Climate change concerns students

a-big-storm-front-at-sunset-1535632Angie Rutiaga, Aztec Voice

The U.S may face more extremes in the coming decades, said noted meteorologist Jeff Masters.

“I don’t recognize the weather anymore. I look at the weather maps in the morning, sometimes afraid of what i’m going to see. It’s just gotten so insane. The climate of the 20th century is gone. The climate I knew is not here anymore,” Masters said.

All of a sudden we’re getting a series of unnamed storms that have washed out whole communities.

There have been a lot of storms that have displaced people in different parts of the world. A recent storm that displaced a lot of people was in Louisiana. Louisiana is still recovering from the recent flooding that displaced thousands from their homes.

Florida and Hawaii were both flooded by rain from recent hurricanes, and also many states are reporting above average or record summer rainfalls. Even though some regions are getting flooded by hurricanes, others are going dry, leading to another intense problem because of their need of rain that is destroying forests from Alaska to Southern California.

Masters believes this is happening now because water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean have crossed a critical threshold. Overall the increase of global temperatures is causing warming of the oceans all over the world.

Some of the students at Alta Vista have different opinions on what’s causing the disruptions of the climate and how we can help to change that.

Aurora Mendez, a junior, said, “The fact that the people don’t take care of the environment – that might be one of the causes why there have been disruptions on the climate. We can help by starting car pools and also recycling. [We can take] more care of the environment by planting more trees and flowers. The climate changes affect me because it gives me like mood swings.”

Biridiana Espinoza, a junior, said, “All the storms that have been going on lately are probably accumulating water in the ocean and that is probably leading to floods. There is nothing we can do to help because we can’t control when it rains and doesn’t rain.”

Heidi Rutiaga, a sophomore, said, “The weather is the one making all the climate disruptions because the weather has to change it can’t always stay the same. We can’t do anything to help because we can’t control the weather. The climate changes affect me because they get me irritated because I don’t like it when it changes often.”

Earth just experienced it’s two consecutive warmest years on record. The warmer the ocean the stronger a hurricane can get. Hurricane scientists believe that as we continue to heat up the oceans, we are going to see more of these high-end perfect storm.

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