EUGENE, Ore. -- Never mind the local weather predictions since weather reporting is not an exact science and, say locals in the Eugene area, "the weather has just gotten a whole lot crazier."
In fact, the weather for the greater Eugene area seems to literally "be up in the air."
"Sure, they will tell you on the TV, radio or the Internet that such and such is going to happen, but with global warming it's a whole new ball game," explains Emily, a retired science teacher who says she "laughs these days when the weather comes on."
Weather getting very bad due to global warming
The melting Arctic is a ticking time bomb for the Earth’s climate – and thanks to the world’s failure to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution, the fuse has already been lit -- with scientists also warning that a warmer Arctic will produce more dangerous and “freakish” weather worldwide in 2011 and 2012.
It’s an inconvenient truth, but the world’s weather is getting much worse. In fact, weather experts at the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service here at the seaport of Newport say “it’s difficult to predict exact weather patterns these days.”
While this NOAA watches the Pacific and other bodies of water for signs of danger, Greenpeace scientists have become more vocal (if that’s possible) in 2011, stating on its website that “global warming is getting worse,” because the Arctic is melting faster than predicted. The result, say environmentalists such as former Vice President Al Gore, is global warming means the release of carbon and methane that could prove catastrophic for the world.
NOAA experts give way to “Noah’s” building their own arks for the end times
Ask locals about “Noah,” and they will tell you about NOAA’s new Marine Operations Center-Pacific that opened here in Newport, Oregon, back at the start of 2011. However, there are other local Noah’s who are building large boats in the wake of the March Tsunami that smashed the entire West coast after the massive earthquake in Japan.
For instance, Dutch builder Johan Huibers is building a modern-day Noah’s Ark. He had a dream 20 years ago that a great flood was coming, so he decided to build a giant boat modeled after Noah’s biblical boat. Seems innocent enough, and interesting. That‘s probably why NBC’s “Today” show decided to cover it recently, reports theblaze.com.
Huibers’s ark is quite interesting. For example, he’s been building his ark for three years at a cost of $1.6 million; he’s building it as close as possible to the exact specifications laid out in the Bible; it can hold 1,500 people; and it may even make an appearance at the 2012 Olympics. Unfortunately for the Netherlands, and especially the city of Dordrecht, which has been hard-hit by floods several times in its history, Huibers’ ominous dream of 20 years ago has become more of a reality. In the Oscar-winning documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ former U.S. Vice President Al Gore warned of the future melting of Greenland’s ice, which he said would be ‘absolutely devastating’ to the low-lying Netherlands,” added the recent report on theblaze.com.
Also, other environmental activists are building a replica of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat – where the biblical vessel is said to have landed after the great flood – in an appeal for action on global warming from Greenpeace.
In turn, there are TV and movie stories about regular Joe Americans who are also building Noah arks in their backyards. One such person is Daniel Bruner of Newport who said “I’ve already shown my specs on the big boat to NOAA officials in town, and they just laughed. When the big one hits, I’ll be ready and I’ll have the laughs.”
Arctic said to be melting so quickly that even top experts are stunned
Reaction to “freakish” weather – that scientists say will bring more hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, Tsunami’s and other global weather wrath from Mother Nature for these final months of 2011 and into 2012 – was recently summed up in a Rolling Stone report titled: Warming Gets Worse. The report noted that “global warming is happening even faster than experts had thought.”
“The Arctic, it turns out, is melting so quickly that even top ice experts are stunned. Just a few years ago, scientists were assuring us that we wouldn’t have an ice-free Arctic until 2100. Now the data suggests that, within a decade, there will be sailboats at the North Pole during the summer. The melting Arctic is a ticking time bomb for the Earth’s climate – and thanks to our failure to reduce greenhouse-gas pollution – the fuse has already been lit,” reported Rolling Stone that also asks the big question: “Is it too late to avert catastrophe?”
“Once the Arctic is gone, it won’t be coming back anytime soon – which is why cutting greenhouse-gas pollution now is so important,” says Ed Dlugokensky, a methane expert with NOAA, while Greenpeace notes that what’s even more alarming is the rising temperatures in the Arctic in 2011 “threaten to melt the Greenland ice sheets faster than expected.”
In addition, the United Nations climate report for 2011 predicts that the “seas would likely rise by more than 23 inches by 2100,” and thus flooding many islands and even countries; putting hundreds of millions of people worldwide at risk for death and destruction.
Global warming is a big issue that the world can’t seem to sort out
“Global warming has become perhaps the most complicated issue facing world leaders. On the one hand, warnings from the scientific community are becoming louder, as an increasing body of science points to rising dangers from the ongoing buildup of human-related greenhouse gases — produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels and forests. On the other, the technological, economic and political issues that have to be resolved before a concerted worldwide effort to reduce emissions can begin have gotten no simpler, particularly in the face of a global economic slowdown,” stated a recent New York Times report.
Global talks on climate change opened in Cancún, Mexico in late 2010 with the toughest issues unresolved, and the conference produced modest agreements. But while the measures adopted in Cancún under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changeare likely to have scant near-term impact on the warming of the planet, the international process for dealing with the issue got a significant vote of confidence. The next round of talks will take place in this December 2011 in Durban, South Africa,” added the New York Times.
Also, the New York Times reports that “at the heart of the international debate is a momentous tussle between rich and poor countries over who steps up first and who pays most for changed energy menus. In the United States, in January 2011, the Environmental Protection Agencybegan imposing regulations related to greenhouse gas emissions. The immediate effect on utilities, refiners and major manufacturers was minor, with the new rules applying only to those planning to build large new facilities or make major modifications to existing plants. Over the next decade, however, the agency plans to regulate virtually all sources of greenhouse gases, imposing efficiency and emissions requirements on nearly every industry and every region. President Barack Obamavowed as a candidate that he would put the United States on a path to addressing climate changeby reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollutants. He offered Congress wide latitude to pass climate change legislation, but held in reserve the threat of E.P.A. regulation if it failed to act. The deeply polarized Senate’s refusal to enact climate change legislation essentially called his bluff.”
Lawmakers seemed dazed and confused about what’s at stake with global warming
“GOP Representative John Shimkus insists we shouldn't concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn't happen again after the great flood,” reported London’s Daily Mail back in 2009.
“Speaking before a House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in March, 2009, Shimkus quoted Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis. He said: 'As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease,’” reported the Daily Mail, while also noting how “American lawmakers wasted years debating if global warming exists.”