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Title: The more we know of storms the more we ought to pray (September 20, 1991)
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Title: The more we know of storms the more we ought to pray (September 20, 1991)
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SThe Day New Septemaer. 191



The more we know of storms


the more we ought to pray


Sept.' 17-i8, 199. w2 t6 see- .
cane Hugo destroyed and d aed
homae. bi e stral buid-
nlgs, uprooted rees, and killed ooe
or two people la the Virgin Island
We have lot to thak God for. But
are we?
There is talk on the streets that
some of us are even more wicked
after Hurricane Hugo hit these
laind in 1989. One ponon said to
me, 'Olasee. it was just a wamnin
from God, but next time things
could be different.'
Dramatic weather changes are
ahead. The causes and prediction of
them are the subject of many scien-
tific theories related to ahe world's
global climate. Was the drought of
1983 in the central United States
and other countries such as Ethiopia
caused by changes in climactic con-
ditions?
HOw will volcanic activity
increasing and propelling tons of
debris into the atmosphere affect
the world's climate? Is the ozone
layer of the earth being reduced by
peaks in solar activity or by intro-
duction of man-made chemicals
into the atmosphere? Will this
increase ultraviolet radiation reach-
ing the earth, affect man, plant
growth and change weather pat-.
ternms?


Olasee Davis


Owr enwronment


Depite all the sie"ae ad tcds-
nology being applied to studying
weatercurate forecasing s :si
limited to the short term because
these conditions re ever-chang
SIn the earth's atmosphere. The
Bible even mentioned that there
will be signs in rurein these last
days of Earth's history.
Millions of year ago, dinosaur
became extinct. Some scientists
attribute the extinction of the
dinosaurs to global weather
changes. But, on a global scale,
says one climatologist, "we have
seen evidence of an overall warm-
ing trend despite he variations m
year to year."
Since 1980 scientists have been
aware of the genhouse effect. A
Swedish ch Swkantse Ahbetsns.
first adnced the hypothesis that
an increase n the atmospheric con-
oentation of carbon dioxide would
raise the earth's surface temperature
and lead to changes o other aspects


oar climate, such as ainbl..
According to Mr. William M.
Gay of Coloado State University.
Ssp tropical cyclones. "We
d relatively few danger-
ous hurricanes in the 1970s and
1980. However, we may be acting
more bequent 'kie' storms in the
. decades to come. .
Some effects of an atmospheric
warming ar catastrophic. For
xmpe large parens et Aca. the
Middle Bst India and China might
become wetter as a reult of global
warming, and thIs more hospitable
to agriculture.
In 1989. the warming of the
Atlantic Ocean along with other
chemical reactions in the atmo-
sphere created a master Ilke Hurri-
cane Hugo. Carbon dioxide and
other gases event pat of the bt
6om land and water Bm escaping
to outer space. Thus, as carbon
dioxide accumulates enough heat
may be ra d to gradually warm
the amosper. If this greenhouse
eict connues to ic ase, we bet-
ter believe that we will have mo
hurricanes Ul Hugo or even more
dangerous in the years to come.
We want to do is we please in
this li by ei ag our rcal
.ln /a.reist. polids the -ar ,ad so
on. e cannot have It both ways.
Man maii dl th at, although
God gav'e im dominion over all
living things on arth, od is still
omnipoten. In spite of what man
says about global weather changes
let s thank God for sparing our
lives gain through aadther burr-
cae seasm.
ar efc00 eac deg4 r rage as-
as semt ewdfr y eeo Ly, Is a
St. Croix ecologist activist and




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