Observed Global Warming

Global Warming is much more than just a rise in temperature it is a change in the weather of the world. I feel that the name global warming is becoming a misnomer for the real problem… yes the world is warming up and the poles are melting but alot more atmospheric things are happening. Weather is a big indicator of what global warming is really doing to our planet.

So it may not see like global “warming” when a certain area gets more snow that ever before but the reality is that is exactly what it is. The planet is not acting the way it used to. Here are some real examples of observed changes in our environment caused by “global warming.”

I got married in 2005 a little over month after Katrina. I remember writing my shower thank your notes during the evacuation coverage on TV. I think it is safe to say that most people feel Katrina was a sign of global warming and a changing planet. I got married in the northeast (US) and had a typical wedding for those in our area so there were events for three days. Friday night was a rehearsal dinner for close family, bridal party and out of town guest… it was a sweltering 85 degrees that night easily with a humidity that made me feel like I was on my honeymoon already. The next day, the big day, it rained like the world was ending… I was blissful bride who truly had no concept of how bad the rain was eventhough there were small leaks in the ceiling of the beautiful reception hall. Guests had not told me of their hair raising ride to and from locations. I started to get a hint of what was really happening in the drive from the reception to the hotel, it was raining harder than I really even understood at the time… then it hit me… we pulled into the parking lot of the hotel and half the cars in the parking lot were underwater!!! One couple came home and their house had a few feet of water in the basement. Some family members say it rained 8 inches the day of our wedding, I find that to a bit much, but the hotel has never had their parking lot flood so it was alot.  So if that does not seem weird enough the next day it was maybe 55 degrees out… I wore a heavy sweater all day. Mind blowing just how different these three days were.  

Hurricane Kyle is another example of the big question, what is going on? How does a storm strengthen to a hurricane in the more northern Atlantic? Nova Scotia is probably not the most hurricane ready area. I know there are nor’easters…etc. but lets face it there are not may “Tropical” storms hitting Canada.

If we want to take it world wide look at Australia they have be ravaged by drought and praying for rain. How about the heat wave a few summers ago in Europe, over 30,000 people died in those heat waves.

The weather is turning more violent because of our changing atmospheric conditions. So for the people who still say there is no global warming because it snowed somewhere where it does not normally… they should realize that some day, if we do not change our ways we will be glued to the weather channel to figure out what is going on because it will not be predictable.

My Green Road Trip

No I am not doing a road trip in a hybrid or ethanol fueled vehicle… I am car pooling. I would say extreme carpooling the way this trip is turning out. 6 people need to get to Nantucket… two live in the Midwest… none of us own an SUV (can you believe it).

The four people who live in the area (a few hours away from Nantucket) are going to drive in one of our cars to the airport in Rhode Island and pick up the other two people. Then we are going to park the car at the airport and rent a car (or get a limo…looking to be cheaper?) to put us all in and get to the ferry. We will then travel with even more people to get to the island on the ferry. THEN, we will not have a car while we are there so we will walk or carpool to the events of the weekend.  Once the weekend is over we will reverse this back home.

This saves us from flying there which besides being very expensive and saves our carbon emissions that contribute a massive amount to our carbon footprint. It also saves at least two separate car loads of drivers.  There is alot to be said for this amount of savings but it does not come without alot of work. There was the coordination of our departure time to get to the airport in enough time to meet our other friends and then coordinating the ferry times…etc.

It would have been a lot easier if any of us owned an SUV because then that person would have been responsible for the driving but at least we do not guzzle gas the rest of the time. The limo is not the greenest thing we could do (it has to drive back to where it came from) but it was actually more economical than renting a larger car at the airport and parking it so we all had think about our wallets because other parts of the trip are costly (hotel, ferry, and flight for our other friends).

Planning this trip does show that some of the things that seemed expensive in the past are now part of our options like car pooling, renting a bigger car so more people can go together, and even limo rides (if we had more than 6 people involved in this plan we would have had to have gotten a limo to all fit in one car). The limo industry really needs to take notice that they have a growing market.