The United States Natural Disasters Map
- Climate changes are occurring in most countries nowadays: seasons have changed and slightly shifted to earlier or later than they used to be, or even drastically decreased (and/or even disappeared in some parts of the globe) over the last 50 years, and even more rapidly over the last 15-20 years, more especially in the northern hemisphere. Winters are warmer at the poles but much colder and snowier than they used to be in other places, or are, now, insignificant in other places where they used to be more significant or longer. Spring seems to arrive earlier in some places, and later in others. Summers are hotter than they used to be, yet dryer in some parts of the globe with longer drought periods, while more humid and generating massive storms in other parts. These changes in global, national or regional climate patterns, have been even more apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and, beside being indirectly or directly related with global warming, they have largely been attributed to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels and energies (gas, oil and coal), resulting in an accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; in turn, generating and creating new weather patterns that are less stable, and less consistent, and thus less predictable. Basically, they could be resumed as a change in the statistical properties of the climate system, caused by sudden and drastic changes of the air pressure, of the temperatures and humidity levels in the air and other intricate factors in our atmosphere, leaving us less and less chance to predict or anticipate what could happen with the weather and climate conditions in the short and long term.
- Global warming is a fact, and has been increasing slowly over the last 50 years, and more rapidly over the last 10-15 years, with each year ending up being hotter than the previous one, more especially in the Northern atmosphere, where it seems that each year breaks new highest temperatures records to date. Temperatures are now rising earlier in the year, as early as February in some places, creating the illusion that winters are shorter and bringing warmer days than usual earlier in the season, thus destabilizing the nature, which usually ends up starting its budding and bourgeoning cycle way too early, faced with increasing risks of frost due to sudden temperature drops, as, in fact, winter is not finished yet and cold is not over yet either. Summers are getting hotter and dryer in some parts and more humid in others, these unbalanced conditions create massive super storms and typhoons as well as hail storm (all of these with direct and/or indirect relation and/or even as a consequence of global warming AND climate changes of course). You can read some very interesting articles on the subject, from Insideclimatenews.org here and from Science Magazine here and also this one from climatecentral.org here (these are just a few among so many others that have been written on the subject)
- Pollution is a real disaster, a catastrophe for the environment, threatening our health and safety, and more importantly the future of the upcoming generations. As humans continue to pollute every day, and despite a minority fighting it, nothing is really done by most countries or governments to find concrete and efficient solutions for it. We have created and invented (and we still do today) without measuring or even anticipating the consequences and collateral damages of our creations and inventions in the long term. Although, nowadays, the trend is to go back to more natural methods and practices, to respect the environment and reverse the process to diminish the pollution of the air, ground and water, we continue to only develop alternatives to deal and handle the consequences, instead of tackling the problem at the source to eradicate it. Despite the fact that we are (and have been for decades) fully aware of the problem with plastics and other derivatives of fossil fuels and energies (gas, oil and coal), being none biodegradable, we still continue to produce it and in even greater quantities. And , although, we constantly see more and more campaigns and actions asking (begging I should say) us to refrain our use of plastics, to reduce the quantity and the use of single-use plastics and consequently diminish our production (or "beyond overproduction" should I say) of plastics; we continue to produce more and more plastics as they are cheaper to produce than to recycle. We are basically shooting a bullet in our own foot, while we know it hurts, but are trying to remain oblivious to the pain and suffering it causes us and ignore the loss of blood. That's crazy! Let's take fruit for example, like bananas, they are now available in supermarkets, individually wrapped up in plastic film in turn put into a plastic bag or box, isn't it insane?
- Burn them, but incinerate them pollutes the air (consequently the atmosphere)
- Bury them, but it pollutes the ground and the groundwater
- Sink them, but it pollutes the ocean, deltas and rivers and other bodies of water
|United States Natural Disasters Map courtesy of www.adt.com|
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