer water in Lake Erie. Arctic warming will be caused by a jet stream pushing unseasonably arctic air into the eastern U.S. Strange cold air masses mixed with unusually warm lake water temps will cause an extreme temperature change of approximately 45-50 degrees between the lake surface and the air. Just attempting to understand this is like figuring out why on earth people throw themselves into speed-dating.

Fall was slow to arrive, but in the Northeast winter will bring about some huge snow amounts…Buffalo and what happened this past week is only a preview. But the South will not be left untouched. In fact, ice storms and snow events are on tap to cause everything from the Tennessee Valley to Florida some severe annoyance. With constant back-and-forth temperatures, this is one winter season that will most likely make the history books in many ways under many categories.

Can climate change be turned around? Is it too late to fix or at least better the errors we’ve made when it comes to industry, gas, oil, pollution, suburbanization, etcetera, in order to correct the climate? Some say yes; others still believe that we (mankind) had no control over what’s happening now. And still others laugh climate change off as being nothing more than a political issue that people use in order to get elected.

No matter what your belief may be, the weather that’s coming in for 2015 is about to prove that Mother Nature is still in charge; and if we don’t start taking this seriously we may just find ourselves attempting to survive on a dying planet.

 

Earth_Eastern_HemisphereSource: Baret News Wire