Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Weather Woes

Snowstorms in the Northeast

Fires in California

Typhoon in Philippines

The snowstorm that ravaged the midwest this weekend left 19 dead. Over 500,000 people were left without power and two men were found dead due to carbon monoxide poisoning after having burned coal in their home to stay warm. For the record, burning coal in your home is a bad idea and can kill you. Many sought refuge in a Red Cross warming center in St. Louis while some who failed to make it were found dead in their homes.

Complete Story: http://www.kare11.com/news/national/national_article.aspx?

Aside from weather woes in the east, fire ecologists warn that the heavy winter precipitation in California will cause landscaping to grow even more lush and thick in the spring and by late summer will serve as kindling along the borders of forests and brushlands. This proved true this year after the devastating fires of years prior contributed to landslides, human fatalities and record breaking property damage.

Complete Story: http://www.artsandmedia.net/cgi-bin/dc/newsdesk/2004/01/fire

Therefore we can expect that the devastating fires currently burning in California at this time will only impact the state with further devastation:

firefightingnews.com: December 4, 2006 California - "California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Ventura County, where a wildfire has burned more than 10,000 acres. The fire destroyed at least one home, an old building in Egg City and a farm storage building, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday. At least 250 families were forced out of their homes Sunday, although some had been able to return by Monday."

Scientist predict that climate change is contributing to the hotter and more uncontrollable fires we are experiencing now and the government has commissioned studies to predicts its further effects on our ecological systems.

Complete Story: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi75.pdf

Scientists further reveal that the burning of forest fires is creating a carbon dioxide bomb into the atmosphere adding to climate warming and further increasing the prospects of even more intense future fires creating a planetary feedback loop:

Complete Story: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/2006-07-21-wildfires-warming_x.htm

Typhoon Durian that recently hit the Philippines may have caused the death toll to rise in the thousands according to a CNN news report. Although currently the death toll is at 406 with 389 missing, the Red Cross states thousands could be buried beneath the mud.

Complete Story: http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/12/03/philippines.typhoon/index.html

So where am I going with all this? Our climate is dramatically changing and with it, more deaths are occurring and will occur. I don't believe enough attention is being focussed on the reason why we are having so many fires, landslides, record breaking snow falls and all the resulting deaths. I believe we are subtly being conditioned to accept these weather related woes as a natural process as we just roll with the punches. However, it is my ever increasing belief that there is a serious cause to the warming of our planet and the resulting effects of our weather that is not being discussed by the major media. It is also my belief that our weather will become increasingly more irratic as the cause of these calamities become unavoidably clear.

Listen to the James McCanney Science Hour: http://www.jmccanneyscience.com/sh11-30-06-7meg-MP3.ram

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New storm system approaches Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - A new storm system approaching the Philippines is on track to become the second typhoon in 10 days to batter the archipelago, as the country struggles to recover from mudslides that left more than 1,000 people dead or missing, forecasters said Thursday.