Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Heat Is Back

So the start of college football is only a few days away, and tomorrow begins September with Fall quickly approaching yet in Philadelphia it feels more like the beginning of summer.  Remember that song by Glen Frey "The Heat Is On", well it might not have been written about weather but it would make a great theme song for our summer.

Temperatures are expected to soar to 98.  This has basically been the weather pattern for the whole summer season here on the east coast.  Hot and humid.  In fact, I don't recall a hotter summer in Philadelphia, supposedly the heat is breaking all kinds of records.

I wonder could it be this so called greenhouse effect that is causing such a hot summer?  Supposedly they say the greenhouse effect causes cold winters and hot summers.  Well so far this year we have had both.  Which is kind of scary.  As a kid growing up the weather was never like this.  Occasionally we would get a few hot days here and there but nothing like this. 

Anyway, I think it's about time I learned more and took a more active role in supporting environmental causes.  Even if this weather isn't caused by the so called greenhouse effect, the air warnings that are posted here remind me of how much work there is still to be done in eliminating toxins in our world. 

But where does one even start.  I'm an avid gardener, and I know plantings lots of trees, shrubs, and flowers helps to absorb toxins in the air.  And we need to become better with recycling in our household.  I'd like to find less toxic cleaning products as well.  Are there really non toxic cleaning products that still have the power to eliminate harmful bacteria and germs?

I wonder what other steps can we can take to make the world a cleaner place.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Or know of any really great organizations or charities that are involved in cleaning up or helping the environment?

Not exactly what I planned on blogging about today but sitting here in this very hot room really has me wondering about such stuff....

{found this great illustration on msu website}


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