Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Climate Change Hitting Home In America's Backyard

I guess it is fair enough that the country that has caused the most damage to the environment is one of the worst affected by the changing climate that it has caused and a report by the National Climate Assessment explain over 840 pages how the damaged climate is affecting America today.
The climate scientists say its main message was that climate change was already disrupting the lives of Americans today in the form of extreme weather, sea-level rise, and the thawing of Arctic sea ice, a shift in growing seasons, and other indicators, the report said.
It said all Americans are experiencing and will continue to experience the effects of climate change and gave examples such as record-breaking heat, drought and wildfires in the south-west, increased downpours and flood risks in the north-east, midwest and Great Plains states and sea-level rises already causing dangerous flooding in low-lying areas like Miami, Norfolk, Virginia, and New Hampshire, the report said.
Drought and high temperatures were already baking California and Arizona and prolonging the fire season in other parts of the south-west.
In California, warmer winters have made it difficult to grow cherries. In the midwest, wetter springs have delayed planting.
The report also warned of a growing risk of contaminated water supply because of sea-level rise and flooding, and poor air quality as hotter temperatures bring smog, and soot from wildfires drifts across the country. Those with allergies are facing longer pollen and ragweed seasons.
'I think maybe this report will be the turning point when people finally realise that this is about them' said Susan Hassol, the chief science writer on the report.
Unfortunately, the effects of climate change are not restricted to the largest polluters such as America and China and everyone suffers but i'm sure that the climate change deniers will be out in force to tell Obama that it's not happening, even while the droughts and floods devastate the country.

6 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

I have trouble accepting the accuracy of their models, but assuming they are accurate, another of their models predicts that by 2100 global warming will cost $325 billion per year.

It will be hard to get people to spend more than $325 billion per year to save $325 billion. Even with $325 billion being one one-thousandth of one percent of gdp by 2100.

I do find it interesting that when a company is behind research the report is "tainted", but nobody sees a conflict when scientists predict events that will generate billions of dollars of research for scientists...

Q

Lucy said...

People don't trust companies but they trust scientists. The ones who aren't developing robots that will enslave us all anyway.

Anonymous said...

ha ha, i was thinking something similar. scientists brought us gunpower, missiles, numclear weapons... among other goodies

q

Lucy said...

You know what they say about great minds...

Keep Life Simple said...

Minds, i thought it was mimes...

Q

Lucy said...

Great mimes do that walking into the wind thing and being stuck in a glass room the same.