Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Climate Change gets dicey for New York region:

 

Mostly, the New York State region has missed some of the more dramatic and immediate effects of Climate Change.  That’s because our atmosphere is a big and complex system with lots of other things affecting it, like El Nino and La Nina, besides the 1% increase in heat since the last two hundred years.  Pakistan, with last summer’s floods, Australia, where the cyclone Yasi hit in February, and Russia, the location of massive forest fires, have not been so lucky.

That New York State has only seen some lengthening of its growing season and some quirky weather and some other un-dramatic effects that we haven’t bothered to study is only chance.  Eventually, the steady increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is going make extreme weather (winds, heat, snow storms, floods, droughts) the norm everywhere—including our neck of the woods. 

This study below hints that even though we are nowhere near Antarctica, we could (according to some climate models) reap some ocean level rising at the shores of New York City because of that continent’s glacier meltings.  We aren’t in the middle of a gun battle, where there is only a high probability that we may get hit; we in the Rochester, NY region are part of the global environment that is going to feel the effects of Climate Change period—it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of looking closely and seeing what’s happening. 

You would think that if the potential of a massive sea level rise that would negatively affect our state, our state’s largest city, we would see that information, that study, mentioned in our local news.  After all, Climate Change does not discriminate against any country, or any economic system, or any amount of Climate Change denial.

BBC News - New York set to be big loser as sea levels rise "New York is a major loser and Reykjavik a winner from new forecasts of sea level rise in different regions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in 2007 that sea levels would rise at least 28cm (1ft) by the year 2100. | Of the 13 regions where the team makes specific projections, New York sees the biggest increase from the global average, although Vancouver, Tasmania and The Maldives are also forecast to see above-average impacts. " April 8, 2011) BBC News - Home

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