NOAA released some statistics this week showing that this was the warmest spring on record in the United States. Average temperatures in the lower 48 were an astounding 5.2 degrees warmer than average. That 5.2 degree deviance was the largest EVER deviation from normal temperatures, for any season, ever in the United States. The last 12 months have been the warmest 12 months EVER for the United States. EACH of the three spring months of March, April, and May had temperatures in the top-10 warmest ever for those months….the first time that’s ever happened. EVERY state, other than Washington, has had above-average temperatures over the last year.
Just more in a long line of temperature records in recent decades. I haven’t posted anything on climate change for quite some time. A a scientist, for me, given the actual scientific evidence, it’s an extremely obvious fact of life that climate change is occurring. As such, I guess it’s not a big story to me any more when news like this comes out…it’s EXPECTED in my mind. The evidence doesn’t lie. Climate change isn’t going away…it’s a simple fact of life, just like the sun rising in the morning.
But then I remember that hey, this is America. Science doesn’t mean anything to a good chunk of the population. Science has been replaced by political or religious ideology for FAR too many people…one factor that’s leading to the decline of America as the world’s leader in science. When some new data comes in, such as the spring temperature numbers for the U.S., perhaps I SHOULD make a bigger deal out of the data…not for my OWN sake, but for the sake of all the wackos out there who refuse to acknowledge what’s happening right before their very eyes.
I’m 45. In my lifetime, I’m not concerned that climate change will make the earth uninhabitable. In my lifetime, I’m only a little concerned that there will be drastic social and political upheaval due to climate change. But…I also have a 9-year old son. In HIS lifetime? I have NO doubt that climate change will have a profound impact in the second half of his life.
So…when numbers like this come out…when there are reports of Arctic sensors detecting 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere for the first time ever…I SHOULD make a big deal out of it. Not that the wackos will listen…which I find puzzling.
I care about the world my son will inherit. I’m not sure anymore that most Americans care about ANYTHING, other than their own personal, short-term satisfaction.