Tuesday, October 30, 2012


http://online.wsj.com - Millions of people along the U.S. East Coast awoke without power Tuesday, as Superstorm Sandy brought powerful winds, rains, floods and snow to the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. The mega-storm's center plowed through Pennsylvania early Tuesday after carving a harrowing path of destruction overnight, killing at least 17 people in seven states and cutting power to more than 6 million homes. In New Jersey, where the superstorm came ashore, hundreds of people were being evacuated after a levee broke early Tuesday. The post-tropical cyclone still packed 65-mile-an-hour winds at 5 a.m., when it was located about 90 miles west of Philadelphia, Penn. The storm was moving toward the west-northwest at 15 miles an hour, according to the National Weather Service. President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning signed major disaster declarations for New Jersey and New York. Thousands of people were left without power in New York. One of the city's major hospitals was forced to evacuate patients late Monday when its backup power system failed. New York City's three major airports remained closed.

The impact was mounting. As night fell Monday, a record breaking 13-foot surge of seawater hit New York City, flooding New York's Brooklyn-Battery tunnel, a major traffic artery, as well as portions of the city's subway system. Subway service could be crippled for “at least a week,” the head of the municipal transportation authority said late Monday. Sandy was relabeled from a hurricane to a posttropical cyclone on Monday evening. Earlier, its classification as a Category 1 storm, the least powerful category of hurricane, was deceiving. Scientists say the storm has an unusually low atmospheric pressure near its center, an important measure of a storm's strength. The National Weather Service warned of potential flooding in coastal areas and damage well inland. The storm shut down the federal government for a second straight day Tuesday. The storm left a trail of death, and the toll is expected to mount; at least 10 deaths were blamed on the storm. A fire destroyed at least 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. A fire department spokesman said more than 190 firefighters were at the blaze in the Breezy Point section.

As Superstorm Sandy churned slowly inland, millions along the U.S. East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were unusually dark and abandoned. At least 17 people were killed in seven states. New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart closed for a second day. The storm caused the worst damage in the 108-year history of New York's extensive subway system. Overnight, whole neighborhoods disappeared into darkness as power was cut. The World Trade Center site was a glowing ghost near the tip of Lower Manhattan. Climate change caused by human unscrupulousness, their insatiable industries and global meat consumption, affects the whole planet without distinction between rich and poor countries.

The environmental community rightly recognizes global warming as one of the gravest threats to the planet. The expected consequences include coastal flooding, increases in extreme weather, spreading disease, and mass extinctions. Yet by focusing entirely on carbon dioxide emissions, major environmental organizations have failed to account for published data showing that other gases are the main culprits behind the global warming we see today. ... Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. And this source is on the rise. About 85% of this methane is produced in the digestive processes of livestock, and while a single cow releases a relatively small amount of methane, the collective effect on the environment of the hundreds of millions of livestock animals worldwide is enormous. ... Simply by going vegetarian we can eliminate one of the major sources of emissions of methane, the greenhouse gas responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today.

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


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