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Sea Level Rise Happening Faster then Predictions!

On Saturday, I decided to go to Hollywood Beach just to relax and take a break after long week. I notice the high tide and how the waves were coming in pretty hard.  A few days later on the news I saw the report of how the barriers the City of Ft. Lauderdale put on A1A  to protect the street were mostly destroyed by the high tide and in-coming waves. It caught everyone by surprise. This is an example of things to come. Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas as far as the impact of sea level rise.

This week, an article came out  by Climate Central’s Michael D. Lomonick titled “Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster than Initial Projections.”. I want to share some of it with you and encourage you to visit the link below to read the entire article.

“Sea level is rising as the planet warms up, but how much it will rise, and how fast is still something climate scientists are working out. And according to a study released late Tuesday in Environmental Research Letters the ocean is already rising faster than the most recent authoritative report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was projecting as recently as 2007.

“Results show that global temperature continues to increase in very good agreement with the best estimates of the IPCC,” the authors of the new study write. “The rate of sea level rise of the past decades, on the other hand, is greater than projected by the IPCC models. This suggests that IPCC sea level projections for the future may also be biased low.”

The IPCC issues comprehensive reports every five to seven years, with the next one due out in 2013-2014. The reports summarize the state of scientific knowledge on climate change, and are used as the underpinning of international climate talks aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

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As usual I provide the information, please investigate and find out more for yourself and take some action in your day to day decisions to protect and heal our planet. YES INDIVIDUAL ACTION CONTRIBUTES TO THE WHOLE.

Peace & Blessings,

Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director,

Operation Green Leaves Inc. http://www.oglhaiti.com

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SEVERE WEATHER, the impact of CLIMATE CHANGE, Time to face the facts!

 

Dear Earth Citizens:

It is a fact that in 2010 several regions of the world expereinced severe weather related events. These included Flash Floods, and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe. These regions were also affected by heatwaves and drought in the Russian Federation, by mudslides in China and severe drought in Sub-Sahara Africa.

The build up of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere during the 20th century is the result of growing use of energy and expansion of the global economy. I understand that humanity needs to grow, find new technologies to make our lives more confortable, but we must do it in a responsible and sustainable manner.

It is well known fact that many scientists warned us that if the climate change crisis is left unchecked, we will see devastationg effects in coming years. We are currently seeing the impact. From what I am observing while watching the devastating impact of SANDY, in the news, it is my opinion that the cost of action on Climate Change is significantly lower thane the cost of inaction.

So today as we watch images of the devastating impacts of  “SUPER STORM SANDY” and after we pray for the victims and families facing these difficult times, I hope you will  understand that it is time for us to take the Climate Change Crisis seriously. Find a way to learn as much as you can from credible sources to help you take action to reduce the impact of this crisis and be prepared instead of reacting. Climate Change is now not in the future.

You might say what can I do? what can one person do? but if all of us “HUMANITY”  take this crisis seriously, the action of the collective will make a diffrence.

Peace and Blessings,

Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director

Operation Green Leaves Inc.

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GLOBAL WARMING, SIMPLY WHAT IS IT?

With the hard economic times facing our world, most people  are too be too busy to take a break and really take time to pay attention and understand what is happening to our planet event though they know that the impact of Global Warming and Climate Change that they have been hearing about in the media is currently impacting their lives. Globally our planet is facing droughts, floods, huge hale storms, violent and severe storm and sea level IS rising.

Today I am providing  simple and basic information which I hope will inspire our readers to investigate and learn more about the subject. It’s time to pay attention to day to day choices and activities to make sure that we do not ad anymore pressure to our planet.

Global warming is linked to the “Greenhouse Effect”. Heat from the sun enters the atmosphere which is the air surrounding the earth. Most of the heat is absorbed b the earth or the atmosphere, though some is reflected back toward the sun. The Earth HEATS UP as it absorbs the Sun’s rays. some absorbed heat is released back into the atmosphere as infrared heat rays. Certain gases trap some of the released heat near the earth’s urface as in a greenhouse, warming the air , land and sea. As these Greenhouse gases increase, more heat is trapped , possibly raising the averages temperature.

