By Joey Gustufason
So far this autumn has been warmer than past years for the citizens of the Twin Ports. The temperature did not hit record highs, but it was only five degrees away. On Nov. 20, the temperature climbed to 69 degrees Fahrenheit where the old record was 74 degrees.
So far there has been only a handful of snow falls for the Twin Ports area. However, the accumulation has only stuck for a short period of time. Gunnar O’Neill, UW-Superior student and Twin Ports native likes that it’s been warmer than normal so far this year. “The warmer weather has made it a lot easier to get around town. I live in Duluth and have to take the bus. Sitting at the bus station is much more bearable.”
Unfortunately for Gunnar and many others, the weather is supposed to drop significantly in the month of December in the up and coming weeks the temperature outlook is dropping down into the single digits.
However, the average temperature for Nov. 2016 was 11 degrees higher than past years. In fact, since Aug. 2016 the average temperature has been up by at least three degrees over each of the months.
“There are a few different events that has led to warmer weather. Not getting extremely cold at night along with more winds from the south and more rain than usual,” said Carol Christenson, who has been working at the National Weather Service in Duluth Minn., for 27 years as a Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
Others may believe this warm weather is due to climate change and global warming. “We can never know for sure how much impact humans have had on climate change, but we do have an impact” says Christenson. Climate change is always happening and it results in global warming. Global warming is proven with science by doing studies, checking temperatures and trends.
In order to slow down global warming we need to change our routine. Christenson gives ideas on how to prevent global warming from continuing at an alarming rate, “Recycling, walking instead of driving, using green heat and decrease greenhouse gases.”
Eventually fossil fuels will run out, and when they do the world will need a new energy to provide to its people. A study done by the United Kingdom’s Eco-tricity, an energy company specializing in selling green energy, claims the world will run out of fossil fuels by 2088, only 72 years away.
Producing clean, or green energy is a start to slowing down climate change. There are different ways in producing green energy. Solar panels, geo-thermal heating, wind turbines and even underwater turbines powered by currents have shown to provide clean, renewable energy.
Tesla, a car company which powers cars with electricity, has taken a step forward in green energy. This past year, Tesla powered a small island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The new energy projects uses 5,328 solar panels generating 1.4 megawatts of solar power along with a Tesla Powerpack storing 5 megawatts of reserve.
This Island with 600 residents moved to green energy and away from diesel fuel. Just one of the old generators would burn 300 gallons of fuel per day and 109,500 gallons of fuel per year plus shipping. The Solar panels can run without sun for three days and only takes seven hours to fully recharge.
Efforts such as this can diminish the effects of global warming, but it starts with the people of the world to make the change.