Reasonable » 27 Jul 2015 9:54 am wrote:
Remember when scientists said 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth? We no longer need to worry about that.
Now, they say it's shaping up to be 2015. The globe also just had its warmest June on record, when a heat wave struck Pakistan, killing more than 1,200 people.
Expect this trend to continue. Earth is experiencing the highest temperatures ever recorded in the last 136 years, according to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Glaciers keep melting, sea levels keep rising. Scientists keep banging the alarms. But perhaps most disturbing is the rapid rate at which climate change is occurring —what NASA recently called "unprecedented in the past 1,300 years."
Meanwhile, an ominous new study published in Science on Thursday said woolly mammoths and other giant hairy beasts that no longer walk the Earth weren't pushed into extinction by human hunters, as previously thought. In fact, it appears they were early victims of climate change, a series of abrupt temperature spikes.
As the lead author said, "it raises serious concerns about the future of our environment."
Natural causes of climate change are still in play today, and monitored by scientists. But their influence is too small or they occur too slowly to explain the rapid global warming we've seen in recent decades. This is primarily the result of human activities, like the burning of fossil fuels, mainstream scientists agree.
A 2013 study found that many species will have to evolve 10,000 times faster than they have in the past to keep up with the Earth's current pace of warming. So let this be a warning: if we don't slow this dangerous trend, we could all end up like the woolly mammoth.
The climate deniers are gradually being cornered. It's sad that it took this long, and we didn't heed the scientific advice to curb global carbon emissions decades ago. But the hard evidence continues to pile up. It should light a fire under the debate leading up to December's Paris conference on climate change. So should the Pope's call for climate action.
How much longer until the troglodytes join in?
Most Americans — even most Republicans — now say they support government action to curb global warming, a poll earlier this year found. Two-thirds said they were more likely to vote for candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They were less likely to vote for those who questioned or denied science that shows humans caused global warming.
Another recent poll found that in the crucial presidential swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia, a clear majority of voters agree with Pope Francis' call to action on the issue, and believe climate change is caused by human activity.
Granted, it may not be their top election issue. But this shows that the arguments of deniers are increasingly untenable and outrageously out of touch. Climate deniers are heading to extinction faster than any other species, and so, we hope, are the Republican candidates who pander to them.http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/201 ... orial.html