Read this: Here is another piece of evidence telling us that climate change is real and we better pay attention. The article below from The Daily KOS, by Meteor Blades relays the latest information from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The study shows that “the winter of 2015-2016 was the warmest winter ever recorded for the 48 contiguous states in the 122 years records have been kept”. Even for our “I’m not a scientist crowd this should mean something”.
The study lists many different indicators all of which show hot, dire results. Some of these were:
- “December-February average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 36.8°F, 4.6°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 36.5°F set in 1999/2000”,
- “all six New England states were record warm, and there was only one tiny speck of blue on the entire wintertime temperature map of the lower 48, though you’d probably need a magnifying glass to find it. (Hint: It’s near Yellowstone National Park.)”,
- “Alaska’s winter was more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal”
The authors opinions are blunt but hopeful summing things as they say: “It’s happening, and it’s going to get worse. But impacts can be ameliorated if we take action to keep fossil fuels in the ground, something that can only be achieved if we rapidly transform our energy, transportation, and agricultural systems. And if we dump the deniers and delayers in Congress (largely Republicans but there are always a few Democrats to worry about), in state legislatures, and—harder still, obviously—in industry. The alternative is grim.”
Read the article then use it to counter your denying friends.