We’ve never really had a problem with severe storms where I live in Long Island, but in the last 2 years we’ve had 2 evacuations as well as several hurricane and tornado warnings. My house has never flooded before, but Hurricane Sandy has put my entire backyard underwater, broke our dock, and flooded the streets high enough so that salt water is pouring into my parents cars through the doors into the interior as well as into the engine. I know one storm cannot be attributed to climate change, but the persistent extreme weather is a sign.Connect the dots!
In one of the oldest towns of Nepal, climate change is threatening a way of life that generations of people have come to accept. Panauti was popular for fish few decades ago and was rich in water resources. But now the rivers are dry. Panauti, a quaint little town is rich in fertile land with agriculture being the main occupation of the people. But over the past few years, the monsoons are shifting patterns and are quite erratic while temperatures are increasing every year, a symptom of global warming that many parts of South Asia are experiencing. Dried up and polluted rivers of Panauti has put the fishing communities in jeopardy.
HAMRO PANAUTI (www.hamropanauti.com.np)
The Battle of Nashville takes on new meaning as folks connect the dots between global warming, atmospheric carbon, and severe weather events like the May 2010 floods that caused tiny Richland Creek running underneath Charlotte Ave. to become a raging river over the top and shutting down this major thoroughfare.
Connecting the dots on climate change at the graduation ceremony of Western State College in Gunnison, CO. Colorado has experienced severe droughts, and the most notable effect of this is the mass die-off of piñon pine trees due to a beetle that began killing the trees because they were weakened from drought.
The Winooski River is the 2nd largest water drainage system in Vermont. It starts high in the Green Mountains, cascading down small brooks, winds through farmland, and finally empties into the majestic Lake Champlain. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, I was blown away by how the usually slow and meandering river had turned into a frothing, chocolate torrent. This photo is just above the Winooski Dam and just about everything you can imagine built up behind it during the flooding. I saw propane canisters, garbage cans, lots of tires, and even dead livestock and wildlife. But the most shocking element I noticed that day was the pungent and acrid smell of nitrogen fertilizer - the air was thick with it. As the Winooski spilled over its banks onto neighboring farmland, conventional pesticides were washed downstream, ultimately ending up in Lake Champlain.
This is a video of the flooding Montpelier, Vermont experienced in May of 2011. Less than six months later, we were under water again with the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. We counted ourselves lucky the second time, because with Irene we had a couple day’s warning, so people could prepare. The May storm was a lot worse because it was a surprise, and happened mostly in the middle of the night. In the photo, I’m standing in Montpelier, although the flooding was over by the time it was taken.