February 13, 2014 |
With the American South locked in a deep freeze, you can be sure that plenty of the folks suffering through the snow and ice storms are interpreting the big chill as more proof that global warming is a hoax. “Warming?” they scoff. “How can the planet be warming when it's so darn cold?” People in other parts of the world seem to have no great difficulty understanding the science but, in the good old USA where quite a few people consider science just another political opinion, it is going to take a lot longer to get most people to accept the cold facts about a warmer world.
February 6, 2014 |
The severe drought in California and much of the West is a reminder that civilized life is a paper-thin veneer that overlays the deep upheavals of nature. Humans carry on blithely, holding fast to the illusion that the natural world can be tamed and exploited with no unavoidable consequences. Then we get slammed by a hurricane, a flood, a tornado, a wildfire, a drought or a freezing polar vortex that lets us know how wrong we are. Yet, after each disaster, we forget again -- which is the reason so few of us give any sustained attention to the climate change peril.
January 29, 2014
Re "GOP seeks to tap water crisis," Jan. 27 Good of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to drop by to help California fix our drought. Regarding reduced water deliveries to farmers to protect an endangered fish species, he claims that people from his part of the world wouldn't understand "how you can favor fish over people. " Neither would we. Perhaps he can help his people understand that it is never that simple. Perhaps he can explain that as a consequence of the changing global climate, the Southwestern part of our country is becoming ever drier, making it more difficult for all species, including people and fish.
January 21, 2014 |
Global warming continues unabated -- yes, parts of the U.S. are now freezing and we were recently sucked into the polar vortex. No matter, NASA says, the average global temperature hasn't ceased its upward creep. The space agency announced Tuesday the results of a study by its Goddard Institute for Space Studies showing 2013 in a tie with 2006 and 2009 as the seventh-warmest year since 1880. 2005 and 2010 are the warmest on record. Year over year, temperatures may drop, but more important is the change decade over decade, scientists say. There's been a rise of 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880 as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have ratcheted up, the research shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 |
Major storms will be more destructive to coastal areas of Los Angeles as sea level rise accelerates over the century, according to a new study the city of Los Angeles commissioned to help it adjust to climate change. The study by USC took inventory of the city's coastal neighborhoods, roads, its port, energy and water infrastructure to evaluate the damage they would face from a storm under sea level rise scenarios anticipated for mid-century and 2100. Climate change, experts say, will worsen the flooding and erosion coastal areas already face during big storms as rising sea levels result in higher tides and bigger waves and storm surges.
January 7, 2014 |
"The Daily Show" returned from its holiday break and attempted to avoid controversy. Gone were the days of the so-called war on Christmas, Jon Stewart said. They planned to avoid hot-button issues such as politics and religion. Instead, they would focus on something more benign. Like the weather. As it happens, much of the country is caught in the grip of record cold temperatures and snow, caused by something called a polar vortex. And according to the hosts and pundits on Fox News, those freezing temps are further evidence that global warming is a hoax.