Warmer Can Mean Colder

<p>2008 was yet another record year for wacky weather and global warming was a significant catalyst. As the world's greatest polluter, it is sadly fitting that the United States should endure many of the greatest hardships from weather during the final month of 2008. At exactly the same time that <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/29/wyoming.avalanche" target="_blank">two consecutive avalanches near Jackson Hole, Wyoming</a> caused grave concerns in the local winter tourism industry, record flooding inflicted great hardship in the nation's midsection.</p>
<p><strong>What is going on here?</strong></p>
<p><img src="http://www.mistersustainable.com/images/avalanche-canada.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="right" /></p>
<p>Part, of course, of the cause of the horrible avalanches in Wyoming was the record accumulation of snow which much of the United States saw during a barrage of blizzards and it is the assault of wintry weather which needs examination.<br /><br />Can global warming cause killer avalanches? The simple answer is yes.<br /><br />If we intuit the climate crisis, we arrive at an apparent contraction: by definition, global warming <em>warms the globe.</em> How do we progress from that reality to rapid-fire blizzards which blanket hundreds of towns and millions of homes with several feet of snow in a week's time?</p>
<p><strong>Within the answer lies the larger cause.</strong></p>
<p>Global warming, tragic as it is, comprises only one aspect of the climate crisis.&nbsp;The larger environmental crisis is comprised of&nbsp;several other factors which also happen to contribute to wacky weather, including rampant deforestation and the poisoning of our oceans. Forests and oceans are key players in atmospheric regulation.</p>
<p>You see, our atmosphere is self-regulating. Indeed, large storms such as hurricanes, tornadoes and blizards can be signs of the natural regulatory mechanism at work. Moreover, temperature is the primary aspect of carbon-based life on this planet which necessitates atmospheric self-regulation since the sun never heats two areas of the planet uniformly at any given moment.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.mistersustainable.com/images/snow2.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" />In simple terms, then, we are damaging or destroying every component in the planet's self-regulating mechanism. Hence, abnormal or unseasonable weather is an indication that the atmosphere is over compensating because a core component in self-regulation now is absent.</p>
<p><strong>That's why we had the consecutive blizzards which dumped <span style="text-decoration: underline;">5 feet of snow</span> on Wyoming in a matter of days.</strong> That is also why we must fight global warming and embrace sustainability&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the alternative is fatal.</p>
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