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Is “The Day After Tomorrow” coming?

The scenes in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” seem to have happened in America during the very beginning
of this year. On 1st January 2014 the morning temperature outside in New York City was 53 degrees Fahrenheit but one
day after the temperature decreased to 4 degrees. Just in 24 hours the so called “Polar Vortex” has attacked Canada and
the United States - east of the Rocky Mountain, extending as far south as Central Florida and Northeastern Mexico. In
this extreme cold weather, the temperatures of a lot of places dropped to −29 °C, which were even colder than the North
Pole (−21 °C).
From the news we can see - frozen Niagara Falls, skyscrapers covered by snow, dozens of famous schools closed,
20,000 flights cancelled. In total more than 200 million people were affected and the US economy suffered a loss of 5
billion dollars during this coldest winter in the last 25 years.
But as we all know, it’s indisputable that the average temperature of our Earth is rising every year because of the
global warming effect, why would the temperature in America contrarily drop so fast in this winter?
Actually it doesn’t contradict the facts. It might be a counterintuitive example of global warming. Experts reckon
that the melted ice in the Arctic has weakened the extremely fast North Pole whirlwinds which can top 161km/h and
could enclose the freezing Arctic air in one fixed area of the Arctic. As a result, the air escaped from the wind wall,
waddled southward and incidentally brought the extreme weather to the American Continent.
Of course this argument is just one conclusion of some scientists and thus it has been strongly controversial and
hotly debated. Normally weather researches are inaccurate because the atmosphere is inherently chaotic and
unpredictable. So scientists can only use their limited technology to predict and make assumption. Anyway at least we
know the fact that the weather is becoming warmer globally. In the future strange and abnormal phenomena like El
Nino, ocean acidification, catastrophic cyclones and strengthened wildfires will happen more frequently. Human beings
have inescapable responsibility for these disasters.
If we don’t want “the day after tomorrow” to come someday in our lifetime or the Doomsday happens for our
descendants, we should from now on try to reduce CO2 emissions in our daily life.
Here are 10 easy but useful tips:
1. Avoid using dryer and dishwasher
2. Use nature light and energy-saving LED bulbs
3. Use rechargeable batteries
4. Insulate and seal house when air-conditioner or heat is on
5. Set the temperature of air-conditioner at 26-29℃ in summer and 16-18℃ in winter
6. Walk or ride instead of driving
7. Add solar panels to the roof of the house
8. Filter and recycle used water
9. Use reusable shopping bags instead of disposable plastic ones
10. Reduce the consumption of red meat
Andy PAN

01/14/2013

References:
1. http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2014/01/10/etrangete-globale_4346214_3244.html
2. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/07/opinion/sobel-winter-cold-global-warming/index.html?iref=allsearch
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_vortex
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming
5. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-letter-display.asp?xfile=data/letters/2014/January/letters_January50.xml&section=
letters
6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_North_American_cold_wave
7. http://www.offsetcarbonfootprint.org/carbon-101-tips-reduce-carbon-footprint.html
8. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100253377/global-warming-devastates-america/


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