Item: “There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm,” Bryan Walsh wrote in a February 10 Time magazine online article, commenting on the twin blizzards that buried Washington, D.C., within a few days of each other. He went on: “As the meteorologist Jeff Masters points out in his excellent blog at Weather Underground, the two major storms that hit Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this winter — in December and during the first weekend of February — are already among the 10 heaviest snowfalls those cities have ever recorded. The chance of that happening in the same winter is incredibly unlikely.”
The drowning death of Dawn Brancheau by a killer whale at Orlando’s SeaWorld on Wednesday February 24 was an unimaginable tragedy. It has forced theme park visitors to come to terms with the difficulties and risks that animal trainers must face on a regular basis, all for the sake of research and entertainment.