Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Local Angle

In the midst of Monday's storm and between changing towels around my window, I did manage a soaking walk. I did not have a chance to drive around to see the floodiness. In this week's Mukilteo newspaper and in today's Everett Herald, I found some photos taken closer to home. We have lived in Mukilteo for 19 years and though we have had some terrific windstorms, trees coming down, and power outages, we have never had a typhoon.

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December 5, 2007 Mukilteo Beacon
The above photo is our Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach Park and I know my children will be more than shocked when they see it.

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Photo courtesy of David Welton, The Everett Herald
This picture was taken near Alderwood Mall. "Let's swim to the mall and do our Christmas shopping, Melvin. Mabel and Marty can follow along," quacked Mildred.

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Photo courtesy of Marion Klein, The Everett Herald
The photographer took this photo in her back yard in Mukilteo. Her daughter is a Kamiak swimmer.

And finally, in today's Everett Herald was another article about global climate change. I don't mean to beat a dead horse but it made me chuckle because it reiterated what I posted yesterday about scientists. Told ya--you can't be married to one of these creatures for 35 years without having some idea about how they think.

Scientists Demand Action on Warming (AP)

"For the first time, more than 200 of the world's leading climate scientists, losing their patience, urged government leaders to take radical action to slow global warming because 'there is no time to lose.'...

In the past, many of these scientists have avoided calls for action, leaving that to environmental advocacy groups. That dispassionate stance was taken during the release this year of four separate reports by the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

But no more.

'It's a grave crisis, and we need to do something real fast,' said petition signer Jeff Severinghaus, a geosciences professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. 'I think the stakes are way, way too high to be playing around.'

The unprecedented petition includes scientists from more than 25 countries and shows that 'the climate science community is essentially fed up,' said signer Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria in Canada. It includes many co-authors of the intergovernmental climate change panel reports, directors of major American and European climate science research institutions, a Nobel winner for atmospheric chemistry and a winner of a MacArthur 'genius' award.

'A lot of us scientists think the problem needs a lot more serious attention than it's getting and the remedies have to be a lot more radical,' said Richard Seager, a scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory."

In this household, we are concerned it may be too late.