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Opinion

May 10, 2014

On global warming, natural disasters and plastic bags

As I started writing this, climate change arrived in Marblehead. The rainy dampness was finally replaced with bright sunshine; the yellow forsythia was joined by various kinds of pink and white blossoms, and my daffodils, lasting longer than usual, smiled down on the spreading violets, and look, dandelions!

Oh wait, it’s changing again. Sun moves behind thick clouds, air feels cold, as CNN reports:

“Tuesday. Climate change is here and will only worsen. Get used to more flooding, wildfires and drought, depending on where you live. Cities and states across America already are spending lots of money to respond.

“Those are the take-home messages of a new White House report released Tuesday that is part of President Barack Obama’s second-term effort to prepare the nation for the impacts of a changing climate such as rising sea levels and increasingly erratic weather.”

That’s it, erratic weather. Happening right here in Marblehead as I put on my flannel shirt again. I think the sea will be rising at least twice today, too.

Yes, I’m in a global-disaster-denial mood, having sat through Monday night’s Town Meeting at which the global warming/climate change types passed a ban on plastic bags in Marblehead. I predict this will spread to other North Shore communities until there are no more small plastic grocery bags crawling out of the big plastic trash bags at the bottom of the landfill and climbing the nearest tree or hiking to the nearest beach to choke sea creatures.

First, I must tell you that I shop with cloth bags when I remember to grab one of the 12 I have in the back seat of my car. When I forget, or buy more than I expected, I’m glad to get some plastic ones to clean the litter box and reuse for other household chores.

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