posted on Nov, 30 2009 @ 07:29 PM
A few things come to mind . . . .
When I moved here in 1984, there was a really cool iceberg (okay, pun not i ntended but left in!) just south of Anchorage called Portage Glacier. It
was close to a road where one could park and walk on the frozen lake about 100 yards to the iceberg, which was around 20' above ground and maybe 30'
across. I climbed it and have a picture of me sitting in a pocket of the iceberg. At that time, we didn't realize how stupid it was to do that,
because it could have shifted at any moment.
Anyway, it was such a popular tourist attraction that the State built a visitor's center there (still in the 80s, I think). When I next went back to
see the iceberg in 1994, it had receded along with the glacier to the point where one had to catch the boat to see it on the other side of the
There are stories coming from the North Slope oil workers and Native villages about how the tundra is thawing and releasing methane, and coastal
villages keep having to move back from the coasts.
I'm an avid gardener and have noticed that in these past 25 years, the gardening season is longer than it used to be by a month. Sprouts appear in
April instead of May, and Zone 4 plants survive through the light frosts through October. In contrast, 15 years ago kids would go trick-or-treating
all bundled up trudging through a foot of snow.
To add: Kailassa, I've been through what you experienced - being evacuated, seeing the orange sky the roar, thick smoke. We lived in the woods, left
sprinklers on and soaker hoses on the roof. Here, instead of the eucalyptus trees, it was black spruce trees with thick resin that went up like
bottle rockets. The "rockets" skipped some homes and landed on others and destroyed them. Thankfully, the wind shifted at the last minute and my
home and sanctuary was spared.
I seldom hop on bandwagons, but I'll admit I was duped by the whole human-caused global warming cause. Now, I believe it's a climate change that
has little to do with us and sure as (stuff) isn't going to be fixed by Cap & Trade policies!
S&F, OP, for an interesting question.