Nov 28, 2012 by

by Kris Trites

The Earth, photo credit wikipedia

The planet is experiencing extreme weather from tornadoes to super-storms, wild fires, droughts and sea level rise at an unprecedented rate. The National Academy of Sciences–the board of scientists established by Congress in 1863 to advise the federal government on scientific matters–compiled a comprehensive report in 2002 entitled, Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises.. The book sites scientific evidence shows that major and widespread climate changes have occurred with startling speed.

So far this year 2012 has been the hottest year on record in the US, breaking over than 40,000 daily heat records around the country, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Compare that with last year —the ninth warmest on record — when only 25,000 daily records had been set by July.  The first five months of 2012 were the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. And that’s not including June, when 164 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken around the country, according to government records. Most intense heat usually comes in July and August for much of the country. This number is huge compared to 47 all-time high records were tied or broken in June of last year.

Is this the new normal everyone’s asking, consider Super-storm Sandy, how many once a century storms, every few year do we have to have for people to take notice.

In New York Governor Cuomo, and other coastal cities in the US are worried about sea level rise. Super-storm Sandy shows how sea level rise and coastal flooding can be a danger to infrastructure and communities. Sea level rise on the U.S. East Coast has accelerated much faster than in other parts of the world—roughly three to four times the global average, a new study says.

Sea levels worldwide are expected to rise as global warming melts ice and causes water to expand. The levels, are expected to vary from place to place, due to factors such as ocean currents, differences in seawater temperature and saltiness, and believe it or not, the Earth‘s shape.  It’s a big issue for millions of people. Not just the US but globally. Small island nations such as Malta, Rhodes and Crete are seeing historic sea level changes on their coastline.

Ice losses in Antarctica are concentrated on its western coast, while Greenland’s thawing has spread from the south to the northwest since 2005.

The National snow & Ice Data Center finds that in September, Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its minimum extent for the year.  This is the lowest seasonal minimum extent in the satellite record since 1979 and these records have all occurred in the last six years (2007 to 2012) which reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent.

Please see the documentary Chasing Ice , a moving documentary about a photographer trying to record the images of a fast-changing planet before it’s too late.

Right, before it’s to late!!  We need to come together as a global community, beginning at the State level as obviously getting anything accomplishes in Washington is impossible with the polarization of warring factions that used to be Democrats and the now unrecognizable Republicans.  Statistics say that 74 percent of Americans believe in Climate Change  and I urge you all to come forward and be heard!!



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