Some of the Greenhouse gases that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect include, Carbon Dioxide (CO2), The main sources are the clearing of large areas of forest. Living trees use up CO2. Clearing and burning forests kills the trees while releasing more CO2. Methane, the main sources are Natural Sources, such as swamps, oceans and termites, farming, especially from rice paddies,cattle ranches and of course burning wood.  Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). For many years CFCs were widely used in Refrigerators and Air Conditioners in buildings and cars. Manufacturing processes used to make plastic, foam packages and insulation. Aerosol cans was also a contributor.  The good news is today, many countries have stopped using CFCs or are int he process of phasing them out.  Nitrogen Oxid. Tthe main sources are natural sources including soil, car exhaust, and chemical fertilizers.

You are the consumer, you have the buying power, it is your choice to make sure you buy from companies that acknowlege the crisis facing our earth. Take a few minutes to learn more about these companies and  make sure that their products and services follow the best green and sustainalble practices.

Nadine C. Patrice

Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.

http://www.oglhaiti.com


Climate Change is NOW not at a future Date

I recently came accrooss a video which is very comprehensive regarding the Climate Change and Global Warming crisis that our beautiful planet earth is currently facing. Right now Planet Earth is our only home it is important for all humanity to pay attention and learn more get educated on what is happening to our planet and how they can take action at least to reduce the impact. Our planet is really ONE GLOBAL ECO SYSTEM, when it comes to the environment there are NO BORDERS. We are really ONE and the action of One impacts the whole.

Global Warming and Climate Change is NOW not in the future. Pay attention, learn all you can. Sharing with you a comprehensive video. Our planet is a living, breathing being, we must treat her with reverence and respect. When dealing with the environment there are no borders it is ONE GLOBAL ECO SYSTEM! http://tinyurl.com/c8r49va

Peace and Blessings to all
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director
Operation Green Leaves Inc.
http://www.oglhaiti.com


Go Green Actio Steps

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Nadine C. Patrice Speaks for Haiti at Global Warming Conference

Last week I was honored to be the Lunchtime speaker at Barry University’s Global Warming Conference. The theme of my presentation was ” Haiti’s Environmental Tragedy”. 

Aerial view of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Aerial view of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

My message was that those at the lowest end of the socio-economic levels are the ones who will be affected  the most.  This hurricane season was a ferocious one for Haiti. The entire island was affected from West to East and North to South.  Because all four hurricanes that hit Haiti were mostly a rain events, mudslides and the lost of life was very high. The muslides are the result of Haiti’t almost totally denuded mountains.  For years (18 years) Operation Green Leaves’ message has been that restoring Haiti’s environment should be a top priority. Now, we are seing the wisdom in the warning.

The Global Warming conference was very well attended. I asked everyone present to help me spread the message that “we must be prepared by the next Hurricane season.” We need to take preventive measures that include increasing reforestation nationwide, building necessary infrastructure and providing basic services in the 5 major cities, at a minimum. The Goverment of Haiti, and the elected officials, must plan NOW! They must take steps to diminish the outrageous lost of life we saw this year.

Reforestation must be a NATIONAL PRIORITY in Haiti.

In 2004 after witnessing the death toll and destruction in Haiti when Tropical Storm Jeanne hit, we were sad and all sectors of the international community made promises to be ready, and make changes, to reduce the lost of life the next time. Four years later, with the increase of Global Warming, we had one of the most dangerous and vicious hurricane seasons on record. We are crying AGAIN. We are saddened AGAIN. The pictures of a totally ravaged Haiti were spread on the internet. But, that was months ago. What is being done, TODAY?

I am hoping we will learn, this time. I am hoping the responsible authorities and agencies in Haiti will start preparing NOW. I asked everyone in the audience to help me give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless. Love to the children.

Haitian Nationals and friends of Haiti must pressure the Haitian government and those in charge to provide the basic needs and infrastructure to the people of Haiti, so next time fewer lives will be lost.