The paper "Equilibrium: Everything Changes" is a perfect example of an essay on environmental studies. Imbalances of temperature and pressure in the atmosphere cause anomalies in the system to occur. This means that the earth is not in equilibrium and needs to re-equilibrate. Sometimes these imbalances cause small changes that we witness in our lives every day. These are wind, snow, fog, etc. But sometimes the disequilibrium causes overblown and drastic harmful changes. Extreme increases in temperatures, melting of huge glaciers, subsequent sea-level elevation, in turn, threatens coastal areas. On the other hand, desertification, great number of wildfires, a rise in numbers the force of typhoons and hurricanes etc due to the warming of ocean waters cause intense damage to areas.
An example of this is the 2005 incident of Katrina hurricane that hit New Orleans. A few more examples are Hurricane Noel which the deadliest and caused $742 of damages, In 2005, the Amazon region suffered from drought caused by increased Atlantic surface temperatures, isolating 35 municipalities. Living in Atlanta, one imbalance that does affect my region is icy weather conditions which lead to blocked roads, cancellation of flights, abandoning of people, especially at night.
Although Atlanta is not as susceptible to hurricanes and natural disasters as coastal Southeast cities, other weather conditions like tornadoes, have done considerable damage to the area over the years. "Much of the Southeast, including Atlanta, is subject to the aftereffects of powerful coastal hurricanes, " says Judith Curry, chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology. An example is ‘ Hurricane Ivan’ which spawned more than 100 tornadoes to the area. Even though this threat exists, Businesses and households in Atlanta remain vulnerable to them. In my opinion, the people in this area can do a lot to be prepared such as: keep a home inventory in a safe place always in stock, build an emergency fund, organize awareness campaigns and plan evacuations routes for the safety of every citizen.