Monday, March 07, 2005

Monday's News: Global Warming on the Sound, Revitalization on Narragansett Bay

Signs of global climate change in the Northeast? The temperature of Long Island Sound rose 1.6 degrees between 1880 and 2001. Annual rainfall increased in the region by 8.4 inches between 1900 and 2000. Intense storms are happening more frequently. Sea level has risen about 16 inches in Boston and New York since 1850. So says a new study by the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and an advocacy group called Clean Air-Cool Planet. The study will be discussed at a daylong program (titled Global Warming Indicators and Coastal Impacts in Connecticut) tomorrow at UConn's Avery Point campus, in Groton. Here's a PDF with details. The New Haven Register had a story yesterday.

In Providence, Save the Bay is opening new a Explore the Bay Education Center on the city's waterfront. ProJo covered a media-and-politicians-event yesterday. For those who haven't been there, by the way, Providence is a much nicer town than you would expect.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it is true that the earth's temperature has increased as of late, it doesn't appear to be outside of the natural fluctuations that occur over centuries. Realize that several centuries ago, people were growing olives in Germany.

As for sea level, one cannot help but notice that much of the land in Florida consists of coral. Since coral doesn't grow above sea level,it must have been much higher at one time. Again, we have to look at natural fluctuations.

While there are a number of good reasons for reducing emissions into air, global warming may not be the "Sword of Damocles" that the majority of the media portrays it to be.

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