Hurricane Sandy and Global Warming

If you live on the east coast you are aware of the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The shoreline in the northeast was completely destructed and altered from the wrath of mother nature. Today contributions and efforts to reconstruct public and private properties are still in need. The direction and size of this super storm had many scientists and east coast civilians concerned and questioning why was this storm so large? Journalist Rob Williams from The explains the description of Hurricane Sandy, “The storm has 175 miles of hurricane force winds stretching out from its centre, combined with tropical storm force winds extending 520 miles”.

The distress from this disaster will not only affect American coastlines, but also in time will destroy other shorelines around the globe. One of the main leads that scientists are relating to the strength of Hurricane Sandy is global warming. As our earth takes in constant CO2 emissions and greenhouses gases our atmosphere becomes considerably warmer. From this ice caps are melting at an increased rate, which in result creates ocean tides to rise. This is one effect from global warming that scientists are linking to the strength of Sandy. The Huffinton post online stated “There are three different ways climate change might have influenced Sandy: through the effects of sea level rise; through abnormally warm sea surface temperatures; and possibly through an unusual weather pattern that some scientists think bore the fingerprint of rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice.” While the argument is relevant that the earth is warming naturally though earth cycles the pollution that we emit on a daily basis is not helping.

Some may not believe global warming is an issue, but there is no disagreement on the fatalities and damage that Sandy accomplished. The list is extensive and the results are gruesome to what happened last fall. One hundred and Ten mortalities occurred due to accidents related to the storm. The 90-mile an hour gusts and H2O submerged nearly all shorelines, and destroyed towns. Allen Breed and Tom Hays from the Huffington post stated “8.2 million people across the East were without power. Airlines canceled more than 15,000 flights around the world.”

Overall, the consequences of Hurricane Sandy were detrimental to many Americans in the east coast. From the cumulative heat and pollution within the atmosphere and the chain reaction in the rising of the oceans will only increase the occurrence of super storms around the world. This is an issue that we must accept and learn how to prevent so that future generations do not have to live in a world of extreme danger within natural disasters.


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Germany’s Innovative Approach to a Clean Future


One of the largest conflicts that we are faced with today is how to create efficient clean energy, and reduce the ecological footprint we leave on earth. Germany has been working on this challenging adjustment since 1991. This country has proven to be an exceptional role model for the change that many hope to see in the world.

The transformation of Germany’s energy sector has taken place for many years now. However, this “energy turn” has shown to be successful from the years active, along with being interesting and exciting. Hardy Graupner stated in “What exactly is Germany’s ‘Energiewende’?” “The government made it clear that it would stick to the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 (compared with 1990 levels) and by 80 percent by 2050.”

Germany is exceeding any other industrialized nation by vetoing nuclear power plants, and taking advantage of renewable resources. The best alternative in Germany to nuclear power is wind energy. Gero Rueter exemplified in his article “Wind Energy Blowing Away Nuclear Power” on

“Wind energy supplies 3 percent of global electricity needs and will soon supply more electricity than nuclear power. In 2011, some              50 billion euros were invested in wind, leading some to say it’s cheap and creates jobs. By 2020, the share of wind energy will have risen to between 20 percent and 25 percent in Germany, according to estimates”

This milestone in German innovation has set an example for environmental responsibility, and is a plan that other industrialized countries should start to take part in. Overall, the successful energy revolution that Germany has accomplished demonstrates how possible sustainability can be in other parts of the world.



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