Worries turn to Disease as waters recede in Balkans

BY: KORALY JOSEPH

Rain has been hitting in Balkans Serbia now for 5 days, raising flood levels to an astonishing level. Police officers of the city have been evacuating townspeople into nearby shelters or evacuation centers. With the rise of temperatures Health Prime Minister, Zlatibor Loncar worries that concerns will be shifted to the possible outbreak of disease. Contaminated water has covered the city. Therefore, spreading toxic chemicals on homes, towns, and fields. Loncar fears epidemic outbreaks such as intestinal ailments, respiratory infections, skin disease and many others might surface. To prevent another flooding, the Serbian military chief of staff is reinforcing a 15-mile sandbag wall outs de Sabac.

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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/world/europe/flood-danger-persists-in-serbia-threatening-power-plant.html?ref=earth&_r=0

Turbines Popping Up on New York Roofs, Along With Questions of Efficiency

Danielle Tobin

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/turbines-pop-up-on-new-york-roofs-along-with-questions-of-efficiency.html?ref=earth&_r=0

The Big Melt Accelerates

Recent research shows that the changes in earth’s climate have reach a “tipping point”. Some giant glaciers have no return and they could possibly ruin the rest of the ice sheet. Scientists believe that the glaciers will continue to melt until greenhouse gas emissions are released. These glaciers are telling scientists that in the future (centuries away), more land will be covered by water which will cause the sea level to rise.

- Valerie Macaulay 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/science/the-melting-isnt-glacial.html?ref=earth

12 Million Pounds of Trash Collected

During an international coastal cleanup, over 12 million pounds of trash was collected. This is the most trash that has ever been collected at once. These 12 million pounds collected is both negative and positive for us. The positive is that we have many dedicated organizations and people who are fighting to help our environment. The negative side of this is that there is so much trash in the ocean that this much was collected. “Ocean trash truly is a global problem that affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife, and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue,” said Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy’s president and CEO. This amount of trash is really effecting us all. While swimming and boating is a fun leisurely activity, especially in Miami, it may even begin to become dangerous because of the amount of trash. The trash could fill 38 olympic size pools and weighs more than 800 African elephants. 

 

Gillian Peters

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140521111857.htm

How to (Try to) make it rain

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There are five current ways that humans can control the weather. First, is seeding the sky. Seeding the sky involves releasing a bunch of silver iodide into the sky which is done by flares attached to the wings of a plane. Once those silver iodide particles get in the clouds, they collide with supercooled water and form ice, which falls to the ground melting along the way. Another is China’s massive weather-modification program that includes 5,000 rocket launchers that fire particles into the clouds to draw rain. The third way is done by an Abu Dhabi company called Meteo Systems that used electrified umbrella shaped towers to send negatively charge particles into the air increasing the chance that supercooled droplets will collide with freezing nuclei, becoming rain.The fourth is by the French which uses hail cannons to save their fruit from storm damage. Every few seconds a chamber in the cannon fires a loud boom into the air which is said to break the ice before it reaches the ground, not much evidence supports it though. Another one redirects lightning by taking a long wire, tying one end to the ground and the other to a rocket launched into a storm. More recent research at the University of Arizona involves high intensity lasers redirecting lightning like this.

- Sean Sabogal -

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rain-how-to-try-to-make-it-rain/

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Flood Danger to Power Plant in Serbia by Sammy Chugani

The flooding of a Lake heading towards the capital city of Serbia, Belgrade is extremely dangerous. It is extremely dangerous because it poses a huge threat to the power plant that provides half of the nation’s electricity. Thousands of people have already left the town that is submerged in water. For the people that remain in the city, they are waiting in their homes without power or drinkable water. The government is trying hard to solve this issue, or even suppress it for the time being. They flew out hundreds of citizens by helicopter on Monday. The effects of this flood on the country are horrific. 100,000 buildings in that country, including homes, schools, and hospitals are unusable due to the flooding. In addition, and a half million people had either been evacuated or fled. 35 people have been killed by the flooding, and more bodies were expected to be revealed by the retreating waters, which were exposing a vast landscape of mud, shattered homes, and debris of the country’s infrastructure. Not only is this flooding detrimental to the country in terms of electricity and usable water, it has also torn apart homes, killed many citizens, and caused many to flee. 

-Sammy Chugani

Glaciers Continue to Melt at Record Speed

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Scientists that are studying the glaciers all over the world are all consistently finding that the glaciers are melting at a much faster pace than originally thought. They predict that within the next couple centuries the whole west Antarctic ice sheet will have melted, causing a four-foot rise in the oceans around the world. Although some glaciers are staying the same, almost all the glaciers in the world are melting, and this seems to be definitive evidence that global warming is truly affecting earth right now, and is not just a thing of the future. As ice melts, the sea rises and disrupts the environment even more. If there were to be a full melt, as with the period after the last ice age, the sea would rise 215 feet, which would spell doom for the biggest cities in the country. Scientists warn that greenhouse gases need to be contained now, or we risk more damage. The article states that the scientists have stated that the melting will keep going due to the heat-trapping of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases. They say that even if carbon dioxide stabilizes, the melting of glaciers will not stop for decades.

Reflection: It is proven that the melting of glaciers changes and alters the ocean. It increases the global sea level which not only affects our oceans but, it affects our environment. Organisms in these areas are highly affected, on land and in the water. 

Glaciers can be considered the most visible clue that global warming is occurring today. A loss of glaciers will alter the climate patterns on Earth and it will affect our whole biosphere. I believe we need to put in effort to save our Earth and try to slow down the process of melting of glaciers. Everything in this world is connected and we must make sure we are making the right choices to lead our Earth in the the direction. We must save our environment. We must save our home. 

-Gabriella Vazquez-

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/science/the-melting-isnt-glacial.html?ref=earth&_r=0