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Encyclopedia, "Hurricane Katrina Is Estimated Term Paper

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¶ … Encyclopedia, "Hurricane Katrina is estimated to be responsible for $81.2 billion....in damages, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history (1)." People all over the world were devastated by all aspects of this hurricane. "The storm killed at least 1,836 people, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane" (Wikipedia, 2006). The author of the article "Protecting New Orleans" discusses both the events leading up to the disaster as well as the aftermath. He wishes to convey some possible solutions being debated concerning the Katrina catastrophe as well as the background and undertone of the situation.

This particular circumstance would appear to have great relevance to our society. In the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" (a fictional movie about a possible aftermath of global warming), an iceberg the size of Rhode Island is seen breaking off in the Antarctica region. According to "Warnings From the Ice" (a transcript of a NOVA documentary airing in April 1998), "In 1995, an iceberg the size of Rhode Island broke off from the Larsen ice shelf along the Antarctic coast. And a large portion of the ice shelf disintegrated in a matter of days (1)." Melting ice becomes water and that means the water tables will rise. This eventually may pose further problems with devastation from coastal storms.

There is an old saying that "a stitch in time saves nine." One of the main points the Arthur attempts to convey is that Katrina's devastation could have been minimized. The author writes about previous disasters that happened in England and the Netherlands concerning coastal storms. Both countries engineered plans to minimize damage from further storms and enacted them. Furthermore, the writer also discusses preventative proposals that were made very close to the onset of the catastrophe by the Army Core of Engineers. These preventative concepts were dismissed by Congress. Noting this history, it would seem that with a little foresight much…… [read more]


Memoir: My Mother's Memories Term Paper

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We didn't have family anywhere around that could help."

My mother also remembers thinking that our house was would be destroyed by the hurricane. "The wind was so strong that it shook the whole house like a little bowl of Jell-o," she said. The rain was deafening, and came down like a solid sheet of water. "It felt like a river was falling on top of us," she added.

Today, although my mother hopes never to experience another hurricane of Charley's strength, she feels that surviving Charley changed her life and outlook. She thanks God daily for letting us keep our house. She makes sure she donates money to the needy and this year's hurricane victims in particular, those who were less lucky than us.

Hurricane Charley devastated much of Florida. Many Floridians Charley left homeless are still recovering. Charley hit landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. Although Charley did enormous damage, my mother also believes that…… [read more]


Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Post Hurricane and Failures Term Paper

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Post-Hurricane Criminal Justice

Katrina: Post-Hurricane Failure in New Orleans

Leadership Growth Opportunities

Katrina: Post-Hurricane Failure in New Orleans

The focus of this work is the judicial and executive administration of justice in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana next following Hurricane Katrina's destruction to the area. There must be protocols followed for the administration of justice during times such as… [read more]


Hurricane Katrina That Ripped Term Paper

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This is because a full one-fifth of New Orleans residents live below the poverty line and one out of five does not have a car. To add to the problems, the government agencies were unable to provide adequate transportation for evacuating such people. It is reported that hundreds of available New Orleans school buses stood idle during the evacuation simply… [read more]


Hurricanes &amp Typhoons Term Paper

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What does a tropical cyclone look like? According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the tropical cyclone looks like "a huge whirlpool -- a gigantic mass of revolving moist air." The tropical cyclone has "a disc-like shape," and when looking at it from space, a person develops "a fuller appreciation of the majestic nature of tropical cyclones."

A tropical cyclone is actually like a huge, moving "heat engine," the Hong Kong Web site explains. "It feeds on an incessant supply of latent heat released from condensation in ascending moist air." And as to the power generated -- close to 20 million megawatts -- it could produce enough energy in one day at full speed to provide about 20 years supply of electricity for the people and businesses of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Observatory. "Nature and Structure of Tropical Cyclones." Available:

http://www.hko.gov.hk/informtc/nature.htm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Hurricane Research Division:

Frequently Asked Questions, What is a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical cyclone?"

Available: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/A1.html.… [read more]


Siberian Peatlands Roach, John. "Melting Term Paper

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This cycle of less reflective surface and more melt becomes a circle activity where each event encourages the other to continue to take place.

Global warming is a serious environmental concern because its affects will eventually reach every part of the planet. More fresh water dilutes the salinity of the ocean and causes the ocean to rise. Temperature changes may change ocean current patterns. Eventually, every environmental aspect of life on Earth could be effected. Since 1954, scientists have found that the temperature on Earth has risen by one degree (Farenheit).

The example of the Siberian peatlands is only one example of the effects global warming may bring, but it is a concern because these peatlands are so big that they could release significant amounts of gases. Researchers estimate that these peatlands have been absorbing carbon dioxide for nearly 12,000 years. Other scientists urge caution in predicting both the thaw of these peatlands and the potential impact of the event, because core samples reveal that the bogs have gone through warming and cooling patterns in the past. Rather than focus on one geographic area, they urge that we focus on the cumulative effect of all the greenhouse gases being released.

One report states that the United States reabsorbs about 15% - 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by our country through artificial sources (automobiles, etc.). However, that leaves us releasing at least 70% more carbon dioxide than our environment can absorb. And, this is just one modern country. We have relied so far on such things as rainforests to help control the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This study suggests that the effects of global warming may affect the environment's ability to perform this task in negative ways.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Ramanujan, Krishna. 2002. "Rain Helps Carbon Sink." Earth Observatory, Sept. 4. Accessed via the Internet 12/2/04.

Roach, John.2002. "Melting Arctic Bogs May Hasten Warming, Study Says." National Geographic News, Dec. 1, 2004. Accessed via…… [read more]


Rift Between Environmentalism and Libertarianism Term Paper

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Based on all common sense, reason, and fact, neither population nor fuel economy can be taken lightly. The problem with appealing to the conscience of auto manufacturers and consumers of SUVs is that there is no social contract determining what the automaker would receive in return for their efforts at reducing emissions. This is why imposing regulations on automobile manufacturers is tricky.

The arguments that Michaels and Balling pose regarding global warming include a downplaying of the severity of the problem. While it may seem that their optimism is the best approach and it would be nice to not have to worry, there is clearly enough evidence to at least warrant some serious discussion of the matter. As Hardin suggests, policy needs to be mutual; both sides of the issue need to find a common ground. There is no perfect solution to the problem, but the lack of perfection should not contribute to laissez faire. If enough people call for some action to be taken, then some kind of compromise must be reached. This is why Michaels, Balling, Huber, and all anti-environmentalists do not wish to take action. Without a perfect solution, even President Bush would prefer to do nothing.

The global energy crisis, global warming, and the problem of environmental regulation are so controversial that public policy is stalled. Both sides have valid points. On the one hand, big business and labor understandably need to preserve the status quo, at least in terms of securing jobs. However, their nebulous concept of "freedom" needs to be re-examined. On the other hand, environmentalists need to stop appealing only to conscience, as Hardin suggests, and start appealing to the pocketbook. Otherwise, the result will be a continuation of the status quo, which could lead to further environmental problems down…… [read more]