Climate Change. Do we need to be concerned?

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    Two recent articles by Amaziah George of the State of the Territory caught my attention. Both addressed the issue of climate change. Both spoke to my
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    Articulate and most relevant indeed, as written by Amaziah. Climate change is certainly an issue which needs to be addressed,following the events surrounding hurricanes Irma and Maria, and also based on the global climatic conditions and how they affect events all across the world.

    With a President who does not subscribe to the idea of climate change, it would be interesting to see what positions are adopted federally, and whether any preemptive measures are taken in this upcoming season.

    This question of overarching policy of the US government must necessarily arise, as the high costs associated with clean-up and restoration might only be underwritten by the federal government- another matter for another time on its own..

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    The National Weather Service on Thursday issued an El Niño watch for next fall and winter, raising the prospects for cooler, wetter weather across most of the United States and a significantly milder late hurricane season.

    The weather service’s Climate Prediction Center estimated the chance for an El Niño — a cycle that begins when warm tropical Pacific water moves east — at 50 percent during the fall, rising to 65 percent in the winter.

    Let us hope that this forecast extend to the VI and Puerto Rico and other surrounding Islands indeed. We certainly are not hearing enough from those charges with the responsibility to lead.

    Justin Moorhead

    We dodged a bullet with tropical storm/hurricane Beryl last week. Good thoughts are out there that we are as fortunate in the coming months.

    Several months ago, pre hurricanes Irma and Maria, I had an informative conversation with Roy Wattlington.
    (Ph.D. BA, MA, MS, “ABD”, physics, science education, physical oceanography & meteorology. Also see the following article from The Source:
    In layman’s terms Roy explained the phenomena of warming oceans, the resulting impact on the redistribution of rainfall across the globe, and the impact of increased water evaporation on contributing to larger more powerful storms (winter and summer).

    Anecdotal and possibly scientific evidence of this ocean warming effect is observable in the recent summer meteorological history of the US Gulf Coast, Central America and most recently Japan. In recent winter months parts of the world that in the past experienced considerable snowfall now see limited winter precipitation and other regions are experiencing the exact opposite.

    Not too long ago Governor Mapp returned from a conference in the South Pacific on climate change and announced a task force, headed by a climate czar, that was to produce, by September 2017, a plan designed to strengthen the VI against the impending impact of climate change. Post that announcement, little is discernible of that initiative. Interestingly, the timing coincidence of the 2017 hurricanes and the expected delivery date for the promised climate change report (which never occurred) was eerily prophetic.

    Post recent hurricanes, Mr. Mapp announced yet another task force to review and recommend resiliency initiatives designed to mitigate against future storm devastation. As of this post, that impending draft report, though announced with considerable fanfare in June 2018, is still not available to the general public.

    This raises the question of how seriously this Administration considers and is working to address the possible impact of changing climatic/environmental conditions on our communities?

    The Governor has announced federal disaster assisted spending initiatives designed to address infrastructure needs. If these actually come to fruition the community will undoubtedly be better off than we are now in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. However, will we in fact be any more prepared for the next major hurricanes than we were in August 2017?

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