Posts Tagged ‘ climate change ’

SENIOR DRIVING EXPERIENCES

Feb 18th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We’ve been evaluating some experiences lately driving our Prius V (Toyota). It’s a snazzy red and we really like the car. But more important, we’re getting better gas mileage than the rating on the auto suggests. It is rated for 42 average; our average miles per gallon is 46, and growing. The reason is we changed our driving habits several years ago, when we got our first hybrid.

What changed? We accelerate slowly from a dead stop. We coast to a stop when approaching a red light. We drive between 55 and 60 mph on interstates. We coast whenever possible; the ‘EV’ light comes on to let us know when electric power comes on and the gasoline engine shuts off, so we know when we’re coasting. We like the challenge of having the EV light on as much as possible while driving in town.



ABOVE NORMAL TEMPS; BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL

Nov 28th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you follow the daily accounting of weather patterns, the picture shows that for most of the nation, temperatures of recent date have been above normal, while rainfall has been below normal. What this suggests, I am not meteorologist enough to know. It presents, however, a picture of lessening water supplies, days with more sun, and drought in those areas where drought has consequences that affect us all.

By now, for everyone except the non thinkers, there is ample scientific evidence that climate change is real. It is supported by more than just daily trends of temperature and moisture. It is complex enough that many simply turn their backs on any consideration of it at all. This, in itself, is a phenomenon that seems endemic to some and epidemic to others. There is something going on and while weather scientists struggle to explain the goings on, for most of us, trying to understand it, is a struggle of our own.



SENIORS: BLUE SKIES AND DRY LAND

Aug 15th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

“Blue skies, nothing but blue skies heading my way” so go the lyrics of a favorite song. That song depicts Texas and other states in the south and southwest. Lots of blue skies, but no clouds, no moisture, no thunderheads, no rain.

The result in Texas is a very depressing and dry climate that is taking its toll on everybody, rural and urban, lakeside and farm, green grassy lawns and trickling streams. It is a phenomenon not new, historically, according to the New York Times on Sunday, August 14 “As Texas Dries Out, Life Falters and Fades.”

Those of us who live here endure, but not without an ache for the land. Trees have taken on the look of fall, lots of browns and yellows, the sign of death is in the air. A huge limb lies in the front lawn, stressed from lack of moisture, waiting to be hauled



Seniors: Whatever it is, the Weather Sure is Changing

Feb 4th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Argue as you will, the weather is changing. Deny climate change or global warming of any other label that may apply, something is amiss. The plummeting temperatures, the record breaking snow, the historic across the continent brutal cold, something is up. Fantasy and denial won’t make it go away. There is something in the air, there is something happening to the oceans, there is something occurring at the poles.

Historians and climatologists claim that there is a shift in weather patterns. Some, who never read much or listen much, claim that those guys don’t know what they are talking about. Say what you will, something is going on. Our world is like a child’s toy spinning in space, until finally it spends itself to a stop. Its energy threatened, its stability questionable, its world wide repetition of disasters and powerful forces constant.