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Warming problem tops TWC’s list

Lists. You either A. Love them or B. Hate them.
I love them. It’s always interesting to see what someone has to say about something. I also have a knack for making lists, mostly ‘To do’ that often carry the same tasks on them.
Of the ones we read or hear about, we may have helped create them, as is the case with the New York Times Best Seller list or Country Music Countdown, but rarely do we have the opportunity to do something about them after we know the outcome.
Not so with the one I saw last month on The Weather Channel, the ‘100 Biggest Weather Moments.’
The program, which aired over several nights, was informative as well as entertaining. For example, I had forgotten that ‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak was a former meteorologist. And I was able to brush up on my history as No. 97 featured William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States. Harrison (yes, there’s a connection; Harrison County carries his name) served the shortest time in the White House ‘ 31 days ‘ after coming down with pneumonia. He supposedly became ill after delivering the longest inaugural address (1 hour, 45 minutes) on the coldest inaugural day while braving the elements without a hat and coat. Thus, he became the first president to die while in office.
Hosted by Harry Connick Jr., the ‘100 Biggest Weather Moments’ included a lot of events you would expect:
* Recording-setting snow storms;
* Severe flooding;
* Torrential rains;
* Devastating hurricanes; and
* Deadly tornadoes.
There were also occasions on the list that I wasn’t expecting, such as Super Bowl games, the invention of ice skates, a hot air balloonist.
But the No. 1 item pertains to an ongoing event that, while alarming, we can do something about it: The Keeling Curve.
Developed in 1958 by Charles David Keeling, the Keeling Curve measures carbon dioxide gases in the atmosphere. More simply, this is used in connection with global warming.
According to statistics, the earth has warmed by one degree since 1970. More alarming is the prediction that it will warm three to seven degrees by the end of the century.
Meteorologists predict this warming trend will cause more extremes in our weather, more droughts, forest fires, heat waves, more intense storms, more melting ice in the world’s most frigid regions, which will cause sea levels to rise. The rising waters will cause additional problems, as half of the world’s population lives within 50 miles of a coastline.
We must continue our search for alternative fuel sources, ones that don’t cause as much, if any, damage to our atmosphere.
In the meantime, The Weather Channel provided a list of short-term steps we can take to slow global warming. It includes:
1. Use fluorescent light bulbs.
2. Drive less.
3. Keep tires properly inflated.
4. Use less hot water.
5. Plant a tree.
6. Recycle.
7. Turn off unused electronics.
Simple, huh? There isn’t anything on that list that each of us can’t do. If there’s anything on the list that you’re currently not routinely doing, consider adding it to your ‘To do’ list until it becomes a habit.
After all, helping stop or at least slow global warming is something we all can do.