Global Dumbing?

Written by Gary Whittaker

I am beginning to wonder if scientists have been getting it all round. All this time, people have been worried aboutrepparttar Ozone, a giant asteroid, or some breakout of a bio-hazardous agent by a terrorist organization beingrepparttar 110101 doom of mankind. We have spent all this time looking outward instead of inward towards ourselves.

The latest studies have identified to startling facts. 1 - thatrepparttar 110102 whole inrepparttar 110103 Ozone layer is getter smaller, and 2 – thatrepparttar 110104 brightness levels onrepparttar 110105 earth our getting dimmer. Does this all mean that Global Warming was all just a sham? That those corporations who continue to abuse our earth with reckless abandon have been right all along? That tree-hugging hippies have had their brains melted from too much LSD?

Scientists seem to be getting dumber in direct proportion torepparttar 110106 grants given by governments, which are lobbied by corporate interests, increases. They have looked atrepparttar 110107 new Global Dimming phenomenon and said, “It can’t be getting warming with less sunlight!” And no doubt that as this new story makes it rounds aboutrepparttar 110108 Ozone getting smaller, they will point torepparttar 110109 great job done by their benefactors and reducing Green House emissions and say thatrepparttar 110110 Ozone must be replenishing itself.

Statements like those should be judged as criminal, just as tobacco companies should be held accountable forrepparttar 110111 deaths of all their consumers. The population must be made aware ofrepparttar 110112 truth behind their corporate agenda. We,repparttar 110113 working class, arerepparttar 110114 ones that can control our future, and dictate to those Ozone depleting companies our new terms. We demand clean air. We demand that pollutants stop being poured into our waters. We demand our forests not be cut down faster than we can replant. We demand alternate, safer energy sources to heat our homes, and power our vehicles. We demand all this because our Earth is dying before our own eyes.

The whole inrepparttar 110115 Ozone layer has gotten smaller, but atrepparttar 110116 cost of thinner protection worldwide. We are not just talking about a gap over Antarctica. We are talking about more harmful radiation being let in on a yearly, monthly, daily basis. We used to be able to send out our children to play outside all days. No one needed any sunscreen with special UV protection. Now, one has to only go outside for 20 minutes before feelingrepparttar 110117 sting ofrepparttar 110118 sun, while sunscreen has become big business. No one will react until research tells us 15 to 30 years from now that cancer has reach epidemic proportions. The warning signs are there already, we are just choosing not to listen.

Weather affects every aspect of the economy

Written by Chris Orr

c. 2004 Chris S. Orr CCM

Weather affects every aspect of our lives. It impacts our pocketbooks, our menus, our schedules and even our health.

We are aware of how cold weather drives uprepparttar price of natural gas and propane (just look at your heating bills from this year!) and how our insurance costs are adjusted forrepparttar 110100 amount of storm damage we sustain. Changes inrepparttar 110101 weather, either real or predicted, will affectrepparttar 110102 price of everything we buy, from peas to plywood. Sometimesrepparttar 110103 effect will be in our favor, sometimes it won't. How much did you pay for vegetables last winter? Why are limes -- small and hard as they are -- so expensive right now? Isrepparttar 110104 quality of lettuce comparable to its price?

Contract prices onrepparttar 110105 Chicago Board of Trade are very weather sensitive. Weather has such a huge impact onrepparttar 110106 commodities market that traders and analysts pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month for commentaries on long-range weather forecasts. These commentaries makerepparttar 110107 rounds among traders and analysts two or three times a week. Based on these commentaries,repparttar 110108 price of grain, cattle, beans, and all sorts of agriculture products is driven up or down.

Traders look forrepparttar 110109 elusive normal weather. Ifrepparttar 110110 summer rainfall forecast forrepparttar 110111 C Corn Belt of Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois is for above normal rainfall, futures may rise in anticipation ofrepparttar 110112 crop getting too much moisture, stunting its growth. The same principle applies ifrepparttar 110113 forecast is for too little rainfall. Ifrepparttar 110114 forecast calls for near normal rainfall, invariablyrepparttar 110115 price of corn will fall in anticipation of a very good crop and too many bushels of corn onrepparttar 110116 market inrepparttar 110117 fall and winter. In other words, ifrepparttar 110118 trading price is high, you'll pay more atrepparttar 110119 grocery store; if it is low because of "normal" weather, you pay less.

Are you planning to do a little construction later this summer? Buy plywood beforerepparttar 110120 first tropical storm forms overrepparttar 110121 Atlantic Ocean. The price of plywood soars as tropical storms and hurricanes approachrepparttar 110122 coast ofrepparttar 110123 United States. People inrepparttar 110124 path of these storms buy up plywood to "batten downrepparttar 110125 hatches," creating local shortages. Those shortages are filled by drawing on supplies fromrepparttar 110126 rest ofrepparttar 110127 country, limiting stocks and driving up prices.

Accurate weather forecasts help some businesses compete. The retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co. had its own meteorologists for many years so they could sell items based onrepparttar 110128 weather. Fans and air conditioners were in stock before a heat wave hit. Umbrellas went on sale when it rained. Subway's corporate headquarters tracks individual store sales againstrepparttar 110129 weather. It uses a history of weather and store sales along withrepparttar 110130 forecast to predict store volume. Their stores in southern California even give discounts on rainy days.

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