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1.13.2005

Climate change in Arctic

Scientists are worried about the affects of melting glaciers on drinking water and the mountain ecosystem in Canada. Glaciers in the Canada Rocky Mountains have melted 70% in the last 100 years. One environmental factor is the rise in temperature 1.5 degrees this century, causing a massive retreat. The affects of this have come in the form of massive summer forest fires and invasive species such as the pine beetle.

Meanwhile, California is recovering from the huge mudslides that have killed 10 people. Overall death count from the storms stands at 28. The storms are sweeping across other Western states, with Clark County in Nevada having received 40 tons of sand in preparation for mass flooding. Also, some 350 homes have been evacuated. Across Arizona, storm-related damages have totaled $6 million. A town in Utah was isolated due to flooding of both bridges that led out of town.

What these two stories are showing is that on both a micro and macro-cosmic level, nature is being forced to extremes and causing not only problems to our species, but also to the entire flow of ecosystems. What I then think, is this purely coincidental, or is there a method to the madness? Where can one look to find where the gradual steps of evolution are interrupted by a much quicker, forceful shift of the Earth's complex ecosystems? A book called "The Coming Global Superstorm", written by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber, is an excellent source of what could occur in the near future. I remember purchasing it from a local bookstore and reading it in about three days! It was a much needed eye-opener. Interestingly enough, this book was the inspiration for a recently released movie, "The Day After Tomorrow". Much of what is seen in that movie is hypothesized by Bell and Strieber as being probable, based on a wealth of data that is presented in the book. This is not to say that I endorse all that these two writers say. A sharp discernment of what is true and what is false is very important. It seems these fellas play their own part in the act of disinformation.