You tell me, is Climate Change real? Are you a Climatologist? A Global Warming Skeptic? Or are you blissfully plugging your ears, turning a blind eye and ignoring the debate, facts, fiction, spin, politics, etc.?
In case you’re in that last category, I’ll just tell you that there are lots and lots of articles reporting radical statistics not only about our weather over the past 12 months but across the past decade and beyond.
Try these on for size:
- June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States.
- Extreme downpours, rainstorms and snowfalls that are among the largest experienced are now happening 30% more often across the United States than in 1948.
- May was the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. – It marked the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average.
So you tell me what’s happening. Is our planet warming? Are our human activities impacting our climate? Are we just having an extreme summer? Is it all coincidence or part of some natural cyclical pattern that will eventually swing the other way?
The subtitle of Bill McKibben’s recent Rolling Stone article reads “Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is.” Take a break between reading about “Breaking Bad” and Justin Bieber and read “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” No matter where you stand in the spectrum of the Climate Change issue, you will be enlightened.
To understand the reality of Global Warming is to know that the ‘warming’ isn’t just about hot summers and mild winters. In July, Environment Connecticut Research and Policy Center released “When it Rains it Pours.” Guess what, it turns out heat, evaporation, drought and precipitation are all related.
Like any issue there are many more layers to Climate Change than we’re often willing or able to discuss or understand but hopefully this provides a good primer for future discussions at MyGreenMentor.
What do you think?