Thursday, November 6, 2008

Global warming empowered Hurricane

The state of New Orleans would remember for long the day when a Hurricane named Katrina gave them the pinch of global warming.

On 29th August 2005, America faced the fiercest wrath of global warming, when Hurricane Katrina blowing at 145 miles per hour hurled over the state of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 per cent of the city and killed more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.

New Orleans is still recovering from the ‘shock and awe’ of Katrina. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. Scientists and environmentalists predict that many more such devastating storms in the states of New Orleans and Miami are in the offing, as melting polar ice raises the sea levels. They fear rising temperatures will melt glaciers and polar ice caps, raising sea levels and harming coastal residents worldwide.

What is unusual about Katrina is that the power and intensity by which it has hurled over the coastline. Scientific studies and experiments are pointing fingers at factors such as global warming and excessive carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as the reasons behind such vengeance. One such important study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had found that hurricane wind speeds have increased up to 50 per cent in the past 50 years.

Environmentalists warned of such a day long time ago, but reluctant US citizens didn’t bothered to pay attention to the warming. The devastating results of Katrina has taught them the lesson that it is the time when CO2 emissions from vehicles and industrial belts should be minimized as our planet is heating up, trapping all of us in an unpredictable new period in history.

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