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Remembering Hurricane Katrina – the Signs of Global Warming

Hurricane Katrina – Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Source: NBC, USA Today
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Do you know of anyone impacted by Hurricane Katrina? Do you know of anyone who relocated because of Hurricane Katrina? What does extreme weather look like where you live? Did you know that extreme weather is a sign of global warming?

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New Orleans still ‘a work in progress’ 14 years after Hurricane Katrina

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Posted Aug 29, 2019
Source: Penn Live, Patriot News
Deb Kiner | dkiner@pennlive.com

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2005.

Katrina, a category 3 storm when it landed in Louisiana, was 400 miles wide and had winds of 100 mph to 140 mph.

The damage was extensive – 85 percent of New Orleans, La., was under water after the levee system failed.

The day before the storm arrived, the mayor of New Orleans had issued the city’s first-ever mandatory evacuation order. The Superdome was designated as a “shelter of last resort.” More than 10,000 people sought shelter there.

Still, tens of thousands of people chose to remain in their homes.

According to history.com, it had already been raining heavily in New Orleans before the hurricane hit.

Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed and more than 1,800 people died.

Katrina also did substantial damage in Mississippi and Alabama.

The damage estimate from the storm topped $100 billion. According to FEMA, Katrina was “the costliest hurricane in U.S. history.”

The Coast Guard rescued around 34,000 people in New Orleans. Private citizens also used boats to help in rescues and offered food and shelter to people who were displaced.

The federal government, however, seemed unprepared for the storm. From history.com, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took days to establish operations in New Orleans, and even then did not seem to have a sound plan of action.

Officials, even including President George W. Bush, seemed unaware of just how bad things were in New Orleans and elsewhere: how many people were stranded or missing; how many homes and businesses had been damaged; how much food, water and aid was needed. Katrina had left in her wake what one reporter called a ‘total disaster zone’ where people were ‘getting absolutely desperate.’

For one thing, many had nowhere to go. At the Superdome in New Orleans, where supplies had been limited to begin with, officials accepted 15,000 more refugees from the storm on Monday before locking the doors. City leaders had no real plan for anyone else. Tens of thousands of people desperate for food, water and shelter broke into the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center complex, but they found nothing there but chaos.

Meanwhile, it was nearly impossible to leave New Orleans: Poor people especially, without cars or anyplace else to go, were stuck. For instance, some people tried to walk over the Crescent City Connection bridge to the nearby suburb of Gretna, but police officers with shotguns forced them to turn back.”

Hundreds of thousands of people who had been evacuated scattered around the United States to resettle and never returned.

“According to The Data Center, an independent research organization in New Orleans, the storm ultimately displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region,” from history.comhttps://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Afterward, all levels of government – state, local and federal – were criticized for the now only slow response but also inadequate response.

The director of FEMA, Michael Brown, was forced to resign.

The New Orleans Police Department superintendent also resigned.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco did not seek re-election and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted in 2014 of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

A U.S. Congress investigation spawned some reforms including “a requirement that all levels of government train to execute coordinated plans of disaster response.”

A Habitat for Humanity volunteer with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nicolette Santos, reported this spring, “The rebuilding of New Orleans, 14 years after the hurricane’s landfall, is still a work in progress.”

What does extreme weather look like where you live? How long has this extreme weather been happening? What were the results of extreme weather in your area?

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California Wildfires and Climate Change

California Wild Fires and Climate Change
Source: The Guardian
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

California has been experiencing drought as well as wildfires for some time. Indeed, several states and areas experience their own type of extreme weather unique to their geographical area. What area do you live in? What would you say are the extreme weather conditions unique to your area? How long have you lived in your areas? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Global Warming

Climate Change / Global Warming
Source: NASA
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

So, what are the health implications for humans when the earth warms up and loses ice as we can clearly see above? The list is endless. One of the most profound examples we received is considering how the temperature can affect your health. As the earth warms one of the things that occurs is extreme weather including extreme cold and hot temperatures but also storms. A few degree changes in our body temperature can send us to the hospital with a list of health complications which can become chronic if exposed to over time.

We are located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA where we experience flooding among other signs of global warming. Where are you located? What types of extreme weather or weather challenges do you face in your area? What does the weather person have to say in your area about the climate conditions in your area? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Our Environment and Aerosol Black Carbons

Aerosols and Climate Change
Source: NASA
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

According to NASA “There is only one aerosol — soot, also known as black carbon — that actually helps contribute to global warming by boosting the warming effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In the US, diesel vehicles are the major source of soot, and filters on exhaust pipes can help reduce the amount that they pump into the air. In terms of sulfate aerosols, which are created by sulfur dioxide given off by power plants, the US and Europe have very successfully used sulfur dioxide scrubbers in power plants to reduce these emissions over the past 20 years or so. But we can definitely do more.

By reducing aerosol (soot) emissions, we can buy ourselves some climate time — about 5 to 10 years — while we work on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in parallel. CO2, you see, hangs around in the atmosphere for an extremely long time, from decades to centuries, so even if we implement cuts today, it will take years for them to take effect. Aerosols, on the other hand, have much shorter lifetimes. If we work to reduce soot emissions now, which can enhance the global warming effect of CO2 by 20-50 percent, the climate impacts will be felt more rapidly.”

According to Bureau of Transportation Statistics “In 2014, over 16.4 million passenger cars and light trucks were sold in the United States [USDOC BEA 2015]. Diesel-powered cars accounted for about 3 percent of total auto sales in the United States, which is considerably lower than 50 percent in Europe [LUSSENHOP 2015]. In 2014, Volkswagen accounted for more than half of U.S. diesel car sales (figure 2) with diesel version of just three models—the Jetta, Passat, and Golf [COBB 2015].”

Did you know these Volkswagens were diesel vehicles? How do you think we (U.S.) is doing on lowering aerosol black carbon? How can we do better? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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The Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We have personally been to Norfolk VA Botanical Gardens several times for several occasions as well as just to go! The Botanical Gardens are beautiful every time. No time is like the other because there is always something beautifully different in bloom in the garden not to mention its beautiful statues and fountains. To learn more about the Botanical Gardens or to plan your next visit: click here. The garden is a stones throw from the Norfolk International Airport and are especially nice in the Spring and Summer as one might imagine. Take plenty of photos, as if you could resist, and share them with the community by emailing them to us and we will post them. Tell us all about your trip by posting here and sharing it with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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