Natural disasters not cause for concern

This Earth Observatory image made on Dec. 3, 2012, provided by NASA shows Typhoon Bopha moving toward the Philippines. Typhoon Bopha slammed into the Davao region of the Philippines early Tuesday, Dec. 4, killing at least seven people and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages. (AP Photo/NASA, Jesse Allen)

J. Fed Fox | Collegio Reporters Climate change is not a plausible scenario for a realization of the end of the world scenarios coming up. Despite an apparent increase in extreme weather anomalies, climate change seems to be a minuscule fac order cialis tor. Following Hurricane Sandy, a dry summer, El Nino patterns, Monsoon seasons and other cyclical patterns over long periods of time have shown that this is not unusual. The U.S. has bad droughts every few decades. Charles Blatchley, physics professor and former meteorology teacher at PSU, says weather can’t be analyzed based on the short term. “If you take a longer view of history, the level of severity we’re experiencing isn’t new,”…

Climatologist cautions students to heed the signs

Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter Mary Knapp says that greenhouse gases have a large impact on the atmosphere, with water vapor accounting for the largest chunk of that. “Sources for greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous o uk viagra online xide fluorocarbons and sulfur dioxide,” said Knapp, state climatologist at Kansas State University. “Contrary to popular belief, the globe is actually warming.” Knapp was the first speaker at the annual Campus Sustainability Day at PSU on Oct. 24. She says the extremely hot and dry summer in Kansas last year, and the 30-year average, has become normal. Knapp says averages are taken every 30 years and updated every 10. The Environmental Protection Agency has…