Katrina and Rita in Context

Miesler, Peter
November 2005
Humanist;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p5
This article encourages U.S. citizens to recognize that weather is a powerful entity that has only begun to barge into the American way of life. This recognition has been missing from the recent news coverage in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina's and Rita. While the media discusses global changes in terms of global averages, keep this in mind: there is no average patch of ground or water on this planet. Pollutants are not added as amorphous averages. They are injected into the fabric of our atmosphere as ribbons of varying concentrations and volumes. It is true that today scientists have convincing evidence that some global areas are experiencing a warming trend, while others are experiencing a cooling trend. There is nothing reassuring about this.


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