Greetings once again to one and all! Plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. In atmospheric science news, our changing climate is front and center and will be for many years as humanity grapples with the best path of adaptation. The coronavirus is the big story with the USA now under, as of 13 March 2020, a national emergency and a world-wide pandemic that’s like nothing the world’s population has never seen. We’ll cover that topic with several of this week’s picks…so let’s get started.
- The internet is awash with fake science…charlatans, homeopathic witch doctors, paranormal beliefs, et al. are everywhere. Sadly, many people lack the critical thinking skills that are easily learned to disseminate between real science that has survived the rigors of the scientific method and those with conspiratorial, nefarious misinformation and lies. “How Technology Can Combat the Rising Tide of Fake Science.”
- In this day and age of very trying news, here’s an encouraging story on the renewable energy front. “2019 Was a Record Year for U.S. Solar Power.”
- Air quality is an ever present hazard to many people around the globe. COVID-19 just made that much, much worse.
- The origins of viruses is part history of medical science and (almost) part science fiction. Here’s a startling read on the origins of the coronavirus.
- Is the COVID-19 like climate change? This essay points out some important similarities.
- Different generations spread COVID-19 in many ways. Here’s a good read on how they differ.
- Speaking of generations, for my parents generation, who endured the Great Depression & fought World War 2, ‘voluntary’ was treason, ‘loose lips sink ships,’ & sacrifices, blackouts, & rationing were the norm. “For pandemics & climate change, voluntary measures aren’t enough.”
- Testing for the coronavirus is a critical technique for humans to conduct. Unfortunately, the United States has done a dismal job of testing.
- Washing your hands with soap is actually more effective in keeping you from getting sick with a myriad of illnesses than using hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is good, but nothing beats the old-school soap and water.
- Last but not least, here’s a read that I hope many of you will find helpful. There’s not a lot of good news from social media and the worldwide media and that can be very taxing on even the sturdiest of souls. Here’s some good advice on maintaining a less–stressed and even positive outlook in our very challenging situation.
Tornado Safety Guidelines
Severe weather and tornadoes may be the last thing many want to hear about, but it is that time of year and to deny or avoid that reality is to invite trouble. With the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we have our biggest annual increase in severe weather activity. For much of North America, that also means a substantial increase in tornado activity. If you are in a Tornado Warning, it’s imperative that you do not ignore the warming or listen for sirens. “Tornado warning sirens” are cold-war era technology that is ineffective. When you do take shelter, please follow the following guidelines from NOAA & the National Weather Service.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TAKE SHELTER FROM A STORM AND/OR TORNADO IN AN UNDERPASS!
An emergency kit is also an essential part of severe weather preparedness. This handy checklist from the American Red Cross will help you get started. Since severe weather and other weather-related disasters can occur year round, it’s an excellent idea to have this at the ready regardless of where you live or the month/season.
That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so am I and I invite you to enjoy me. Once again I’d like to thank so many of you for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received as of late. Cancer does not have to be an automatic death sentence and I have no intention of giving up this fight and will accept nothing but absolute and total victory. If you’re a male over the age of 40, you should discuss getting your PSA tested with your doctor. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is an excellent website with further information. As for the coronavirus, please follow good personal hygiene and prescribed by official sources, stay safe, and stay healthy!
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