After almost nine weeks in the warm state of Florida, it is time for Sue and I to return to our home in Hampshire County, West Virginia. We managed to miss much of the horrible winter weather that plagued the eastern part of our country. Despite the fact that I have thought of many clever things to write about while being down here, honestly I have been too lazy to sit down and write them. Do not fret, I will be back on track before you know it and you can log on to my site and waste as much time as you wish. Thank goodness it’s spring!!!!!!
If you ever go to Fort Myers Florida and you enjoy beautiful living things, you must go to SUNDANCE ORCHIDS and BROMELIADS and see the thousands of incredible orchids!
Sorry about not writing much, but been a little busy down here in Florida. I hope by the time you read this the last snow of the season has melted away along with this incredibly cold winter. These pictures should help you deal with the cold weather.
I am learning how to use my new chromebook….slowly.
Loving Florida and its warm weather.
For those of you who share my anti-establishment, left wing, tree loving, environmental views, here is a fantastic link you need to watchttp://www.nextworldtv.com/page/26128.htmlh.
Biking, swimming and playing tennis. Wow! Can it get any better?!
Miss the mountains and my friends.
Just wanted all three or four of my readers to know that I am alive and well. Playing tennis with Sue daily, riding my bike, (got lost yesterday) and sun bathing when ever I get a chance. Computer has died so I have not been able to write any blogs. I have a new chrome book and will begin wasting your time in short order. Anyway, I hope you all survived the snow and hopefully it is melting fast. On Monday we will continue our migration south to Clearwarter Florida.
Let’s make this simple. For our purposes, earth is a very large spaceship with many rooms. Correspondingly the sun is like a large gas furnace that can put out many gazillions of BTUs. If one part of the spaceship is too cold, then another part of the spaceship is going to be too hot. If one part of the globe is getting too much rain, then another may be experiencing a drought. Our metaphorical rooms we are in here on the east coast are currently colder than most artic regions, and accordingly, there is another place on the globe that is much hotter than normal.
All this said, the real lunacy here is that some individuals still choose to ignore the indisputable scientific research so as to take this current weather aberration as proof that global warming (which should be called global climate change) does not exist. Let’s look at the chart of earth’s temperature over the last 100 years.
As you can see from the chart, the temperature of earth has risen almost 1 degree Celsius (1.8 F) over the last 100+ years. Some people believe that this is a result of natural forces. One can not totally dismiss this idea unless one studies long-term temperature changes on our planet. With the removal of natural disasters such as volcanos, earthquakes and asteroids from the data, earth’s temperature generally changes very little over long periods of time. ‘By long periods of time’, I mean thousands of years. Most scientist believe these changes are a consequence of fluctuation or pulsations in the sun’s energy output.
Our current situation is in no way similar to the standard temperature variations that the earth has endured. For the entire earth’s temperature to rise almost 2 degrees F in 100 years is unprecedented. Even if one could find any increase in the ancient temperature data, that does show an unexplainable hike in the earths temperature similar to what we are experiencing today, this does not take into account the CO2 that we are pouring into the atmosphere in-ever increasing amounts. Everyone knows that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which traps the sun energy in the atmosphere, not allowing the natural release of energy into space, much like a very large piece of insulation that only allows energy in but not out.
As a species some of us will survive global climate change. We may have to move New York City and many other large cities inland, New Orleans will be a great scuba diving venue and weather patterns will of course change in ways we can only imagine. The ocean has already risen 1/2 foot and ice caps are melting faster than anyone predicted. Deserts will become oases and jungles will become deserts, but we are very adaptable and many of us will survive.
One last point I need to address: the concept of global dimming, a concept which very few have heard of. For the last 50+ years scientists have been conducting a simple experiment around the world. They use a large shallow metal pan and place water in it to measure the rate of evaporation, which indirectly corresponds to the amount of solar energy that reaches the ground. Over that time, it was determined that there has been a decrease in the energy reaching the earth’s surface, until 1990, when aerosols were banned worldwide. At that point in time global dimming slowly changed to what is called, global brightening. Global brightening is when more of the energy from the sun is absorbed by the earth, rather than is reflected back into space. A proposed explanation for the early decreased in solar gain is the increase in particulate matter in the atmosphere from to cars and smokestacks. In more recent times there has been a reversal in this trend as a result of fewer car and smokestack emissions, thus allowing more energy to reach the ground. Now for those of you with a nimble mind, consider the consequences of the more recent increased solar gain and increased greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Oddly enough, we may have been slowing global climate change until 1990; this being due to the fact we were dumping so much particulate matter into the air! More recently, as we continue to clean up the air, we may actually see an accelerated rise in global temperatures. And this corresponds to what the world is seeing, the ever-increasing destruction of our polar caps and rise of the ocean.
So there you have it: global climate change in a few short paragraphs! It is happening and will continue to happen and we will have to learn to accept whatever an angry Mother Nature chooses to throw our way. Current calculations say that even if we were to stop putting CO2 in the atmosphere today, it would take many years for the earth’s weather system to return to something similar to what currently exists. Meanwhile, storm and rain patterns will be altered, ocean temperatures will increase and we will be like children on a scary ride at the amusement park, always wondering what is around the next corner.
There is one doom’s day scenario that people need to know about now. There is an extremely large mass of frozen methane (methane Hydrate) at the bottom of many of our oceans. If oceans temperatures continue to rises, these large deposits will begin to melt, and that folks, will be the end of the world as we know it! The oceans will turn red and the air will become poisonous and flammable. As I stated, this could be brought on by the warming of earth’s oceans, which is exactly what we are doing. Maybe we better get busy terraforming Mars just in case!
I think it was in 1974 that I was playing guitar with a group called the GOOBER PEAS who sounded a lot like the KINGSTON TRIO. When time and money allowed, we would attend concerts of folk singers we enjoyed. Somehow we got tickets to Constitution Hall in Washington, DC to hear a group of folk musicians, including Pete Seeger, John Hartford, Don Mclean and several other big-time folk performers. The concert was staged to raise money to begin cleaning up the Potomac River, and since Pete was heavily involved in the clean up of the Hudson Bay, it seemed appropriate that he be there.
I had never seen the tall, lean Pete Seeger in concert but I must say he was mesmerizing. His relaxed, peaceful manner seemed to flood the auditorium with gentle kindness. He was the star of the show even though I believe being the star was never a feeling he strived for. At half time, my buddies Joe and John, said they had something to do and would be right back. I sat there alone recapping the first half of the show and enjoying the grand environment of Constitution Hall. Before the show began, my buddies returned to their seats with a smug look which told me they were up to something. Little did I know that they had gone back stage to played a song for Pete, John and Don that I had written. As the crowd settled into their seats in anticipation of the second half of the show, the musicians returned to the stage. Pete went to the mic, waited patiently for the crowd to settle down and then announced that he had been given a song during the break to use as the ‘clean up the Chesapeake Bay’ theme song. I thought that was such a cool thing to happen, but to my surprise, it was my song! I looked over at Joe and John who were smiling ear-to-ear and realized where they had gone during the intermission. Then, from the stage came my simple little song, sung by the entire group! That moment will live with me until I no longer breath.
It,s going down the river to the next place
It,s going down the river to the next beach
It,s going down the river
Down the river, down
The folks upstream think they got it good
they throw their trash in the river and its understood
It’s going down the river
Down the river, down
Now the folks upstream, they forgot one thing
There’s the folks upstream
Singing the same thing
It’s going down the river, down