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Issue 113   Oceans, Glaciers and Air       
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Oceans, Glaciers and Air It's spring and people in Japan and other areas (Washington D.C.) are sprouting cherry blossoms and enjoying the sight. A bottle of Sake, a blanket to sit on, let the blossoms fall and good fortune will occur. The only issue is it's a little early.

California had its first stage 1 alert on high electricity usage, Monday, March 29, 2004. The state is an early barometer of weather patterns, hot. Think Jet-stream from North Asia to the West Coast of the U.S and Eastward. Probably a hot summer in front of us.

Brazil, a freak hurricane strikes Brazil, March 28, 2004. The season for hurricanes is late summer, early autumn as the summer heat of the African desert moves across the Atlantic.There are signs of weather change afoot and we need to pay attention. We don't have 50 years to curb emissions into the ozone layers and to curb the rising tides from glacial thawing.

The associated press reports that "dead zones" are a rising threat to our oceans. The dead zones of the Gulf of Mexico are now in the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Yellow Sea, off South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

You might ask, "What's a dead zone?"

Dead zones are areas of ocean with excess nitrogen run-off from fertilizers, sewage and industrial pollutants. The nitrogen triggers " blooms" of algae (phytoplankton) that die, rot and consume oxygen; suffocating fish, clams oysters etc. There are 150 measurable areas with dead zones with some (not one but some) about the size of Ireland, 27,000 square miles or 70,000 square kilometers.

Now with industrialization taking place in China, India, Brazil, Russia, Eastern Europe etc, the dead zones will only get larger.

We humans have some serious thinking to do!

The glaciers are melting around the globe's major mountains; Kilamanjaro, the Andes, the Alps etc. Icebergs are breaking off the north and south frozen oceans at a record rate.

The air is as polluted as ever. Satellite and aircraft track brown pollution clouds being carried from Asia to America to Europe and back. From Brazil to Africa etc in the Southern Hemisphere. But, have you read the United Nations' new warning on Asia's dangerous dust storms? Dust storms? Yes, Asia is suffering from a fivefold increase in dust storms because the Central Asia farming and stripping of trees is letting the Gobi desert's sands and dirt to blow across North China and Korea. (Derived from the World News, Asia/Pacific section of International Herald Tribune, on Thursday, April 1, 2004)

The irony is we really don't see the "dead zone" - They are out there, the same with ice floes. We see and smell air pollution but haven't we always?

Think about this, as it's your future. Read the book The Coming Super Storm by Art Bell. This book predicts what actually might have happened in the last ice age. It didn't take a long time to happen! Maybe a few years.

Enjoy the summer!


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