Storms and Ice…

As many of you may have noticed, there have been a significant number of severe storms in the past 10 years such as Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. These storms have been devastating for many people, and have destroyed homes, jobs, and lives. The question raised is “Are these storms caused by global warming, and if so is this process anthropogenic?” As of right now, we do not have an exact answer, however; many climatologists believe they have evidence that proves these storms are happening due to anthropogenic global warming. Since global warming is warming the earth,  it is warming the ocean as well. The problem is, if a storm travels through a warm patch in the ocean, it can get increasingly more violent. This means if we can reduce global warming, we are saving these horrible storms from destroying our homes, jobs and lives.

“Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe.”

National Wildlife Foundation

Another giant problem due to global warming is melting ice. Ice and glaciers in places such as Greenland, the Arctic, Alaska and the Antarctic are losing ice at a rate 5 times faster than melting in the 1990’s. To top that off, melting is happening 60% faster than the United Nations predicted it would happen in 2007 (only five years ago). At this rate, most of Florida could be under water in the next 200-300 years. The problem is, many people will not start to care about this issue until timing is way too late. If we do not take steps to stop global warming soon, it will become too late.

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8 responses to “Storms and Ice…”

  1. carolelizabethk0017 says :

    Great Post Caroline! The only thing that I would change or add to is the background of the two sides of the debate. You can include more information we have learned about the two different sides. Also, at the end I would have liked if you had talked more about your preference and your opinion on the two sides of the story. Overall it was a great post!

  2. granta0017 says :

    I really liked your post Caroline. I think this is the best post on the blog about storms and weather as apposed to people causing it. Great post overall.

  3. elizam0017 says :

    I really enjoyed reading your post! I also was wondering what percentage of scientists believe that those storms were human caused? How badly have these storms affected the economy and how much more are we destroying the environment by building them back up? Great post though!

  4. faizanb0017 says :

    While I agree with the fact that climate change may be driving these storms to become more powerful, an isolated incident such as a storm cannot be used as evidence for climate change. Climate is made up of the weather conditions of an area in over a LONG period. While we have seen a rise in hurricanes in the past few years, to say they were directly influenced by climate change doesn’t make sense. Climate change occurs over LONG periods of time, not just 1 decade. That is not to say that climate change doesn’t exist. We just need more time to see if hurricanes are influenced by climate change.

    Thanks for posting,

    Faizanb0017

  5. kmlewis1234567890 says :

    First of all, nice post! Second, when you said if we stop global warming then we could prevent these horrible storms, I kind of agree but kind of disagree. Sure it would help a little if we could slow down global warming, but it wouldn’t make that much of a difference and certainly wouldn’t stop the storms from happening.

  6. annah0017 says :

    I kind of agree with Miles. Slowing global warming wouldn’t stop the storms from happening, but it would lessen their impact. I never thought about hurricanes getting stronger over water, and what would happen if water levels rose and if the water got warmer. We might run out of names for hurricanes! But in all seriousness, we do need to think about what would happen if something like Sandy hit again… Good post!

  7. kaylac0017 says :

    Great job! I would have to agree with Miles and Anna. Many of the people that we interviewed in class said that just slowing down the process of global warming wouldn’t make tropical storms cease to exist. It will solely lessen the intensity of the storms. In the same sense, if the temperatures continue to rise the frequency of the storms won’t necessarily increase, but the intensity of them. I really enjoyed your post!

  8. ArmanV0017 says :

    I think that you were right in saying that we don’t know if global warming causes these storms because the fact is: we dont. A lot of climate scientists believe that huge storms like Katrina and Sandy aren’t necessarily caused by global warming, but that if we continue emitting pollution at our current rates, storms like these will be more and more common.

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